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Lecture on National Implications of Sea-Level Rise and Other Coastal Hazards

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A complex assortment of factors—such as geologic framework, storms, sand budgets, and relative sea-level rise—control the dynamics of coastal regions. Under the influence of these factors, approximately 80 percent of U.S. coastal regions are undergoing long-term marine transgression, resulting in net erosion, land loss, and, commonly, property damage. Coupled with this threat is the fact that more than half of the Nation's population lives in the coastal zone, and the increase in coastal population and development continues to accelerate. The existing crisis along America's coasts is likely to deepen as more people move to vulnerable low-relief regions and hazards increase over the next century as a result of climate warming.

To explain and communicate coastal processes and sea-level rise and other hazards looming for the Nation, the Coalition for Buzzards Bay invited Jeff Williams of the USGS Woods Hole Field Center (WHFC) to be a speaker with Graham Giese of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), at their evening lecture series, "Sea-Level Rise: Implications for Buzzards Bay," on April 10 in Woods Hole, MA. About 100 people attended the 90-minute lectures.

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