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Webinar: Modelling the Salt Marshes of Jamaica Bay

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Thursday, 19 April 2018, 12:00

Thursday, April 19, 2018. 12:00PM. Webinar: Modelling the Salt Marshes of Jamaica Bay. Katherine Renken, University of South Carolina & Hongqing Wang, U.S. Geological Survey Sponsored by Science + Resilience Institute, Jamaica Bay More information here.

While there is an understanding that coastal hazards, such as storms and flooding, have large impacts on coastal wetlands, it remains unclear as to what the magnitude and mechanisms of these impacts are. Researchers are using modeling methods to understand the dynamics of wetlands in response to immediate hazards such as storms, and long-term impacts like sea level rise. In this webinar, we will present two projects that are using modeling methods to forecast coastal wetlands and saltmarsh changes.
Dr. Katherine Renken will highlight a collaborative effort in modeling saltmarsh evolution and migration in four national parks in the mid- and north-Atlantic regions with the Spatial Marsh Equilibrium Model (Spatial MEM), taking site-specific inputs derived from analysis of field data (vegetation biomass, total suspended solids, and water levels) to forecast future saltmarsh surface elevation based on predicted sea-level trends.
Dr. Hongqing Wang will share his findings in researching how hurricanes and extra-tropical storms impact coastal wetland morphology. He will present the results of the Delft3D modeling integrated with field measurements on Hurricane Sandy-induced salt marsh morphological change in Jamaica Bay, New York.

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