Sea Level Rise

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There are many different things to take into consideration when assessing sea level rise. Sea level rise is due to climate change. The two main factors that cause sea level to rise are the melting of land ice and thermal expansion. Low lying areas such as the Matanzas River Basin will continue to feel the effects of climate change. Other factors will continue to play roles, such as wetland management and human development. Creekside festival will be a great chance for us to reach out to the public and inform them about sea level rise. It is my hope that we can create a great presentation full of content and make it easy for the public to understand.

Research for this paper began by reading literature explaining sea level rise. A paper published
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Erwin (2009) suggest that wetlands will play a crucial role in response to climate change. There are many different types of wetlands, such as: mangrove forests, seagrasses, salt marshes, and peatlands. Each of these and more have and will continue to change. Mangroves are a great example of a vulnerable habitat due to climate changes. Mangroves are freeze-intolerant so the amount of viable habitat for them is already limited. There is proof of mangroves moving northward and taking over salt marsh wetlands habitats. Mangroves habitats are further squeezed by human development. Coastal development such as seawalls and new housing communities will continue to influence mangrove moment. Hopefully, people will start to better understand the economic benefit of mangroves and for that reason desire to protect and preserve them. (Erwin, 2009, p. 71-84). Mangroves are wonderful and helpful wetlands that many people take for granted. Humans depend on the ecosystem services given by mangrove. They create a buffer zone between humans and the sea and are the primary habitat for many organisms such as juvenile fish and diamondback …show more content…
An talk published by NPR talked about the effect of sea level rise on the everglades. The everglades are a mixture of salt and freshwater. Rising sea level means that more salt water will be introduced to the everglades and salt water will intrusion into the aquifer. The everglades lie near the Biscayne aquifer, which supplies 90% of the freshwater in South Florida (NPR). Saltwater will intrude into the aquifer through permeable limestone bedrock and containment tons of potable freshwater. The salt water will then move further into the everglades. Once in the everglades it will cause plants to lose their root structures and animals to live in water with higher salinity. The everglades are an iconic part of Florida so hopefully the public at Creekside festival will be able to relate to

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