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Coast, Ocean, and Marine

Coastal hazards may be catastrophic such as earthquakes or tsunamis, or chronic, such as coastal erosion, landslides, windthrow and flooding.

Oregon's coast, with its rugged headlands and shifting beaches, along with its susceptibility to natural hazards and its endangered habitats, offers many land use planning challenges.

Over the past 250 years, rapid growth in fossil fuel burning and land use changes have caused a dramatic rise in CO2; emissions. As a result the average acidity of the surface ocean has increased about 30% since 1750.