Salt Marsh Biomonitoring:
Human impacts (e.g., nutrient enrichment or tidal restrictions) and environmental stressors (e.g., climate change effects such as precipitation rates and sea level rise) can drastically alter the spatial distribution and species composition of salt marsh plant communities. Changes in the biological structure of the marsh can result in reduced habitat and function. By closely monitoring the biological and physical variables of salt marshes over time, coastal researchers and resource managers will have a better understanding of how these estuarine systems respond to particular disturbances, and consequently, will be better equipped to protect the future health and integrity of coastal marshes. Surface elevation tables have been monitored annually at South Cape Beach Sage Lot Pond since 2013. In over 100 permanent, 1 m sq. plots spanning from the seaward edge of the marsh up into terrestrial upland communities, plant species are recorded by percent cover and density. In addition, crab burrow counts, plot photos, and presence/absence of crab and snail species are noted.
FACT SHEET: Communicating Results from the Tidal Marsh Resilience Synthesis
FACT SHEET: Assessing Tidal Marsh Resilience to Sea Level Rise at Broad Geographic Scales with Multi-metric Indices
Salt Marsh Meteorological monitoring:
The Sage Lot Meteorology (MET) Station, including photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), total solar radiation, precipitation, and wind sensors, was installed in February 2013 as part of the “Bringing Wetlands to Market” (BWM) NERRS Science Collaborative Project, awarded in Fall 2011. The air and soil temperature probes (0, 15, 30 cm depth) were installed in May 2013 for the same project. The salt marsh MET station data extends from 2013-2018. Please reference the metadata, for more details, contact the research coordinator.