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The Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise

Rising sea level has worldwide consequences because of its potential to alter ecosystems and habitability of coastal regions. The vulnerability of coastal areas varies with shoreline physical attributes and the amount of development. Low lying developed areas in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Gulf Coast are especially at risk. Damages and economic losses could be reduced if decision makers understand the potential impacts of sea level rise and use this information for planning. The outcome of this research will be the development of tools useful for coastal managers to mitigate regional ecological impacts of sea level rise.

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