No Day at the Beach: Sea Level Rise, Ecosystem Loss, and Public Access Along the California Coast

Caldwell, Meg; Segall, Craig Holt
May 2007
Ecology Law Quarterly;2007, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p533
Academic Journal
The article discusses how the coast of California will experience coastal erosion due to sea rise caused by global warming. The authors warn that coastal armoring, in which seawalls and barriers are erected to protect coastal property, could have negative effects on ecosystems and restrict public access to beaches. They suggest that the California Coastal Commission could enact rolling easements to control coastal armor and ensure public access to tidelands. Land development could be restricted to areas not threatened by sea level rise. Sea level rise can be dependent on climate, thermal expansion of water, and continental glaciers.


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