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Climate Change and Black Sea Coastal Areas

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April 25th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Black Sea – April 25th, 2013

A light haze can be seen over the western half of the Black Sea, while sediments near rivermouths can be seen along the coastline. Many Black Sea coastal areas are at risk for sea level rise due to climate change. Sea level rise could have very substantial impacts in river deltas and on low lying coastal zones which are often more densely populated, with highly developed infrastructure. These problems are exacerbated by increased coastal erosion and the risk of floods caused by storm surges and heavy rainfall.

Scientists estimate that by the middle of the century around 70% of the population in the coastal regions will be concentrated along the Turkish coastline, which in combination with rising temperatures and sea level will exert additional pressure on the environment in the southern Black sea basin (click here for more information).

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