U.S. estuary study shows climate change, water level vulnerability

By on August 16, 2013
Coast of Lake Superior (Credit: Richie Diesterheft, Wikimedia Commons)

A new study led by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Extension has shown that some coastal areas of the U.S could be in jeopardy in the event of future climate change, according to a release from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Researchers studied 28 Natural Estuarine Research Reserves throughout the United States and Puerto Rico to gauge how temperature and sea level change might affect coastal territories both biologically and socially.

The researchers factored in how climate change might impact the landscape of coastal communities as well as their economies, which depend on the jobs, tourism and recreation generated by estuaries.

The study showed that many of the 28 estuary reserves studied would be negatively affected, with populations near Lake Superior being especially vulnerable.

Image: Coast of Lake Superior (Credit: Richie Diesterheft, Wikimedia Commons)

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