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Impacts of climate change on Oregon's coasts and estuaries

April 1, 2011

Earth’s changing climate is expected to have significant physical impacts along the coast and estuarine shorelands of Oregon, ranging from increased erosion and inundation of low lying areas, to wetland loss and increased estuarine salinity. The environmental changes associated with climate change include rising sea levels, increased occurrences of severe storms, rising air and water temperatures, and ocean acidification. The combination of these processes and their climate controls are important to beach and property erosion, flood probabilities, and estuarine water quality, with the expectation of significant changes projected for the 21st century.

In the following sections we attempt to summarize the most recent literature documenting historical changes as well as what may be expected to occur in response to climate change. Where little information is available we draw preliminary conclusions about the potential for specific impacts. When possible we highlight what research is needed to bridge knowledge gaps to improve our ability to identify climate change impacts more precisely, ultimately allowing for future projections.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2010
Title Impacts of climate change on Oregon's coasts and estuaries
Authors Ruggiero, Cheryl A. Brown, Paul D. Komar, Jonathan C. Allan, Deborah A. Reusser, Lee
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Index ID 70043813
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Fisheries Research Center