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The impact of climate change on coastal ecosystems

Chapter


Abstract


  • In this chapter we stress two other important features of coasts and coastal

    ecosystems. First, these are dynamic systems that continually undergo adjustments,

    especially through erosion and redeposition, in response to a range of processes.

    Many coastal ecosystems adjust naturally at a range of timescales, and their

    potential for response is examined partly by reconstructing how such systems

    have coped with natural changes of climate and sea level in the geologic past.

    Second, coasts have changed profoundly through the twentieth century due to the

    impacts of human development (such as urbanization, port and industrial expan-

    sion, shore protection, and the draining and conversion of coastal wetlands), with

    these development-related drivers closely linked to a growing global population

    and economy. It remains a challenge to isolate the impacts of climate change

    and sea-level rise from either the natural trajectory of shoreline change, or the

    accelerated pathway resulting from other human-related stressors. There exists a

    danger of overstating the importance of climate change, or overlooking significant

    interactions of climate change with other drivers.

UOW Authors


  •   Woodroffe, Colin
  •   Nicholls, Robert J. (external author)
  •   Burkett, Virginia R. (external author)
  •   Forbes, Donald L. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Woodroffe, C. D., Nicholls, R. J., Burkett, V. & Forbes, D. L. (2014). The impact of climate change on coastal ecosystems. In R. E. Bowen, M. H. Depledge, C. P. Carlarne & L. E. Fleming (Eds.), Oceans and Human Health: Implications for Society and Well-Being (pp. 141-176). United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119941318.html

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2777

Book Title


  • Oceans and Human Health: Implications for Society and Well-Being

Start Page


  • 141

End Page


  • 176

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • In this chapter we stress two other important features of coasts and coastal

    ecosystems. First, these are dynamic systems that continually undergo adjustments,

    especially through erosion and redeposition, in response to a range of processes.

    Many coastal ecosystems adjust naturally at a range of timescales, and their

    potential for response is examined partly by reconstructing how such systems

    have coped with natural changes of climate and sea level in the geologic past.

    Second, coasts have changed profoundly through the twentieth century due to the

    impacts of human development (such as urbanization, port and industrial expan-

    sion, shore protection, and the draining and conversion of coastal wetlands), with

    these development-related drivers closely linked to a growing global population

    and economy. It remains a challenge to isolate the impacts of climate change

    and sea-level rise from either the natural trajectory of shoreline change, or the

    accelerated pathway resulting from other human-related stressors. There exists a

    danger of overstating the importance of climate change, or overlooking significant

    interactions of climate change with other drivers.

UOW Authors


  •   Woodroffe, Colin
  •   Nicholls, Robert J. (external author)
  •   Burkett, Virginia R. (external author)
  •   Forbes, Donald L. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Woodroffe, C. D., Nicholls, R. J., Burkett, V. & Forbes, D. L. (2014). The impact of climate change on coastal ecosystems. In R. E. Bowen, M. H. Depledge, C. P. Carlarne & L. E. Fleming (Eds.), Oceans and Human Health: Implications for Society and Well-Being (pp. 141-176). United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119941318.html

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2777

Book Title


  • Oceans and Human Health: Implications for Society and Well-Being

Start Page


  • 141

End Page


  • 176

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom