The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Potomac River Shoreline Ecosystems
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About the Event
From 1900 to 2017, sea levels rose about a foot and a half along the Chesapeake Bay, according to scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. An Old Dominion University study, “Climate Change, Global Warming and Ocean Levels,” assumes a mid-range estimate of a 3.7-foot increase in sea level rise by 2100. In 2008, Governor Tim Kaine’s Commission on Climate Change predicted that sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region will be 2.3 to 5.2 feet higher by 2100. Since the Potomac River is a tidal tributary of the Bay, sea level rise will affect the river and its shoreline.
The Friends of Dyke Marsh invite you to hear Geoffrey Sanders, a biologist with the National Park Service, give a presentation on the impact of sea level rise on Dyke Marsh and other shoreline communities. This program is cosponsored by the Environmental Council of Alexandria, the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, and the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. It is free and open to the public.
The Norma Hoffman Visitor Center (703-768-2525) is at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, Virginia 22306. (If you use a GPS device to find the park, be sure to enter the street address, not the park’s name.)