COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Is the coast clear? Not in many beachfront areas
Description: America's coasts -- especially those with large urban populations -- have been armored with human-made structures. Though these structures help protect communities against natural disasters, these "lines in the sand" limit the ability of the shoreline to respond to changes in sea level and other coastal processes. Recent research on the resulting ecological effects has largely been conducted in specific settings, making it difficult to generalize the results across ecosystems and structure types. A new study provides a key first step toward generalizing ecological responses to armoring in the widely diverse coastal settings where these structures are used. [Source: National Science Foundation]
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Source: National Science Foundation
Publish Date: 7/24/2017
Reading Level: Basic
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