Marsh Migration

As global climate changes, and in particular, as sea level rise accelerates, the wetland-upland boundary is expected to migrate landward in many estuarine ecosystems. This is one of the responses that may allow wetlands to persist under increased flooding. Jug Bay is already showing in some areas signs of migration as we see the marsh moving inland towards the forested wetland habitat. To monitor this change, five transects encompassing the marsh-forested wetland boundary along the Otter Point trail were established in 2014 and will be measured for the first time during the growing season of 2015.

Monitoring Objectives:
   1. Detect any vegetation changes along the marsh-forested wetland boundary.
   2. Better understand the resiliency of Jug Bay tidal freshwater marshes to sea level rise.
   3. Promote the use of long-term monitoring data for education and stewardship purposes.

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