Sea Level Rise and Conversion of Wetland Forests to Marsh
the Sampit River, South Carolina [top image].
Baldcypress swamp at Jean Lafitte National
Historical Park and Preserve (Louisiana)
transitioning to oligohaline marsh
Why is this research important?
Thoroughly understanding the extent to which natural coastal systems can respond to environmental change and continue to provide essential services to society increases the likelihood that adaptation efforts will be successful. Our research addresses how tidal freshwater forested wetlands are expected to shift inland with sea-level rise, and what consequences this has for carbon and nutrient cycling, and the vulnerability of coastal wetlands in general.
Principal Investigator: Ken W. Krauss, National Wetlands Research Center
Project Team: Gregory B. Noe, Christopher M. Swarzenski, Donald R. Cahoon, Camille L. Stagg, Cliff Hupp, James B. Grace