Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
Introduction: Marshes contribute to habitat and water quality in estuaries and coastal bays. Their importance to continued ecosystem functioning has led to concerns about their persistence.
Outcomes: Concurrent with sea-level rise, marshes are eroding and appear to be disappearing through ponding in their interior; in addition, in many places, they are being replaced with shoreline stabilization structures. We examined the changes in marsh extent over the past 40 years within a subestuary of Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, to better understand the effects of sea-level rise and human pressure on marsh coverage.
Chesapeake Bay, climate change, coastal resilience, marsh change, salt marsh, sea-level rise, tidal wetlands
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Mitchell, Molly; Herman, Julie; Bilkovic, D. M.; and Hershner, Carl, Marsh persistence under sea-level rise is controlled by multiple, geologically variable stressors (2017). Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 3(10).