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Historic droughts in Georgia may cause significant die-off of marshes.
A multitude of threats drastically change the geography and ecology of the coast.
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Coastal Hazards

Coastal zones face ever increasing pressures as more humans move close to the ocean, more development occurs upstream and climate change and sea level rise worsen. Dramatic changes are already taking place in Georgia: The coastal population is projected to increase by 50% between 2000 and 2030. As the population grows and development accelerates, increased demands are placed on limited coastal resources. Coastal hazards affect not only the invaluable ecosystems of the coastal region, but the industries that depend on the natural resources and the people who live there.

Georgia’s coast faces a multitude of threats, including sea-level rise, drought, non-point source pollution and shoreline change. The combined effects of these hazards strongly impact some of Georgia’s most critical resources: the salt marsh ecosystem, the barrier islands and the seafood industry. Georgia Sea Grant works to develop tools, conduct research and engage the public and local officials on the importance of addressing coastal hazards.

Use the links on both sides of the page to learn more about coastal hazards and how Georgia Sea Grant is getting involved.