LTER scientists say humans threatening wetlands' ability to overcome sea level rise

Human-induced changes may prevent wetlands from doing what they do best--mitigate expected sea level rise due to climate change, say Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) scientists in a paper featured in the latest issue of the scientific journal, Nature. In a press release issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF), lead author Matthew Kirwan of the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER program says wetlands are remarkably good at building up soils to outpace sea level rise and "we wouldn't be worried about wetlands surviving the rates of sea level rise we're seeing today," if it weren’t for human induced climate change.

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