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Supporting end-users by assessing the impact of anthropogenic ditching on salt marsh sustainability in a changing climate

About Our Work

NOAA - NERRS Collaborative

Bringing scientists and end users together to develop decision support tools for marsh hydrology management strategies.

The Research Question

We want to understand how hydrological management strategies impact human health, ecosystem services, and marsh sustainability.

The Project
Approach

Producing science tools that support management by integrating end users into every step of the project—from inception to implementation.

The End
Users

Our key end users include: Waquoit Bay NERR, USFWS Rachel Carson National Wildlife Reserve, and Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project.

The End-User Decision Support Tool

To support evidence-based management, we translated our field data and 2-D marsh model into a decision support tool to predict the impacts of hydrological management strategies on marsh sustainability and ecosystem services. Our model outputs are easily transferrable to other systems that can be implemented by a broad group of end-users.

Meet the Team

Summer wrap up

March 22, 2018

We just wrapped up a really productive field season, thanks to a great team of technicians, students, and interns! Can’t wait to see what the data tell us!  

Marshes, Mosquitoes, and Sea-Level Rise

March 22, 2018

“In the 1930s, the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project dug approximately 1,500 miles of ditches across marshes on the Cape to drain their water and reduce the number of ponds…

The Collaborative Process

A key component of our work is to collaborate with end users to better understand approaches they currently use to manage marsh hydrology, how they prioritize ecosystem services, and the tradeoffs they consider when making decisions.

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