Key Messages About Coasts from the National Climate Assessment
Coastal lifelines, such as water supply and energy infrastructure and evacuation routes, are increasingly vulnerable to higher sea levels and storm surges, inland flooding, erosion, and other climate-related changes.
Nationally important assets, such as ports, tourism, and fishing sites, in already-vulnerable coastal locations, are increasingly exposed to sea level rise and related hazards. This threatens to disrupt economic activity within coastal areas and the regions they serve and results in significant costs from protecting or moving these assets.
Socioeconomic disparities create uneven exposures and sensitivities to growing coastal risks and limit
Coastal ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to
Leaders and residents of coastal regions are increasingly aware of the high
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