Sea Level Research - Benjamin Horton

By the end of the 21st century, up to 1 billion people worldwide will live along low elevation coastal zones. These low-lying coastal regions are vulnerable to changes in sea level brought about by climate change, storms or earthquakes. Our research concerns sea-level change. The Sea Level Research Laboratory aims to understand and integrate the external and internal mechanisms that have determined sea-level changes in the past, and which will shape such changes in the future. Our findings, therefore, impact upon important ethical, social, economic, and political problems specifically facing such coastal regions.


26 Aug 2021

In this interview series, we learn about the perspectives of the PhD students whose wide-ranging work contribute to the...

Latest Projects

The SouthEast Asia SEA-level program (SEA2) will integrate instrumental, historical, and geological sea-level datasets in Southeast Asia with sophisticated modeling capabilities to improve the accuracy of projections of sea-level rise and extreme...

Projections of future RSL change can be improved with a better understanding of how RSL has changed since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM).

Our understanding of Common Era (last 2000 years) sea levels are derived from a variety of proxy relative sea-level (RSL) reconstructions that constrains the past position of sea level in space and time.



John C. Frye Environmental Geology Award


President’s Chair in Earth Sciences