Coastal SEES Collaborative Research: Salinization of the Inland Coastal Plain through Saltwater Intrusion: Landscapes in Transition along the Leading Edge of Climate Change

Project: Research project

Description

This proposal will map current and forecast future hydrologic connections across the landscape by integrating classic hydrologic analyses with scenario-based projections of future land use and land management changes. These maps, taken together with intensive empirical data on the biogeochemical consequences of saltwater intrusion for major ecosystem types in the region, will allow us to forecast alternative scenarios to address the question: How will land management decisions and climate change collectively alter the capacity of coastal landscapes to provide economic benefits and ecosystem services? The primary research team consists of five investigators representing four major NC universities (Duke, UNC, ECU, NCSU) and four disciplines (biogeochemistry, community ecology, hydrology, regional planning). All PIs are currently engaged in research in the coastal plain and are eager for the opportunity to integrate their individual perspectives. The full scientific team will include current collaborators of the individual PIs with the US EPA, USGS and the Albermarle-Pamlico National Estuarine Program.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/1/1512/31/19

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

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saline intrusion
salinization
coastal plain
land management
climate change
community ecology
regional planning
biogeochemistry
ecosystem service
hydrology
land use
economics
forecast
programme
decision
ecosystem type