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Final Report: Optimization of Marsh Restoration for Storm Surge Abatement and Sea-Level Rise




This report summarizes results of simulations with the model Hydro-MEM (the combined Hydrodynamic and Marsh Equilibrium Model) of the evolution of saltmarshes in response to future sea-level rise in four areas: 1) the coastline from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay north to the Virginia-Maryland border (“VA”); 2) the Virginia-Maryland border north to Ocean City Inlet (“MD”); 3) the New Jersey coastline surrounding Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (“NJ”); and 4) Plum Island Estuary, Massachusetts (“PIE”). These sites contain land protected and regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Because ecosystems do not stop at political boundaries, however, these study sites also include surrounding areas that are either monitored by [...]


Principal Investigator :
James Morris

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Morris_U of SC_Sandy Final 7-27-2018.pdf 12.11 MB


The purpose of this project was to investigate saltmarsh evolution and resilience using a coupled hydrodynamic and vegetation model, the Hydro-MEM, under three NOAA projected sea-level rise scenarios (0.5 m, 1 m, and 1.5 m increase from 2000 to 2100).


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