Sea-Level Rise and Marsh Vertical Accretion Rates in Chesapeake Bay

by Michael S. Kearney, Univ of Maryland, Dep of Geography, College Park, MD, USA,
J. Court Stevenson, Univ of Maryland, Dep of Geography, College Park, MD, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: Chesapeake Bay marshes, in their wide variety of vegetation types, salinity ranges, and environmental settings provide a unique perspective on the relations between marsh vertical accretion rates and sea-level rise in a relatively small geographic area. Estuarine marshes, occurring along the meanders in the sediment trap portions of major Bay tributaries, appear at least to be keeping abreast of rising sea levels; in some marshes, vertical accretion rates may be exceeding local rates of sea-level rise.

Subject Headings: Sea level | Bays | Sediment transport | Transportation engineering | Estuaries | Wetlands (coastal) | Beach accretion | Chesapeake Bay region

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