We (Patrick Louchouarn, Anna Armitage, Sam Brody, Wes Highfield) recently began a new NASA-funded project that seeks to improve our ability to predict changes in coastal C cycling due to 1) losses of wetland coverage and 2) changes in environmental conditions (i.e. land use) and subsequent shifts in ecosystem type (e.g., salt marsh to mangrove). In addition, the proposed work will seek to establish a “value” of such systems in C sequestration terms at the regional scale. We will focus on contemporary remote sensing, land use, ecological, and biogeochemical processes affecting C sequestration in a series of tidal wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico coastal system.
Collecting the first soil core in a salt marsh
The first core!
Removing 1-cm layers of the core for carbon analysis