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Global climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico: considerations for integrated coastal management

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Global climate change is important in considerations of integrated coastal management in the Gulf of Mexico. This is true for a number of reasons. Climate in the Gulf spans the range from tropical to the lower part of the temperate zone. Thus, as climate warms, the tropical temperate interface, which is currently mostly offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, will increasingly move over the coastal zone of the northern and eastern parts of the Gulf. Currently, this interface is located in South Florida and around the US-Mexico border in the Texas-Tamaulipas region. Maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems is important because they will be more resistant to climate change.

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Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Global climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico: considerations for integrated coastal management
Volume
4
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publisher location:
College Station
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Description:
Chapter 14
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Gulf of Mexico origin, waters, and biota, volume 4: ecosystem-based management
Country:
United States
State:
Florida;Texas
Other Geospatial:
Gulf Of Mexico