Coastal Zone: Climate Change & Coastal Stressors
CCRM has been researching the effects of coastal stressors on nearshore habitats and biological communities for several years. These critical nearshore ecosystems serve as nursery and feeding grounds for many nekton and invertebrate species and given their proximity to upland activities, these communities may be particularly sensitive to changes in land use and developmental pressures.
Coastal Stressors include:
Conversion of land to commercial or residential uses,
Shoreline hardening, dredging/filling and associated loss of intertidal habitat,
Problems associated with development, such as stormwater runoff, vegetation removal, low dissolved oxygen and harmful algal blooms, and
Degradation of ecosystems from excess nutrients, sediments and contaminants.
Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Projects
Coastal Stressors Projects