Locally Relevant, Nationally Significant

Through a national network dedicated to sharing local science and expertise, Reserves support research, monitoring, and education that protect people and places nationwide.

Wetland Protection Pathways

Pathways to Resilience is a Reserve-led initiative to collaborate with partners and communities to identify, protect, and manage the pathways through which wetlands can migrate as sea levels rise.

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Estuary Change

Estuaries are subject to change. Where have they been, where are they now, and where may they be in the future? How have their habitats changed over time? A team led by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) explored those questions in 30 estuaries around the country.

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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.

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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.

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Thin-Layer Placement of Sediment (TLP)

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.

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Reserves keep watch

on our changing coasts through nationally standardized programs that monitor local changes in weather, water quality, and habitats.

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Harmful algal blooms

are a perennial threat to public health and coastal economies dependent on fishing and tourism.This study positioned Reserves and partners to support algal bloom research, management, and education through enhanced high frequency, in situ chlorophyll a monitoring.

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This first-ever North American inventory of coastal wetland wildlife

captured thousands of images that collectively reveal the secret lives of estuary critters—from Alaska’s bears and Mississippi’s hogs to the Koaloa Maui (Hawaiian ducks) and Florida’s armadillos.

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Science & Tools