The Study of Inferred Patterns of Holocene Sea-Level Change from Atlantic and Other European Coastal Margins as a Means of Testing Models of Earth Crustal Behaviour

  • R. J. N. Devoy
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 334)


The course of sea-level and shoreline research has been intimately connected with the study of earth rheology since the first clear defining and testing of these concepts against real earth data in the 19th century. The innovation of computing and mathematical modelling has now established a firm methodology for the use of sea-level indices in helping test earth rheological models, particularly in regions of former glaciation. In Atlantic Europe a variety of sea-level approaches evidence the isostatic subsidence of the southern North Sea in the area of the western Netherlands at ~0.5m yrs −1000 since ~6,000 BP, though rates are shown to be locally highly variable. Land uplift and subsidence in the Thames area is placed in the context of long term tectonic influences. The work here reviews the uplift and subsidence data available from the region and discusses the subsequent modelling of earth rheology and the present thrust of approaches here to sea-level studies.


Shoreline Position Land Uplift Thames Estuary Mantle Viscosity Geoid Change 
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  • R. J. N. Devoy
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  1. 1.Department of Geography, College Road CorkUniversity College CorkIreland

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