Integrated field analysis & modeling of the coastal dynamics of sea level rise in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Sediment-laden water in the northern Gulf of Mexico from Atchafalaya River

Last Updated: 29 December 2016

One of the most prominent aspects of global climate change is sea level rise (SLR). With nearly a quarter of the world’s population living within 100 km of a shoreline and 100 m in elevation of sea level, SLR has the potential to considerably impact both human and ecological habitats. The Gulf of Mexico coast sustains a diverse habitat including delta marshes, lower river floodplain forests, and oyster reefs, which provide for many commercially important species. Strategies to maintain or enhance the resiliency to SLR of these ecosystems and the communities they surround will be informed by the application of tools that enable scenario assessments of future conditions and adaptation actions. This special issue features articles that examine impacts from the coastal dynamics of SLR through integrated field assessments and models representing tides, wind-wave, surge, coastal morphology, overland, and biological processes. Articles on the advantages of employing a collaborative science-management process and future science priorities are also included.

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