The National Wetlands Research Center’s Wetlands Ecology Branch focuses on restoration of coastal marshes and prairies, the ecological processes that drive loss and restoration of wetlands, the effects of large-scale storms such as hurricanes, and the effects of global change, particularly sea-level rise. Research ecologists at NWRC study causes and loss of threatened coastal ecosystems, and investigate how to stabilize, restore, and manage the coastal landscape. Additionally, they provide international technical assistance and collaboration with scientists in other countries such as India, Mexico, and England. In 2005, they released a report entitled Science and the Storms: the USGS Response to the Hurricanes of 2005.
Go to the NWRC hurricane research page for an in-depth look at their hurricane research efforts.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.