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Webinar: Mapping Sea Level Rise Impacts to Oregon’s Tidal Wetlands: Tools for Climate Change Adaptation
Thursday, 05 April 2018, 12:00
Thursday, April 5, 2018. 12:00PM. Webinar: Mapping Sea Level Rise Impacts to Oregon’s Tidal Wetlands: Tools for Climate Change Adaptation. Laura Brophy, Oregon State University. Sponsored by Center for Satellite Applications and Research. More information here.
How will sea level rise affect Oregon's tidal wetlands? Starting from a base of recently-completed elevation-based maps of current tidal wetland extent, our team answered this question by mapping potential tidal wetlands of the future under six sea level rise scenarios for all 23 major estuaries on the Oregon coast south of the Columbia River. The results were delivered in person to hundreds of coastal land managers and other stakeholders in a series of local meetings. In this presentation, we summarize results of the study, including the magnitude and significance of the future losses (and in some cases, gains) of tidal wetland area by estuary; the impact of developed areas on potential future tidal wetlands; and a summary of areas prioritized for action planning purposes. Products of this study provide solid information on climate change impacts, along with adaptation guidance, for coastal communities seeking to preserve valued estuarine ecosystems.