Field Research in the Salt Marshes of Waquoit Bay

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Field Research in the Salt Marshes of Waquoit Bay

Bringing Wetlands to Market is a project that looks at the links between salt marshes, climate change, and nitrogen pollution.

Led by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR), the project aims to encourage the sustainable management, restoration and preservation of coastal wetlands through improved knowledge of the value of wetland carbon sequestration and storage.

A video documents the project’s field research, with scientists collecting the data that will support their investigation into how tidal wetlands store carbon and other greenhouse gases, and how carbon fluxes change across different environmental scenarios.

They have even developed a chamber that measures carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, enabling the calculation of gas flux from the salt marsh. This will assist in identifying the effect of nitrogen loading on the rate at which salt marsh stores carbon.

Soil properties such as salinity and moisture content are also measured to explore whether they can be used to indicate whether a salt marsh is a source or a sink of greenhouse gases.

This project contributes to the growing portfolio of Blue Carbon research activities that are being conducted around the world.

Watch the field research video and read more about the project on the Bringing Wetlands to Market  website.

The video was produced by Meg Gardner with help from Geoff Wyman as part of the NERRS Science Collaborative Video Series.