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Inventory and protection of salt marshes from risks of sea-level rise at Acadia National Park, Maine

Fact Sheet 2011-3015

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Abstract

Recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) climate studies in the northeastern United States have shown substantial evidence of climate-related changes during the last 100 years, including earlier snowmelt runoff, decreasing occurrence of river ice, and decreasing winter snowpack. These studies related to climate change are being expanded to include investigation of coastal wetlands that might be at risk from sealevel rise. Coastal wetlands, particularly salt marshes, are important ecosystems that provide wildlife nursery and breeding habitat, migratory bird habitat, water quality enhancement, and shoreline erosion control. The USGS is investigating salt marshes in Acadia National Park with the goal of determining which salt marshes may be threatened by sea-level rise and which salt marshes may be able to adapt to sea-level rise by migrating into adjacent low-lying lands.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Inventory and protection of salt marshes from risks of sea-level rise at Acadia National Park, Maine
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2011-3015
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2011
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Maine Water Science Center
Description:
4 p.
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N