As autumn cools the air and our coasts become increasingly wild, wet and windy, CBESS members give a recap of events over the last three months. The collection of CBESS data continues to grow, with more and more samples being processed each day. This is providing the Data Analysis Working Group (DAWG) with an increasingly complex dataset to explore. With Theme 1 (socio-economic and ecological data collection) nearing completion, researchers are beginning to look at Themes 2 and 3: scale effects and context dependency on biodiversity and ecosystem service relationships.
Several members of the CBESS consortium descended on Qingdao, China this month for the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB 2014). The conference was the third of its kind, bringing together a multinational audience of marine biologists. It was an excellent a platform for CBESS members to present their research and join the debate on the current issues and challenges facing the development of marine biodiversity.
The Redeker Lab at the University of York is leading a study that compares seasonal, climate-impacting behaviour between natural and human created (aka: realigned) salt marshes for four natural/realigned pairings in Essex. These sites include marshes that have recently been developed and those accidentally created over 100 years ago.
Large-scale flume experiment shows that salt marshes reduce the height of waves during storm surge conditions by nearly 20%
Over the summer, the Eddy Covariance Team at the University of St Andrews has been busy collecting additional chamber CO2 flux data, aiming to quantify the response of the different mosaics of vegetation over the landward-seaward gradient to a manipulated range of light conditions.