New study shows rapid marsh bank sediment build up does not equate land loss resilience

A new study proposes a new framework to look at sediment fluxes in marsh channels that takes into account the natural process of sediment recycling.

When the banks of a marsh channel accumulate sediment at a faster rate than relative sea level rise, it may seem like the marsh is resilient. However, a new study published in Geology proposes a new framework to look at sediment fluxes in marsh channels that takes into account the natural process of sediment recycling. Understanding how sediments are transported within salt marshes is critical to predict the effect that processes such as nutrient loading, sea-level rise and sediment supply have on marsh erosion.

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