Representing the function and sensitivity of coastal interfaces in Earth system models

Nature Communications
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Abstract

Along coastal interfaces, components of the Earth system interact to regulate ecosystem functions and Earth’s climate. Between the land and ocean, diverse coastal ecosystem types transform, store, and transport material. A dynamic two-way exchange of energy and matter is driven by hydrological and marine processes such as river and groundwater discharge, tides, waves, and storms. Global models lack representation of coastal processes and related feedbacks on Earth’s climate and ecosystems, impeding their predictions of coastal and global response to change. We recommend leveraging existing monitoring networks and regional models to develop and validate global models that include the coastal interface.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Representing the function and sensitivity of coastal interfaces in Earth system models
Series title Nature Communications
DOI 10.1038/s41467-020-16236-2
Volume 11
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Nature
Contributing office(s) WMA - Earth System Processes Division
Description 2458, 14 p.
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