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Mapping Salt Marsh Response to Sea Level Rise and Evaluating 'Runneling' as an Adaptation Technique to Inform Wildlife Habitat Management in New England

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Linda Deegan


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Loss of saltmarsh habitat is one of the biggest threats to coastal sustainability in the Northeast. Salt marsh has been identified as an essential fish and wildlife habitat, and loss of saltmarsh corresponds with precipitous declines in marsh-dependent wildlife. For example, the global population of Saltmarsh Sparrow is predicted to collapse within the next 50 years after experiencing a 9% annual decline across the northeastern U.S. Resource managers require tools to help restore salt marsh habitat for wildlife by adapting marshes to climate change-driven sea level rise. However, adaptation approaches need to be tested and evaluated before widespread application. Researchers are testing a rapidly emerging sea level rise adaptation-technique [...]

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Tidal Marsh in Plum Island Estuary, MA; Matthew Kirwan, USGS
Tidal Marsh in Plum Island Estuary, MA; Matthew Kirwan, USGS


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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Northeast CASC



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