Coastal resilience is the ability of a coastal community, ecosystem, or industry to “bounce back” after an extreme weather event. The compounding threats of sea level rise, more frequent and more intense flood and storm events and subsequent damage increase the uncertainty with which we can plan for the future. Understanding the projected range of future storm, flood and sea level rise impacts on coastal ecosystems, communities and economies is critical for reducing risk and informing management and planning decisions. The Gloucester Marine Station is engaged in a suite of projects to inform coastal resilience planning for coastal communities.

Salt Marsh Work Group

The Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network’s Salt Marsh Work Group (SMWG) is comprised of over 80 state, federal, university and non-profit scientists and land managers spanning Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island. The SMWG is co-led by UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station and the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).  Formed in 2018, the SMWG was founded to:

  1. Facilitate communication between scientists, managers, planners and engineers;
  2. Share research findings to inform resilient salt marsh management;
  3. Target salt marsh research gaps and prioritize research needs;
  4. Design collaborative funding approaches to support priority research

Are you conducting salt marsh research or management?
Take this brief survey to help build a regional GIS-based Salt Marsh Project Viewer. After entering your project information in the survey, you will be directed to the online Project Viewer map and project summary that you helped to create. Thank you!



Lightning Talks - New England Salt Marsh Projects - May 16, 2019

Lightning Talks - New England Salt Marsh Projects - April 22, 2019

Lightning Talks - New England Salt Marsh Projects - December 5, 2018