Sea Level Rise And The Coastal Environment9

The coastlines of the United States and the world are major centers of economic and cultural development, where populations and associated structural development continue to grow. The coasts are also home to critical ecological and environmental resources. Coastal areas have always experienced various risks and hazards, such as flooding from coastal storms. However, coastal managers and property owners are concerned about how these risks are being and will be intensified by sea level rise and other climate changes.

9 For additional discussion and references, see Chapter 7 in Part II of the report.

FIGURE 2.6 Annual, global mean sea level as determined by records of tide gauges (red and blue curves) and satellite altimetry (black curve). For further details see Figure 7.2. SOURCE: Bindoff et al. (2007).

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