A mechanical understanding of the impact of environmental and biotic processes on ecosystem ‘regime changes’ is important, especially where systems such as coastal defence systems are provided. The surface of salt marshes can change quickly over time, and there are signs, although little empiric data, that some of these changes are natural and cyclical. The marsh can possibly change on a relatively local scale while keeping a consistent cover at a larger scale (“dynamic stability”), which suggests resilience in saltmarsh systems. The aim of this study is to look at the patterns of change on various scales in UK marshes.
Start Date: 1 October 2013