We conducted tidal creek import and export measurements in mid October on the four sites we’ve been working on during 2016. Daylight is in somewhat shorter supply this time of year, though the tides still take about 12 hours. So we had to get out to the sites while it was still dark, work through […]
We took a quick trip to Plum Island for an early fall CO2 gas flux measurement. Brian, Mary, and Alec are measuring CO2 exchange between the marsh and the atmosphere. This work will be compared to the gas flux measurements made by the eddy covariance tower shown in the background, and allo is to […]
Our last summer sampling in Plum Island! We’re doing tidal creek import/export on 4 creeks, a water-column production and respiration experiment, marsh CO2 gas flux measurements, and helping out with the late summer metabolism transects (ramming). We’ll be back in October. Mary and Brian measuring marsh CO2 exchange at various light levels. Olivia and […]
We visited tidal wetlands in the Kennebec River in coastal Maine as part of our survey of wetland accretion rates along the East Coast of the U.S. We collected 10 deep cores, along with above- and below-ground biomass and RTK-GPS data. The trip was very successful, and it was an adventure. We gambled on getting […]
To test feedbacks between sediment supply, plant biomass, and marsh accretion, we’ve undertaken a sediment exclusion experiment in salt marshes in the Delaware River. We installed a 3x3m sediment exclusion plot in early June 2016, along with feldspar market horizons. We will install more sediment exclusion plots after validating the experimental design this summer. […]
The crew in Plum Island doing creek import/export measurements realized that work on the marsh is a bit different with spring tides. The marsh started to flood, and it was still more than an hour off of high. High tide found them knee deep.
This short (1 minute) movie describes the purpose of measuring water exchange in tidal creeks in the Plum Island system. Here is a view of the ADCP and water quality sampling from the air!
Mikala is investigating how water draining high and low-elevation marsh influences metabolism (production and respiration) in estuarine waters. This had us out at 2:30am to catch the maximum ebb tide draining 4 tidal creeks. Navigating Plum Island at night is a trick! Mikala filled BOD bottles with water from the creeks and placed the bottles […]
We started off the 2016 field season with a trip to Plum Island Sound in May. Diana, Mikala, Brian, Olivia, Arielle, and Mary joined Drs. Sutter and Weston for a week of marsh field work.
Tidal marshes are productive ecosystems that provide key services to society such as carbon sequestration, storm surge buffering, and water-quality mitigation. The long-term stability of coastal wetlands is explained by interactions between sea level, plant growth, sediment supply, and wetland accretion, but coastal wetland stability is threatened by land use change and accelerating rates of […]