Global Change Impacts & Adaptation
Wetlands and Coasts
Resource managers are faced with a growing need to assess and respond to the complex ongoing effects of climate change and other global changes on aquatic ecosystems. Work on wetlands and coasts topics supports EPA’s objective under the Clean Water Act to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters (including the structure and function of ecosystems). Projects are designed to increase understanding of global change impacts on and vulnerabilities of wetlands (freshwater and estuarine) and coral reefs, with an eye toward informing adaptive management responses. Our impact and adaptation assessment methods, case studies, workshops and synthetic results will help ecosystem managers and other decision-makers effectively integrate climate change considerations into their wetland and coral reef protection programs.