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Title: Final Scientific/Technical Report: National Institute for Climatic Change Research Coastal Center

It is widely recognized that coastal environments are under particular threat due to changes associated with climate change. Accelerated sea-level rise, in some regions augmented by land subsidence, plus the possibility of a changing storm climate, renders low-lying coastal landscapes and their ecosystems vulnerable to future change. This is a pressing problem, because these ecosystems commonly rank as some of the most valuable on the planet. The objective of the NICCR Coastal Center was to support basic research that aims at reducing uncertainty about ecosystem changes during the next century, carried out along the U.S. coastlines. The NICCR Coastal Center has funded 20 projects nationwide (carried out at 27 institutions) that addressed numerous aspects of the problems outlined above. The research has led to a variety of new insights, a significant number of which published in elite scientific journals. It is anticipated that the dissemination of this work in the scientific literature will continue for several more years, given that a number of projects have only recently reached their end date. In addition, NICCR funds have been used to support research at Tulane University. The lion’s share of these funds has been invested in the development of unique facilities formore » experimental research in coastal ecosystems. This aspect of the work could have a lasting impact in the future.« less
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Technical Report
Research Org:
The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; USDOE SC Office of Biological and Environmental Research (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Coastal Center, National Institutes for Climactic Change Research, Center for Riparian and Coastal Ecosystem Research