Design and Evaluation of Restored and Created Wetlands for Coastal Climate Resilience: Case Studies, Models, Measurements and Policy

Session ID#: 27168

Session Description:
Fringe wetlands and wetlands islands can reduce wave height and store floodwaters during storms. As a result wetlands restoration and creation are increasingly being proposed as a resilience strategy for coastal communities that also enhances ecosystem health. This living shorelines approach requires design and engineering based on climate science as well as engagement of regulators and communities to successfully implement projects. Questions remain about the design of these wetlands, especially on how to incorporate adaptation to sea level rise. Projects may also utilize thin layer deposition of dredged sediments, which has both significant design and regulatory hurdles. Finally, there is a need for in situ observations or models for evaluating the performance of wetlands as a resilience strategy during storms and under sea level rise scenarios. This session invites presentations on case studies, models and measurements to evaluate resilience, and policy and communications approaches to implement projects.
Primary Convener:  Rebecca French, University of Connecticut, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, Groton, CT, United States
Convener:  Craig R Tobias, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences, Groton, CT, United States

  • B - Biogeosciences
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • H - Hydrology
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Index Terms:

0481 Restoration [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
1890 Wetlands [HYDROLOGY]
4332 Disaster resilience [NATURAL HAZARDS]
6324 Legislation and regulations [POLICY SCIENCES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Teresa Doss, Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States
Todd Stephen Bridges, Vicksburg, MS, United States
Sanjay Shukla, University of Florida, Agricultural and Biological engineering department, Gainesville, FL, United States, Chin Lung Wu, University of Florida, Ag and Bio Engineering, Gainesville, FL, United States, Niroj Shrestha, University of Florida, Immokalee, FL, United States and C. L. Wu
Candice Piercy1, Carra C Carrillo1, Christine M VanZomeren1, Jacob Berkowitz1, Monica A Chasten2, David Golden3, Jacqueline Jahn4, Timothy L Welp1 and Metthea Yepsen5, (1)Engineer Research and Development Center Vicksburg, Vicksburg, MS, United States, (2)U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States, (3)Department of Environmental Protection New Jersey, Trenton, NJ, United States, (4)GreenVest, LLC, Denville, NJ, United States, (5)The Nature Conservancy, Chester, NJ, United States
Robert Twilley, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, United States

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