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CHARLESTOWN â€” Rising sea levels will eventually cover marsh wetlands, causing its vegetation to migrate inland if the conditions are amendable. Wetlands are desirable because they protect the shoreline from erosion and stabilize aquaculture and flora and fauna habitats, according to Pam Rubinoff, a coastal management extension specialist at the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant.
At the Salt Ponds Coalition annual meeting Monday evening, Rubinoff spoke about sea level riseâ€™s effects on wetlands and strategies for property owners to consider. By showing case studies and models of sea level rise in Charlestownâ€™s Salt Pond region, she explained where wetlands would be lost and where they could migrate onto existing developed and undeveloped land.
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