Sea Level Rise and Wetland Loss

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


Increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide and other gases are expected to raise global temperatures several degrees in the next century. Such a global warming could raise sea level a few feet by expanding ocean water, melting mountain glaciers, and eventually causing polar glaciers to slide into the oceans. Because coastal wetlands are only a few feet above sea level, one of the most likely consequences will be a loss or transformation of these ecosystems.

Subject Headings: Sea level | Wetlands (fresh water) | Wetlands (coastal) | Ocean engineering | Ecosystems | Global warming | Coastal processes | Carbon dioxide

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