Climate Change and the Indian River Lagoon

 

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE CAN IMPACT  OUR COASTAL WATERS

The health of our lagoon and coastal ocean is jeopardized by the increasing heat content of the ocean and atmosphere. However, it’s not too late to take action.

Environmental Impacts

The health of our Indian River Lagoon and coastal ocean waters are linked to factors that include climate change. The increasing effects of ocean and atmospheric heating, can offset regional and local efforts to restore and maintain the health of our coastal resources.

Around the country, diverse estuarine and ocean resources are increasingly at risk. Florida’s 156 mile long Indian River Lagoon is a model to understand and respond to the increased heating of essential coastal ecosystems. 

Hotter temperatures

extreme weather

ocean acidification

rising seas

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Economic Impacts

The lagoon and its coastal waters are a natural treasure for the Space Coast. Beyond the obvious costs of more algal blooms and fish kills, there can be surprisingly diverse economic impacts from inaction on climate change across regional and local business sectors.

Fishing Costs

Climate change raises many inter-linked challenges that can impact  Florida’s coastal fisheries.

health 

Increasing  air and ocean heat content means humans will be exposed to  additional public health challenges.

military 

The Department of Defense has long recognized climate change as a source of regional and global instability.

Business 

Climate change impacts can threaten the bottom line of many business sectors.

economic opportunitY

The good news is that climate change also presents business opportunities.

What We Can Do

We can make a difference… Find out more on how to get involved at local, state, and national levels.

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