Climate Change and Northeastern Coastal Forests


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As sea levels rise along the Northeastern US, coastal forest ecosystems are being impacted.  To better enable climate-smart decision-making, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northeast Climate Hub engaged researchers at Rutgers University to conduct a synthesis of the current state of knowledge concerning how Northeastern U.S. coastal forests, specifically those in mid-Atlantic and southern New England states (VA, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, and MA), are responding to impacts from climate change. Drawing upon the scientific literature, expert interviews, and a January 2020 convening of scientists and land managers at the U.S. National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland, this synthesis identifies key knowledge gaps as well as potential management approaches.

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Coastal Climate Change and Forest Impacts Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Synthesis and Coordination Meeting 

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