The Effects of Climate Change on Natural Ecosystems of the Southeast USA

  • Keith T. Ingram
  • Kirstin Dow
  • Lynne Carter
  • Julie Anderson
Part of the NCA Regional Input Reports book series (NCARIR)

This chapter examines those ecosystems not covered by other chapters in this report, focusing primarily on ecosystems of the southeast that are either aquatic or experience soil water saturation and flooding on a regular, annual basis. Agricultural and forest systems are discussed in separate chapters of this report. We were unable to be exhaustive in our ecosystem coverage, which means that several very important natural ecosystems of the Southeast (SE) are not discussed anywhere in this report.

Our approach was to broadly cover the impacts of key elements of climate change in the Southeast, including temperature, precipitation, storms, and ocean acidification. Hydrology and the water budget play a critical role in how the ecosystems covered in this report will be impacted by climate change, because of the close connection between temperature and precipitation with ecosystem evapotranspiration (ET). The interaction between the physical aspects of climate change and the feedbacks from...


Coral Reef Coastal Wetland Ocean Acidification Saltwater Intrusion Freshwater Wetland 
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  • Keith T. Ingram
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  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
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