The southeastern coastal region encompasses vast areas of wetland habitat important to wildlife and other economically
valuable natural resources. Located on the interface between sea and land, these wetland habitats are affected by both sea-level
rise and hurricanes, and possibly by hydroperiod associated with regional climatic shifts. Increased sea level is expected
to accompany global warming because of higher sea temperatures and ice melt. To help determine the effects of sea-level
rise on these wetlands, USGS scientists created computer models of coastal flooding and wetland loss.