Confronting Climate Change in the Gulf Coast Region: Prospects for Sustaining Our Ecological Heritage

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Ecological Society of America explores the potential risks of climate change to Gulf Coast ecosystems in the context of pressures from land use. Its purpose is to help the public and policymakers understand the most likely ecological consequences of climate change in the region over the next 50 to 100 years, and prepare to safeguard the economy, culture, and natural heritage of the Gulf Coast.

The consequences of climate change are detailed for Gulf Coast ecosystems as well as for these ecosystems' goods and services. The report proposes that the three strategies of mitigation, minimization, and adaptation can reduce the region's vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and yield significant ecological, economic, and health benefits.

Publication Date: October 2001

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • R.R. Twilley
  • E.J. Barron
  • H.L. Gholz
  • M.A. Harwell
  • R.L. Miller
  • D.J. Reed
  • J.B. Rose
  • E.H. Siemann
  • R.G. Wetzel
  • R.J. Zimmerman

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  • Assessment
  • Climate science

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