In February, 30 scientists descended on Morecambe Bay to understand how the microbes, plants and animals that live in salt marshes and mudflats contribute to our natural environment, economy and society. At the end of July, they will return to collect and measure more samples.
Salt marshes store a significant quantity of soil carbon, yet relatively little is known about the carbon uptake by these systems. Despite their importance, regular tidal inundation means that salt marsh ecosystems are rarely measured with long term measurements such as Eddy Covariance.
The University of Essex is providing a vital role in the CBESS project by characterising the microbes present in 264 areas of salt marsh and mudflat, spread over six field sites in Essex and Morecambe. These microbes are particularly important in these habitats as they play a vital role in many processes such as cleaning the environment and improving plant growth.
The Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (University of Cambridge) is monitoring the sea defence function of saltmarshes at two saltmarsh sites in Morecambe Bay and three in Essex.
The Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (University of Cambridge) will be presenting preliminary findings of their measurements at the INTECOL 2013 conference in London on Wednesday 21st August in the session on Marine Ecology with an oral presentation on “Dynamics of the coastal protection service of salt marshes across a UK west coast – east coast gradient”.
Natural England Marine Adviser based in the Winchester.
Southern Regional Seas Team in Natural England has an 8 month vacancy for a Marine Adviser, which we are looking to fill through short term appointment.
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CBESS at the University of St Andrews was interviewed by Radio 4’s Shared Planet to provide an insight into how researchers in the UK are trying to understand the value of Britain’s mudflats and salt marshes.