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NASA grant: Futures of Great Lakes watersheds and coastal ecosystems

We recently began a new NASA-funded project, continuing the work with a large collaborative team to link land use, socioeconomic drivers, and climate to the hydrology and water quality in large-river watersheds and the effects on Great Lakes coastal wetlands.  In past work, the Michigan team developed the Mondrian model of community-ecosystem processes to better understand the effects of water and nutrient deliveries to the coast on wetland function, including carbon storage, nitrogen retention, and the community ecology of native and invasive wetland plants.  In the new project we will link the Mondrian model to the Landscape Hydrologic Model developed at Michigan State, working with collaborators at MSU, while using satellite data to extend our modeling across the coastlines of the entire Great Lakes basin, working with collaborators at Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI).  (Other collaborators are at Texas A&M and the University of Northern Iowa.)  We will also be extending the coupled models to explore the effects of alternative future scenarios of land use, agriculture, socioeconomic change, and climate change.   To learn more, see Current Research.