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Statistical modeling of changes in relative sea level in Maine during the Holocene Era

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  • N.S. Altman
  • G. Balco
  • C. Crainiceanu
  • W.R. Gehrels
  • J. Qiu
  • J. Staudenmayer
  • P. Sullivan


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DateE-pub ahead of print - 2 May 2013
DatePublished (current) - Aug 2013
Issue number5
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)298-305
Early online date2/05/13
Original languageEnglish


Understanding past relative sea-level changes is important to a number of social and scientific questions, including the effects of global climate change and future land-use planning under scenarios of accelerated sea-level rise with a concomitant increased threat to coastal areas around the world. In particular, accurately characterizing millennial sea-level changes is important in evaluating vertical movements of the Earth's crust that happen in response to the advances and retreats of ice sheets during long-term climatic cycles. In this paper, we analyze sea-level data from several Maine salt marshes previously reported in a paper from the geological literature. We address these data and questions of geological interest with a 'smooth transition' model.

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