The changes in the open ocean influence the coasts in many ways. Sea level rise will challenge coastal infrastructure. The changes in the open ocean influence the coasts in many ways. Sea level rise will challenge coastal infrastructure. Changes in the temperature and circulation of the open ocean have a powerful influence on the coastal ocean, bays and estuaries.
While the oceans are interconnected, they will change differently in different places and at different rates.
What do we know about the relationship between open ocean and coastal ocean change?
Which of these changes present the greatest risks?
What will we need to learn to evaluate adaptation strategies?
Living Coastlines: Using Nature to Help Us Adapt to Climate ChangeLast Updated on 2010-12-22 08:48:19
Living Coastlines: Using Nature to Help Us Adapt to Climate Change
Lynne Zeitlin Hale, Michael Beck, Imen Meliane, Sarah Newkirk, and Susan Ruffo[i]
The world’s coasts are where nearly half of humanity lives, enjoying the ocean’s bounty but vulnerable to its power. Much of the coast’s living border – its marshes, mangroves, coral reefs, shellfish reefs and beaches, which has sustained and protected communities for millennia –have been converted, degraded or destroyed. As coastal development continues, sea level rise accelerates, coastal hazards increase, and coastal residents’ safety net frays from increasing climate change-related impacts, human communities along the coasts need their natural resources more than ever.
Coastal communities and decision-makers urgently need to develop pragmatic, cost-effective strategies to... More »
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