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Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

WARC conducts relevant and objective research, develops new approaches and technologies, and disseminates scientific information needed to understand, manage, conserve, and restore wetlands and other aquatic and coastal ecosystems and their associated plant and animal communities throughout the nation and the world. 

News

Event: Explore USGS Careers in the Southeast 2024

Event: Explore USGS Careers in the Southeast 2024

USGS scientists find new relationship between elevation change and wetland loss in Mississippi River Delta

USGS scientists find new relationship between elevation change and wetland loss in Mississippi River Delta

Traversing the Sea for Science: How USGS Uses the Federal Fleet to Study Natural Hazards, Resources, and More

Traversing the Sea for Science: How USGS Uses the Federal Fleet to Study Natural Hazards, Resources, and More

Publications

The National Ocean Biodiversity Strategy

President Biden has been clear that the ocean is central to life on Earth. As he has proclaimed, “the ocean powers millions of jobs; feeds and sustains us; and is a rejuvenating source of inspiration, exploration, and recreation.” The Biden-Harris Administration has worked hard to fulfill the President’s goal to protect and conserve at least 30% of U.S. waters by 2030. The ocean faces increased th
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Gabrielle Canonico, J. Emmett Duffy, Masha Edmonson, Katie Fillingham, Abigail Benson, Kelsey Bisson, Amanda Demopoulos, Beth Hinchey, Katsumi Matsumoto, Chris Meyer, James Price, Elaine Shen, Woody Turner, Mike Weise, Andrea Vander Woude, Lauren Wenzel

Mammalian lures monitored with time-lapse cameras increase detection of pythons and other snakes

BackgroundEnhancing detection of cryptic snakes is critical for the development of conservation and management strategies; yet, finding methods that provide adequate detection remains challenging. Issues with detecting snakes can be particularly problematic for some species, like the invasive Burmese python (Python bivittatus) in the Florida Everglades.MethodsUsing multiple survey methods, we pred
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Marina E. McCampbell, McKayla M. Spencer, Kristen Hart, Gabrielle Link, Andrew J. Watson, Robert A. McCleery

Projected sea-level rise and high tide flooding at De Soto National Memorial, Florida

IntroductionNational parks and preserves in the South Atlantic-Gulf Region contain valuable coastal habitats such as tidal wetlands and mangrove forests, as well as irreplaceable historic buildings and archeological sites located in low-lying areas. These natural and cultural resources are vulnerable to accelerated sea-level rise and escalating high tide flooding events. Through a Natural Resource
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Hana R. Thurman, Nicholas M. Enwright, Michael J. Osland, Davina L. Passeri, Richard H. Day, Bethanie M. Simons

Science

Carbon Storage and Fluxes on Department of Defense Installations

USGS is studying the effects of land-use and land-cover changes, and the effects of ecosystem disturbance and climate change on carbon dynamics on Department of Defense lands.
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Carbon Storage and Fluxes on Department of Defense Installations

USGS is studying the effects of land-use and land-cover changes, and the effects of ecosystem disturbance and climate change on carbon dynamics on Department of Defense lands.
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Quantifying Restoration Impacts of Wetland Ecosystem Health and Carbon Export

USGS is investigating the impact of restoration on Louisiana's coastal wetlands' carbon dynamics.
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Quantifying Restoration Impacts of Wetland Ecosystem Health and Carbon Export

USGS is investigating the impact of restoration on Louisiana's coastal wetlands' carbon dynamics.
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Decision Support Tool to Assess the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Restoring Wetlands within National Park Service Lands

USGS is developing a modeling tool that will let National Park Service assess the carbon sequestration potential of future wetland restoration projects.
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Decision Support Tool to Assess the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Restoring Wetlands within National Park Service Lands

USGS is developing a modeling tool that will let National Park Service assess the carbon sequestration potential of future wetland restoration projects.
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