Marshes on the Move: A Manager’s Guide to Understanding and Using Model Results Depicting Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands

“Marshes on the Move”, from the NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) and the Nature Conservancy, is a 24 page report that provides a basic understanding of the parameters and uncertainties involved in modeling the future impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands.

Wetland migration models can help guide managers and planners in land use planning (e.g., protection, restoration, adaptation) as well as emergency management (e.g., understanding where wetlands may reduce the risk of hazards to vulnerable coastal communities).  This document is intended for people who need to use model outputs for decision-making but who do not build models themselves. This is a first step toward informed use and communication of these models which may in turn support a range of sea level rise adaptation activities.

NOAA also hosts and maintains a Marshes on the Move Website (as part of NOAA's Digital Coast website) with data, tools, webinars, videos, and trainings for coastal managers addressing sea-level rise impacts to marshes.

Publication Date: October 2011

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Roger Fuller (Co-Lead)
  • Zach Ferdaña
  • Adam Whelchel
  • Nancy Cofer-Shabica (Co-Lead)
  • Nate Herold
  • Keil Schmid
  • Brian Smith
  • Doug Marcy
  • Dave Eslinger

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  • Modeling tool

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