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Coastal Wetlands in a Changing World: The Future of Salt Marsh Ecosystems

March 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Coastal salt marshes are highly productive systems that provide numerous ecosystems services but are increasingly threatened by climate change and land use change. The fate of tidal wetlands is controlled by geomorphic feedbacks between sea-level rise, plant productivity, organic matter respiration, and sediment availability that together determine rates of mineral and organic matter accretion and, ultimately, whether these systems persist. In this talk, I will present on-going research at the Plum Island Ecosystems LTER assessing consequences of how increased marsh inundation impacts carbon cycling and other ecosystem services.

Dr. Forbrich is a research scientist at the MBL Ecosystems Center. Her research interests are ecosystem-atmosphere exchange processes, wetland biogeochemistry and remote sensing.

Event Sponsors

This event is sponsored by the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) and Department of Environmental Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS) of UMass Lowell.

This event is free and open to the public. Please see the event link below to register.