Rising sea levels to sink Trident base? Good news for some Scots


(c) AP Photo/Danny Lawson

I’m not sure I could wait as long as the Scottish Natural Heritage report suggests – 2080. By then, they think Firth of Clyde sea levels could be 47cm higher and flood the Faslane base. Presumably, Somerset will have become permanently water so the submarines could be based in Yeovil?

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The report predicts more than 100 coastal areas being affected including the rail-link at Prestwick Airport as well as Greenock, Gourock, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Dunoon, Faslane, Inverkip, Largs, Stevenston, Irvine, Troon, Prestwick, Ayr and Girvan! I live up the only decent-sized hill in Ayr. I’ll stop complaining about my sore knees now. I may not make it to 2080, of course, being 66 as I write.

SNH chair Mike Cantlay reported in Energy Voice said:

‘As part of our role protecting all of nature for all of Scotland, we conduct regular research into the long-term future of Scotland’s natural environment. Having this advance notice allows partners to work together to address potential issues and plan ahead for ways to mitigate these risks.’

Seriously, time to get planning and preparing for this but don’t tell the MoD.



4 thoughts on “Rising sea levels to sink Trident base? Good news for some Scots

  1. Alex Beveridge September 22, 2017 / 8:06 am

    I didn’t realise until a few days ago that you were back writing again. Good to hear from you again John. Please keep up the good work. You, and all the other independence-minded websites are absolutely essential to our cause.


  2. johnrobertson834 September 22, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Thank you Alex. Your support and encouragement means a lot to me.


  3. Clydebuilt September 22, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Interesting letter in today’s Herald, by a Donald McSwein, making the point that sea level rises in some parts of the UK are offset by the Land rising. Bases this on personal experience from living on Jura, and recent article published by the Geological Society of America one data source for the report was from the NASA Scientific Data Purchase Programme. Conclusion drawn was that sea level changes around Britain had marked variations. Largest change calculated was in the Firth of Clyde.

    Is it possible the American Military have produced this report to encourage the Brits to go ahead with Trident renewal


    • johnrobertson834 September 22, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      There’s a thought. I was surprised to read it as I thought we were still rising after the ice offload while the south was sinking.


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