Effects of Climate Change on the Sea

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Marsh at the Intracoastal


With global climate change slowly making its’ way into the factual mindset of citizens around the word, the notion that there is any possibly of it being a myth has slowly – albeit surely – become a moot thought. For that, the scientific community is greatly thankful.

While the concept of perpetual rising of the climate lends itself to ideas of drought, there are other factors that are in play regarding the planet, and it’s invaluable water content. In the first decade of the 21st century, research conducted by the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council (FOCC), a report was published entitled “The Effects of Climate Change on Florida’s Ocean and Coastal Resources. This report laid out a summation of climate change and listed the most important reasons we should care about the climate and how it is changing at a rapid rate, relatively.

In the report, there were many different effects that were examined quite closely. First included among these factors was that of the exponential increase of greenhouse gases, air temperature as it relates to water vapor, the oceans overall water temperature, and last – but not at all least – the sea level surrounding Florida as a whole. To be able to better understand and disseminate the latest findings and their implications for managing the state’s ocean and coastal resources, the FOCC took it upon itself to focus primarily on the rise of the Floridian regions sea level. However, it should be noted that their expectations were that the other factors would soon be researched and published in subsequent years to follow. In efforts brought forth by 5 FOCC council members, 12 authors of the scientific nature, and 11 external reviewers (fresh eyes, if you will) put forth their findings based on factual data as currently published as 2010.

Waves on Amelia IslandThe rise of the seas surrounding the protruding sunshine state have risen slowly over the period of Florida’s modern times of settlement. Like any scientific endeavor that seeks to produce real data-founded results, time is long spent to produce such results. In other words, nothing factual and groundbreaking comes about in the scientific world in a matter of days. Over the course of centuries when levels were considered stable (by geological standards anyway), natural occurring eco-systems began to develop a most intimate of relationships with the land-sea boundaries that make up the formation of Florida’s physical state. Marshes expanded to their absolute limits of their potential, and sea beds grew as deeply as the light that sustains them would allow. Today, all across the coastlines of Florida, the infrastructure has been developed and extended as much as any practical engineering endeavors will allow. In recent years roads, seawalls, and buildings have all been affected by the rising waters. These levels are most likely to rise faster and faster over years to come and it would be in our best interest to take any and all preventative measures in future development to save both taxpayer dollars, and to ensure the safety of all residential communities in which so much time and money has been invested. It’s paramount that we stay apprised of these situations by following the work done by the FOCC and it’s affiliates! Be informed – be well informed.


We too noticed that the high tide in our area has become a bit higher than usual. The good news is that high tides allow us to get even closer to Cumberland Island.  Come check it out even if you just want to experience the most magnificent sunsets from the boat. 

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