Coastal Wetland Hydrology under Climate Change: Dynamics, Consequences, and Eco-morphologic Feedback
Climate-induced disturbances are expected to increase in frequency and intensity and affect coastal wetland ecosystem mainly through altering its hydrology. Investigating how wetland hydrology responds to climate disturbances is an important first step to understand the ecological response of coastal wetlands to these disturbances. In this talk, I am going to introduce my research work on improving the understanding of how the water storage of coastal wetlands at North Carolina, Delaware Bay, and the entire southeast U.S. changes under climatic disturbances. In particular, I will address the uncertainties in estimating water flow through coastal wetlands by considering 1) the regional-scale hydrologic interaction between uplands, coastal wetlands, and the ocean and 2) the impact of coastal eco-geomorphologic change on the freshwater and saltwater interaction on coastal marshlands.