In Port Fourchon, La., roseate spoonbills and other wading birds feed near color-coded posts marking research plots for the USGS-University of Texas Rio Grande Valley study. USGS
In Port Fourchon, La., roseate spoonbills and other wading birds feed near color-coded posts marking research plots for the USGS-University of Texas Rio Grande Valley study.

Rainfall, temperature changes expected to transform coastal wetlands

Study predicts that changes in rainfall and temperature will transform wetlands in Gulf of Mexico and around the world within the century.

Sea-level rise isn’t the only aspect of climate change expected to affect coastal wetlands: Changes in rainfall and temperature are predicted to transform wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world within the century. These changes will take place regardless of sea-level rise, a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley concluded.

Such changes are expected to affect the plant communities found in coastal wetlands. For

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