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White Paper: Summary of the NOAA Workshop - Ecological Effect of Sea Level Rise in the Florida Panhandle and Coastal Alabama: Research and Modeling Needs
AUER, C., K. WILLIAMS, A. B. RODRIGUEZ, J. C. FEYEN, J. D. HAGY, E. REYES, P. E. HINESLEY, AND L. GRIFFIN. White Paper: Summary of the NOAA Workshop - Ecological Effect of Sea Level Rise in the Florida Panhandle and Coastal Alabama: Research and Modeling Needs. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ann Arbor, MI, 2008.
This document summarizes the discussion and conclusions reached by participants in a NOAA sponsored workshop held at theGulf Ecology Division in January 2008. The workshop addressed the topic of ecological effects of sea-level rise in the Florida Panhandle and Coastal Alabama. One of the central aims of the workshop was to identify research priorities to be communicated to prospective applicants for NOAA's expected RFP, which will launch a research program addressing the topic of the white paper.
The Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) is addressing current and future impacts to ecological systems due to the long term effect of sea level rise due to climate change and subsidence on coastal ecosystems through the peer-reviewed research program, the Ecological Effect of Sea Level Sea Level Rise (EESLR). Through competitive research, the goal of this program is development of models and maps to accurately forecast the response of coastal ecosystems to sea level rise and erosion. For the new EESLR program in Florida and Alabama, CSCOR convened a Steering Committee of experts and hosted a workshop to ascertain relevant scientific data and knowledge and to develop an understanding of the environmental management needs in response to long term sea level rise and associated erosion of the Florida Panhandle and Coastal Alabama. This White Paper summarizes the consensus of the workshop of the scientific gaps and management needs to develop ecological models, maps and tools to forecast sea level effects on coastal ecosystems.