The Global Change Research Wetland (affectionately known as GCREW) has been studying the effect of gases on marsh growth since 1987 and continues to this day. Salt marshes are unique ecosystems that serve as nurseries and habitat for wildlife. They also protect coastal communities from things like flooding and storms.
We want to know how the plants in marshes like ours will react to a changing climate. Atmospheric changes in gases and sea level rise could have a big impact on where, how quickly, and how much plants in salt marshes grow.
There are three projects going on at GCREW as of summer 2015. The longest running project involves studying the effects of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) on plants. This project began in 1987 and is the longest running project of its kind.
Want to get involved?
Come help us collect data from our experimental plots to analyze how global change environmental factors are altering our wetlands! If you are interested, click here to learn more about how to get involved.