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Development of an Index of Susceptibility for Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands

A growing body of evidence suggests that community metabolism (the   total and relative rates of primary production and respiration)   contributes substantially to the structure of fish and invertebrate   communities in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Community metabolism in   coastal wetlands is affected by many natural (i.e., wind and wave   energy, pelagic mixing, basin morphology) and anthropogenic factors   (i.e., nutrient loading, hydrologic manipulation). Therefore, fish   and invertebrate communities in some coastal wetlands may be more   susceptible to anthropogenic disturbances than others based on   geomorphology and orientation to prevailing wind and waves. The   objective of my research is to quantify community metabolism in   Great Lakes coastal wetlands and describe its relationship with both   natural hydrologic variables and anthropogenic disturbance   variables. This information will be used to generate an index for   determining whether a wetland is particularly susceptible to   anthropogenic disturbances based on natural geomorphology. Community   metabolism will be measured along gradients of wave energy and   hydrologic mixing and anthropogenic disturbance. Community   metabolism will be measured in three compartments including the   sediment, epibenthos, and the water column. Characteristics which   make certain wetlands particularly vulnerable to disturbance (i.e.,   shallow, east-facing, limited fetch) will then be identified and   combined into an index of coastal wetland susceptibility.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Don UzarskiPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 12 projects
Thomas BurtonResearcher
Associated with 10 projects
Matthew CooperResearcher
Associated with 11 projects
Agencies

Funding 12 projects for a total of $720,629.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Community
Ecosystem
Physical/Chemical
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Land Use and Habitat
Wetlands
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
State Province
Michigan
Annex Numbers
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Cause-effect inter-relationships of productivity and ecotoxicity
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Pollution from Non-Point Sources
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Cause-effect inter-relationships of productivity and ecotoxicity
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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