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Sea-level Rise Impacts on Oregon Estuaries: Biology and Hydrology

Citation:

Brown, C. AND Chris Janousek. Sea-level Rise Impacts on Oregon Estuaries: Biology and Hydrology. Presented at “Workshop on Sea-Level Hazards: What’s the Risk and What Can we Do?” organized by the Oregon Coastal Management Program and Oregon Sea Grant, Tillamook, OR, October 24 - 29, 2012.

Impact/Purpose:

Estuaries are located at the margin of the land and ocean and as a result they are particularly sensitive to sea level rise and other climate drivers. In this presentation, we summarize the potential impacts of sea level rise on key estuarine habitats, including seagrass, tide flats, and marshes. This presentation will be presented at a workshop entitled “Workshop on Sea-Level Hazards: What’s the Risk and What Can we Do?” organized by the Oregon Coastal Management Program and Oregon Sea Grant. The purpose of these workshops is to explore how information about natural hazards related to sea levels might affect coastal communities. The workshops will present the findings of a recent study about sea level rise along the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. They are intended to foster discussion about what the findings mean; how they can be used; what communities can do; and what tools, additional information, or other resources communities may need to be able to respond to information about sea level hazards.

Description:

Estuaries are transitional ecosystems located at the margin of the land and ocean and as a result they are particularly sensitive to sea level rise and other climate drivers. In this presentation, we summarize the potential impacts of sea level rise on key estuarine habitats including seagrass, tide flats, and marshes. We summarize recent regional research and discuss knowledge gaps in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, we present adaptation strategies for protection of estuarine resources and ecosystem services in a changing climate. This abstract does not necessarily reflect EPA policy. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 10/29/2012
Record Last Revised: 01/22/2013
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 248232

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

PACIFIC COASTAL ECOLOGY BRANCH