Rising seas, climate change to impact Nature Coast

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer


The Nature Coast will see drastic changes due to sea level rise by the turn of the century, according to a state expert at a meeting Oct. 18.

Whitney Gray, sea level rise coordinator with the Florida Sea Grant and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told an audience of about 25 people in Gainesville that conservative estimates of sea level rise of .64 meters show seas moving up to 3.7 miles inland for areas near Waccasassa Bay and for much of the state, thanks to a relatively flat terrain.

“Now, even a meter of rise by 2100 is not at all an extreme prediction,” she said, adding that there is, however, a degree of uncertainty within various models that try to predict the future. 

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