The Water Institute of the Gulf
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2018
As outlined by the National Academies report Effective Monitoring to Evaluate Ecological Restoration in the Gulf (National Academies of Sciences of 2017), predicting the rate of relative sea level rise (eustatic + subsidence) that a marsh can keep pace with is a decision-critical uncertainty that must be addressed to guide restoration efforts.The primary objective of this project is to develop a standardized data collection methodology for monitoring fine sediment transport and retention within marsh vegetation so that marsh sedimentary function can be compared between different marshes, and across different marsh types (e.g. freshwater vs. salt, nascent vs. established). This methodology will offer coastal restoration practitioners guidance on the most important hydrodynamic parameters to collect that are influential to fine sediment deposition, and how to integrate hydrodynamic, suspended sediment, and vegetation data to provide a coherent picture of marsh sedimentary function.