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Climate Change Adaptation - Today's coasts face an unprecedented challenge, struggling to cope and adapt in the midst of a changing climate. In coastal areas, the consequences of climate change are already evident, with global sea-level rising 10 to 25 cm over the last century (Pew, 2009). By 2100, this number is expected to increase anywhere from 0.5 to 1.4 meters above the 1990 level (Rhamstorf, 2007). Increased incidence and severity of coastal storms and hurricanes are also predicted to result from warming oceans and weather anomalies. Coastal zones are particularly vulnerable to sea-level rise and enhanced storms, facing serious impacts including: (1) inundation and displacement of wetlands and lowlands; (2) increased coastal erosion; (3) increased coastal storm flooding; and (4) salinization (Barth & Titus, 1984). Widespread human development in many of these areas further compromises the coastal system's natural integrity, simultaneously augmenting erosion and forfeiting inherent resiliency.
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Students are Meeting This Weekend to Develop Solutions to Plastic Pollution
"Latest research says 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic makes its way from land into our oceans every year. Added to the recent first-ever accounting of total plastic floating in the world’s oceans – approximately 5.25 trillion pieces – and the situation seems dire. But as the tide of plastic trash rises, so does the real-time impetus to combat the problem. With this goal in mind, ninety students – ranging from 11 to 18 years old – will gather at Dana Point’s renowned Ocean Institute on February 27th, for the intensive three-day Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions (POPS) Leadership Summit. - excerpt from news release about Algalita Youth Summit.
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State of the Beach


The Surfrider Foundation State of the Beach report is our continually-updated assessment of the health of our nation’s beaches. It is intended to empower concerned citizens and coastal managers by giving them the information needed to take action. For over ten years we have been collecting information on beach access, surf zone water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology and surfing areas to get an understanding of the condition of our nation’s beaches and the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to protect them.

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Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts. By sharing this resource with the public we hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches. If you would like to contribute please visit this page.

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