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Port Townsend Lecture: Sea-Level Rise’s Impact on Humans and H...

Where: Fort Worden Chapel
Admission: $5  (students, teachers FREE) 

Eric E. Grossman
Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Urban growth, rising seas and changes in Pacific Northwest stream runoff are placing unprecedented pressure on coastal ecosystems and communities across Puget Sound. Estuaries, beaches and floodplains support many important uses, including fish and wildlife habitat, nationally-important farmland, and natural flood protection to prime real estate, industry and transportation corridors. Intensifying competition for coastal lands raises both the urgency and the challenge of adaptively managing ecosystems and the services they provide for long-term human well-being while accommodating near-term farming, growth and other land-uses. This presentation will synthesize climate change impact pathways leading to coastal squeeze of the Salish Sea and new research aimed to help resource managers and communities plan for adaptation.

For more information, go to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center