Written by Michael Wilson & Bryan Watts
March 8, 2010
One of the more direct and potentially catastrophic results of climate change is that the earth’s seas are projected to rise 0.5-2 meters over the next 100 yrs. Sea-level rise over this range of magnitude will consume dry land, reshape our coastlines, and reconfigure our wetlands. Such changes will create classes of winners and losers among near-shore species according to their affinities for the habitats being altered. Because of their low position on the landscape, tidal marshes will be one of the first landforms to be consumed by rising waters. Species that depend on marshes either directly for habitat or indirectly for other services will be impacted accordingly.