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Coastal wetlands and global change: overview

January 1, 1997

The potential impacts of climate change are of great practical concern to those interested in coastal wetland resources. Among the areas of greatest risk in the United States are low-lying coastal habitats with easily eroded substrates which occur along the northern Gulf of Mexico and southeast Atlantic coasts. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have identified coastal wetlands as ecosystems most vulnerable to direct, large-scale impacts of climate change, primarily because of their sensitivity to increases in sea-level rise.

Publication Year 1997
Title Coastal wetlands and global change: overview
DOI 10.3133/fs08997
Authors G.R. Guntenspergen, B. Vairin, V.R. Burkett
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 089-97
Index ID fs08997
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wetlands Research Center