https://doi.org/10.1080/20964129.2017.1396009

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Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

11-6-2017

Journal

Ecosystem Health and Sustainability

Volume

3

Issue

10

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Chesapeake Bay, climate change, coastal resilience, marsh change, salt marsh, sea-level rise, tidal wetlands

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