This presentation discusses a study that investigates the different probable causes of Peat Collapse in Coastal Wetlands using the Everglades as a case study. This webinar will go through all the extensive research done to try and prove all presented hypotheses including the results of each.
Coastal wetlands are important because they provide many valuable ecosystem services. They provide habitat for commercially important fisheries and other marine animals, provide the first line of defense in the face of coastal storms by buffering waves and preventing shoreline erosion, and they store more carbon in their soils than any other ecosystem in the world. Furthermore, they store immense amounts of carbon (C) in vegetation and sediments, but this store of C is under threat from climate change.
1. Increase knowledge about accelerated sea level rise (SLR), which leads to saltwater intrusion, and more frequent periods of droughts that will both impact biogeochemical cycling in wetlands.
2. Comprehend the importance of managing increased water inputs into wetlands can push back the saltwater and allow preservation of these systems.
3. Understand proper coastal management and policy which may be the key to helping coastal marshes survive.