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Climate Change - Lower Pocomoke River - Mesohaline (POCMH)

CURRENT COASTAL HABITAT COMPOSITION

52.2km² - Tidal Marsh
  8.6 km² - Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
63.2 km² - Shallow Water
61.8 km  - Beaches

Virginia’s Lower Pocomoke River is located in Accomack County. Much of the shoreline is undeveloped (18% developed riparian lands and 0.8% hardened shoreline). Accomack County has a low average annual rate of permitted shoreline hardening of 1.3 km/yr (0.04% of the shoreline).


COASTAL HABITATS SHIFTS WITH CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Shallow-Water and Tidal Wetlands- depiction of existing tidal wetland (vegetated & non-vegetated) and shallow-water habitat, with projected shifts due to sea level rise

  • Tidal Marsh Vulnerability - depiction of existing tidal marsh and vulnerability to inundation from projected sea level rise within 50-100 years. Marshes classified at low risk represent potential wetland preservation opportunities

  • Estuarine Beach Vulnerability- depiction of existing estuarine beach and vulnerability to inundation from projected sea level rise within 50-100 years. Beaches classified at low risk represent potential habitat preservation opportunities

  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - depiction of existing submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and projected shifts due to sea level rise and elevated temperatures

  • Vulnerable Developed Lands - depiction of existing developed lands and vulnerability to inundation from projected sea level rise

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