Nearshore Ecosystem

Sea Lettuce in the Nearshore (S. Smith/PNPTC)

Global and regional changes to the marine environment associated with climate change may have significant consequences for coastal communities and resources relevant to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Hood Canal.

Regional physical changes to the marine environment include climate variability, sea level rise, ocean circulation patterns, and ocean acidification. These changes combined with anthropogenic stressors may produce cumulative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem health.

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