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Coastal Habitats and Environmental Implications of Sea Level Rise along Chesapeake Bay

This page links to short papers from J.G. Titus and E.M. Strange (eds.), Background Documents Supporting Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.1: Coastal Elevations and Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise, EPA 430-R-07-004. U.S. EPA, Washington, DC. (PDF 11.7 MB)

Chapter 3 of that report contains 9 short assessments of species potentially harmed by the loss of habitat resulting from rising sea level and the expected resulting shore protection along the shores of Chesapeake Bay. For each of these studies, the authors examined elevation maps, projections of wetland loss, and sea level planning maps.

Hampton Roads
Middle Peninsula
Northern Neck
Lower Potomac
Upper Tidal Potomac
Western Shore
Upper Bay
Chester to Choptank
VA Eastern Shore

For additional reports focused on the implications of rising sea level, go to More Sea Level Rise Reports.

This document has been reviewed in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency peer and administrative review policies and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use. Please send comments to James G. Titus, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. 20460.

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