By Heather Goldstone and Elsa Partan
We’ve learned recently from scientists at Umass Amherst that New England will probably experience more warming than the rest of the planet in the near future.
Along the northern East Coast, sea level has risen an average of four millimeters a year and is expected to increase. On Cape Cod, our salt marshes may be the difference between towns going underwater and staying dry. They provide a remarkably effective barrier against storms and erosion.
Anne Giblin, interim director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory, has been looking at how salt marshes on Plum Island keep their heads above water in an environment in which they don’t get a lot of sediments from rivers. (The same is true on Cape Cod.) Read more and listen to radio interview with Giblin …