Assessment of Sea Level Rise Vulnerability for Southern California Coastal Estuaries
A recent study by Doughty et al. 2016 sought to improve regional predictions of the impacts of sea-level rise (SLR) to coastal wetlands in Southern California. The authors developed a rule-based model that incorporated topography, sediment accretion rates, tidal inlet dynamics and plant response to future sea-level rise scenarios. The model was applied to 100 wetlands along the Southern California coast. Study findings predict that if wetlands are not able to migrate upland, the region will lose up to 12% of marsh habitat with a 24-inch SLR (by 2050) and a 48% loss of marsh habitat with a 63-inch SLR (by 2100). View report
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9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management
Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) proudly present the 9th National Summit, December 8-13, 2018, in Long Beach, CA, which will bring together the coastal restoration and management communities for an integrated discussion to explore issues, solutions, and lessons learned in their work. The Summit will provide timely and much-needed attention to the challenges and opportunities for coastal and estuarine restoration and management. It will bring together a unique blend of people who are involved in policy, science, strategy, business, and on-the-ground restoration and management.
The Summit Program will address all aspects of coastal and estuarine restoration and management, in all ecosystems, at all scales, and in all regions, including the Great Lakes and international locales. These topics are crucial as coastal communities pursue new, more robust strategies to effectively manage, protect, and restore their resources in a changing climate. Ensuring these resources, and the communities that rely on them, are resilient now and into the future will be a particular focus.