How Will Sea Level Rise-Driven Shifts in Wetland Vegetation Alter Ecosystem Services?

About the Project

Project Description

This project examined how sea level rise (SLR) - induced shifts in vegetation mediate ecosystem service provision by LIS coastal wetlands.  Specifically, the project: 1) quantified the delivery of ecosystem services associated with dominant tidal wetland plant species of the LIS; 2) examined impacts of SLR and interactions; 3) forecasted how shifts in dominant tidal wetland species will alter ecosystem service provision of LIS coastal wetlands; and 4) promoted understanding of the complex interactions among SLR, coastal wetlands, and ecosystem services among diverse audiences in the LIS region.


May 2017 Product: Lawrence CIRCA Poster May 2017

Lawrence Final Matching Funds Sea Grant Report

Additional publications:

    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

    Primary Funding

    Long Island Sound Study – CT Sea Grant


    Lyme Coastal Wetland, Photo: Beth Lawrence

    Topic Areas

    This project is a part of the following topical areas:

    Coastal Flooding & Waves

    Sea Level Rise

    Living Shorelines