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Sea Level Rise

GCE scientists predict significant declines in wetland area in response to sea level rise. However, because different types of wetlands provide varying levels of ecosystem services, the loss of services due to sea level rise is actually less than forecast based on losses of total wetland area alone.

Craft, C., J. Clough, J. Ehman, S. Joye, R. Park, S. Pennings, H. Guo, and M Machmuller. 2009. Forecasting the effects of accelerated sea level rise on tidal marsh ecosystem services. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 7(2): 73-78.
Weston, N.B., Dixon, R.E. and Joye, S.B., 2006. Microbial and geochemical ramifications of salinity intrusion into tidal freshwater sediments. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111: G01009.
Wieski, K., Guo, H., Craft, C. and Pennings, S. 2010. Ecosystem functions of tidal fresh, brackish and salt marshes on the Georgia coast. Estuaries and Coasts. 33:161-169.
Dr. Christopher Craft
Wood storks (Mycteria americana) braving Tropical Storm Barry (2007) in a salt marsh in the GCE LTER domain on Sapelo Island, GA.
C. Craft
Nitrogen accumulation in tidal fresh, brackish, and salt marsh soils measured by GCE LTER scientists in three Georgia river systems, the Ogeechee, Altamaha, and Satilla Rivers.



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