White Paper: Sea Level Rise and Associated Erosion of the Florida Panhandle and Coastal Alabama
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are addressing current and future impacts to ecological systems due to the long term effect of sea level rise due to climate change and subsidence on coastal ecosystems through the peer-reviewed research program, the Ecological Effect of Sea Level Sea Level Rise (EESLR). Through competitive research, the goal of this program is development of models and maps to accurately forecast the response of coastal ecosystems to sea level rise and erosion.
For the new EESLR program in Florida and Alabama, NCCOS convened a Steering Committee of experts and hosted a workshop to ascertain relevant scientific data and knowledge and to develop an understanding of the environmental management needs in response to long term sea level rise and associated erosion of the Florida Panhandle and Coastal Alabama.
This White Paper summarizes the consensus of the workshop of the scientific gaps and management needs to develop ecological models, maps and tools to forecast sea level effects on coastal ecosystems.