Aquatic Ecosystems and Climate Change: Potential Impacts on Inland Freshwater and Coastal Wetland Ecosystems in the United States

  • January 01, 2002
  • By N. LeRoy Poff, Mark M Brinson, and John W. Day Jr.

Global climate change poses a serious threat to lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands throughout the United States, according to this report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. The temperature increases and variations in weather patterns projected for the next 100 years will result in changes in the geographic distribution of freshwater fish, interfere with the reproduction of many aquatic species, reduce water quality, and impose added stresses on wetlands and other sensitive aquatic ecosystems.

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