During the last century, the global rate of sea level rise has to accelerate to 3.4 mm/yr and our regional rate here in South Florida is now 9 mm/yr. This acceleration is a direct result of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere associated with anthropogenic (human-caused sources) increased global temperature.
The results of Sea level rise are vast, one being the instability that it creates in most Coastal Ecosystems in the form of Coastal Erosion. Our wetlands are responding to the inundation (flooding) of salt water. In the South East Saline, Everglades Saltwater intrusion and mangrove retreat are documented. Marine Mangroves sediments are developing over fresh water Marl and Peat because tides are transporting the mangrove propagules into historic freshwater areas. Mangroves thrive in brackish water and the effects of sea level rise are creating a transgression in response.
These findings are described in the article entitled Saltwater encroachment and prediction of future ecosystem response to the Anthropocene Marine Transgression, Southeast Saline Everglades, Florida, published in the journal Hydrobiologia. This work was led by our own, Dr. John F. Meeder and co-written by Dr. Michael Ross and Dr. Randall Parkinson.
Read the full article to learn more about our teams findings on sea level rise.