change and climate variability can influence sea level, water temperature
and currents, and stratification (layering) of water bodies. These conditions
influence freshwater delivery, sedimentation, and pollution of an ecosystem.
Salinity, tidal patterns, erosion, and coastal flooding also are affected,
rendering coastal ecosystems and communities
more vulnerable to adverse conditions. With its Climate
Change program, CSCOR has
led the way in NOAA’s
effort to understand how climate change will impact our coastal ecosystems.