This project examines how sea level rise (SLR) – induced shifts in vegetation will mediate ecosystem service provision by LIS coastal wetlands. Specifically, the project will: 1) quantify the delivery of ecosystem services associated with dominant tidal wetland plant species of the LIS; 2) examine impacts of SLR and interactions; 3) forecast how shifts in dominant tidal wetland species will alter ecosystem service provision of LIS coastal wetlands; 4) promote understanding of the complex interactions among SLR, coastal wetlands, and ecosystem services among diverse audiences in the LIS region.
UConn CIRCA ‘What We Do’ Areas:
- Living Shorelines
- Sea Level Rise
- Coastal Flooding and Waves
Primary Funding: Long Island Sound Study – CT Sea Grant
Anticipated completion date: February 2019
Click here to view Scientists investigate effects of sea level rise on coastal wetlands, a post on UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources newsletter entitled Naturally@UConn regarding the project.
Researchers and Staff Supported on Project
- Beth Lawrence, UConn Natural Resources and the Environment (Project Lead)
- Christopher Elphick, UConn Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Ashley Helton, UConn Natural Resources and the Environment