Science & Tools

Locally Relevant, Nationally Significant
Through a national network dedicated to sharing local science and expertise, Reserves create tools for research, monitoring, and education that protect people and places nationwide.

Landscape-Scale Resilience Assessment

This assessment supports “apples to apples” comparisons of tidal marsh resilience at multiple scales. It ranks resilience according to metrics of current marsh conditions, vulnerability to sea level rise, and potential for adaptation—critical information for efforts to conserve, restore, or study these habitats around the country.

Marsh Resilience Assessment

As the rate of sea level rise quickens around the country, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System created this first-in-the-nation assessment of our nation’s marsh’s ability to keep up.

Building Marsh Capital

Thin-layer placement of sediment (TLP) is an emerging strategy to protect tidal marshes threatened by rising seas. A Reserve-led research team tested the use of TLP at eight Reserves and developed guidance to inform future research and restoration projects that use this technique.

Climate Change Vulnerability Tool

How vulnerable are coastal habitats to a changing climate and rising seas?  This process brings scientists and community decision makers together to inform strategies to keep these habitats healthy on a changing coast.

Collaborative Project Toolkit

When science is informed by the needs of local communities, it is a powerful tool for protecting the coasts. This toolkit includes best practices, case studies, and other resources for teams who want to engage decision makers in the research process.

Restoration Story Map

Reserves use their data and expertise to test innovative strategies to study and restore estuarine habitats such as dunes and marshes. This story map takes you on a tour of these habitats, the challenges they face, and Reserve science and strategies to conserve and restore these special places.

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