Viking Sod Hut in L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Coastal Erosion

Rising sea levels caused by climate change are contributing to erosion in many coastal areas around the world. The effects of coastal erosion are highly visible in this province, as Newfoundland and Labrador has over 17,500 km of coastline, and 90 percent of the population lives near the sea. Rates of coastal erosion are commonly slow (i.e. 10-15cm per year), but catastrophic events do occur which can result in the loss of tens of metres of coastline within minutes. Coastal erosion is increasing the vulnerability of many coastal historical resources. The Coastal Archaeological Resources Risk Assessment (CARRA) project is seeking to identify coastal archaeological sites in the province that are vulnerable to these effects.

About This Tool

This application was created by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. It is designed to provide a broad overview of how climate change is impacting Newfoundland and Labrador, and facilitate meeting curriculum outcomes for the high school course Environmental Science 3205.

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