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Santa Barbara coastal system with increasing sea level rise

Detailed Description

Conceptual diagram of the tipping points in the Santa Barbara coastal system with increasing sea level rise. 

A) Present day: coastal habitats and infrastructure vulnerable.

B) 0.5 meter sea level rise (SLR): sandy beach ecosystems squeezed by SLR and urban infrastructure, tidal marsh habitats degrading.

C) 1 meter SLR: sandy beach ecosystems and salt marsh habitats almost completely eliminated, daily tidal flooding impacts urban environments.

D) 2 meter SLR: Habitats lost, and urban environment highly susceptible to daily and periodic storm impacts. 

Sources/Usage

Public Domain.