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Mid-Atlantic Coastal Habitats and Environmental Implications of Sea Level Rise

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 17 short assessments of mid-Atlantic species potentially threatened by the loss of habitat resulting from rising sea level and the expected resulting shore protection. For each of these studies, the authors examined elevation maps, projections of wetland loss, and sea level planning maps.

Mid-Atlantic Barrier Island and Back Bays

Long Island: South Shore
New Jersey Coastal Bays
Atlantic Coastal Bays of Delaware and Maryland
The Virginia Barrier Islands

Chesapeake Bay

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

Other Large Estuaries

Long Island North Shore and Peconic Estuary
New York City and Vicinity
Raritan Bay and the Meadowlands
Delaware Bay

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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