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Press Release 13-197

Wetlands' ability to overcome sea level rise threatened

When do wetlands reach their limit, and how are we lowering that point?

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a tidal marsh in Chesapeake Bay

On this tidal marsh in Chesapeake Bay, wetlands and people have co-existed for millennia.

Credit: Matthew Kirwan


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Scientist Matthew Kirwan doing research in Chesapeake Bay wetlands.

Scientist Matthew Kirwan conducts field research in Chesapeake Bay wetlands.

Credit: NSF VCR LTER Site


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Salt marsh  with a tidal creek at NSF's Plum Island Ecosystems LTER site in Massachusetts.

Salt marsh "dissected" by a tidal creek at NSF's Plum Island Ecosystems LTER site in Massachusetts.

Credit: Matthew Kirwan


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High-elevation marsh at the Plum Island Ecosystems LTER site.

High-elevation marsh at the Plum Island Ecosystems LTER site; flood-tolerant vegetation rules the day.

Credit: Matthew Kirwan


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A fishing camp along Falgout Canal Bayou, Louisiana, where marsh has been flooded by seawater.

A fishing camp along Falgout Canal Bayou, La., where marsh has been flooded by seawater.

Credit: Matthew Kirwan


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a Massachusetts marsh

Some Massachusetts marshes formed after European settlement; deforestation increased sedimentation.

Credit: Matthew Kirwan


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