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

About the Project

Project Description

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

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.


 May 2017 Product: Lawrence CIRCA Poster May 2017

Final project report - coming September 2019

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

“What We Do” Areas

This project is a part of the following topical areas:

Coastal Flooding & Waves

Sea Level Rise

Living Shorelines