To really understand how an ecosystem is changing — such as a coastal salt marsh, coping with sea-level rise in a warming climate — ecologists need to study it not just for years, but decades. Long-term data is also indispensable for creating accurate models to predict future ecosystem change.
In this video by Elise Hugus of UnderCurrent Productions, Anne Giblin of the MBL Ecosystems Center describes how decades of MBL research at the largest intact salt marsh in the northeastern United States is providing critical information on the impacts of climate change — information stakeholders need to protect the increasingly fragile coastline. Giblin is lead principal investigator of the Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research site, a collaborative study funded since the early 1990s by the National Science Foundation.
Source: Climate Conversations: Dr. Anne Giblin from UnderCurrent Productions on Vimeo.