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Coastal communities and climate change: Which are most sensitive?

A new study of the nation’s coastal areas and surrounding communities examines the potential risks that these areas would face from a changing climate.

Researchers from the UW Extension and CALS collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the project funded by the NOAA Climate Program Office. The research examined the 28 Natural Estuarine Research Reserves located in the United States and Puerto Rico.

“This study improves our understanding of factors that can make coastal communities vulnerable to climate variability,” said Patrick Robinson, co-director of the University of Wisconsin Environmental Resources Center and Extension environmental studies specialist. “We can work on addressing areas of need and potentially reduce the societal impacts of any hazards that may occur as a result of climate variability.” Other team members from CALS include Katherine Curtis and Dan Veroff from the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology and the Applied Population Lab, and Ken Genskow from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Environmental Resources Center.

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