Rising Sea Level, Storms, and Coastal Erosion at Ocean City, Maryland

by James G. Titus, US EPA, Office of Policy Analysis, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


This paper describes the 'greenhouse effect', and its impact on future sea level rise; provides an overview of the possible impacts on Maryland and other coastal areas; summarizes the results of three independent studies that examined potential erosion of Ocean City, Maryland's beaches from sea level rise and other factors; discusses the implications of these studies; and suggests additional steps that could help Ocean City and similar communities prepare for the consequences of future sea level rise.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Erosion | Oceanography | Ecosystems | Coastal management | Islands | Thermal pollution | Beaches | Maryland | United States

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