The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: Coastal

Coastal and marine environments are intrinsically linked to climate in many ways. The ocean is an important distributor of the planet’s heat, and this distribution could be strongly influenced by changes in global climate over the 21st century. Sea-level rise is projected to accelerate during the 21st century, with dramatic impacts in low-lying regions where subsidence and erosion problems already exist. Many other impacts of climate change on the oceans are difficult to project, such as the effects on ocean temperatures and precipitation. The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: Coastal offers a comprehensive review of potential impacts to coastal systems due to climate change.