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Saltmarsh Assessment at Fort Frederica NM

Fort Frederica National Monument

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On January 4, 2011 the Southeast Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network, under the direction of Tony Curtis Coastal Ecologist, performed an initial site assessment for the future location of Rod Surface Elevation Table (RSET) monitoring stations at Fort Frederica National Monument. Jenny Asper, Coastal Ecology Intern (below left), piloted SECN’s new work boat on the Frederica River.

Understanding changes in relative salt marsh elevation is important for interpreting changes in salt marsh vegetation communities and other estuarine ecosystem components. Salt marsh erosion and accretion are also important parameters for measuring the response of formerly impounded marshes to restoration of tidal influence, and will be particularly critical if the rate of sea level rise accelerates as predicted.



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