What does climate change do to impact erosion?
Erosion is defined as the process by which the surface of the Earth is worn away by the action of water, glaciers, winds, waves and more. Climate change causes the oceans to get warmer. As the sea warms, ice melts and causes more wave action because the wind can get access to the sea water rather than blow along the ice surface. Another cause of climate change is a rise in more unpredictable weather such as storms. With increasing amounts of waves from storms and melting ice, particularly that protecting the coast, physical erosion will also get worse, causing even more ice to melt and the coast line to be worn away. When permafrost thaws along the coast line, the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane are released from the soil. These make global warming worse, accelerating the harmful cycle with the sea warming more and increased coastal erosion.