Coastal wetlands are under extreme direct and indirect pressure from various global environmental change drivers, such as sea level rise. Resilience to rapid changes in freshwater, brackish, and salt marshes depends largely on net ecosystem exchange of carbon (C), which is affected by saltwater intrusion, length of inundation, and changes in nutrient delivery. Identifying how C storage changes in coastal wetlands has become a research priority.
The objective of this brain-storming workshop is to bring together research from across multiple LTER and non-LTER coastal sites that address changes in carbon storage and biogeochemical processes in wetlands from saltwater intrusion. We will discuss specific research goals at each site and develop plans for potential cross-site collaborations.