Site: Florida Coastal Everglades LTER

Dr. Greg Starr and Dr. Justin Cummings working on the eddy covariance and meteorological tower near TS/Ph-1b in Taylor Slough.
Credit: Edward Linden

Rising seas can stimulate the inland transgression of mangroves and amplify carbon gains (as observed in historic carbon budgets based on long term flux data, paleoecology, and remote sensing). However, FCE LTER studies, experiments, and models show that carbon losses can exceed increases where saltwater invades freshwater marshes, resulting in abrupt elevation loss (collapse) that further promotes saltwater intrusion.