Sound wisdom: Darien seas rising faster than global average

Jul 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Top Story

Brian Thompson, director of the office of Long Island Sound Programs for the state Department of Energy of Environmental Protection, told The Darien Times that shoreline communities and marshland ecosystems are most affected by rising sea levels, which is believed to be caused by global warming and the Atlantic Ocean’s slowing circulation.

This map shows what the coast of Darien would look like if the high tide rose by three feet, the dark purple areas indicating a loss of land. Map courtesy of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (ct.gov/dep)

This map shows what the coast of Darien would look like if the high tide rose by three feet, the dark purple areas indicating a loss of land. Map courtesy of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (ct.gov/dep)

“As sea level rises, there in a natural setting, there would be opportunity for wetlands to migrate inland and establish new areas,” Thompson said, “but in a developed area — a very developed coastline — structures behind the wetland don’t allow them to migrate.”

This poses a threat to not only property owners who need to keep their homes and lawns from ending up underwater, but also to the fragile wetland ecosystems.

via Sound wisdom: Darien seas rising faster than global average | Darien Times.

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