facilities. (Figure 3.1 and Box 3.1 provide illustrations of potential sea-level rise impact and the compounding impact of sea-level rise and storm surge.)
Precision in the measurement of changes in globally averaged sea level was improved substantially in the early 1990s with the deployment of the TOPEX/
FIGURE 3.1 Potential regional impact of future sea-level rise. Several static and dynamic models are being developed for projecting the regional impact of sea-level rise. This figure shows potential impact to wetlands in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region under various sea-level rise scenarios (areas where wetlands would be marginal or lost [i.e., converted to open water] under three sea-level rise scenarios, in millimeters [mm] per year [yr]). Such scenarios may be applicable on a gross scale for judging first-order impact on naval installations. SOURCE: Reprinted from Figure ES.2, Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region. A report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, 2009, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.