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Research Project: Pedological Processes Linking Wetland Restoration Practices to Ecosystem Services

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-13610-029-34-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 18, 2012
End Date: Jan 31, 2017

The goal of the study is to quantify the effects and effectiveness of wetland restoration techniques.

The study includes a field and modeling component. As part of the field component, study sites will be selected throughout the MIAR to best characterize the effect of wetland restoration implementation practices on the provision of ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration. The cooperator will travel to each site to assess soil characteristics and retrieve soil samples. The cooperator will work with ARS and other participants to analyze the data within the context of ecosystem service delivery. To support the modeling component, the cooperator will develop new methods for modeling wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry to better assess the effects of wetland restoration in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The approach will include modification of the Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and/or other process based models to improve the representation of wetland hydroperiod and related biogeochemistry to better assess wetland functions pertaining to ecosystem services, including those related to water quality improvement, flood retention, and greenhouse gas mitigation.