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Title: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Carbon Burial in Natural and Created Fringing Marshes of Northwest Florida (Choctawhatchee to Pensacola Bay)

Abstract

Critical military training and testing on lands along the nation’s coastal and estuarine shorelines are increasingly placed at risk because of encroachment pressures in surrounding areas, impairments due to other anthropogenic disturbances, and changes in climate and sea level. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) intends to enhance and sustain its training and testing assets and also optimize its stewardship of natural resources through the development and application of an ecosystem-based management approach on DoD installations. To accomplish this goal, particularly for installations in estuarine/coastal environments, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) launched the Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP) as a 10-year effort at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCBCL) in North Carolina. The results of the second 5 years of the program (DCERP2) are presented in the DCERP2 Final Report.There were four overarching objectives of DCERP2. The first objective was to understand the effects of climate change impacts, including warming temperatures, variability in the hydrological cycle, storm events, and sea level rise on the coastal ecosystems at MCBCL from observations and measurements made over the 10-year program. The second objective was to understand the carbon cycle of the coastal and terrestrial ecosystems at MCBCL through a highlymore » integrated sampling program. The third objective was to develop models, tools, and indicators to evaluate current and projected future ecosystem state changes and translate scientific findings into actionable information for installation managers. The last objective was to recommend adaptive management strategies to sustain ecosystem natural resources within the context of an active military installation.The research effort described in this report is an attempt to quantify burial rates and standing stocks of carbon in several natural and created (aged 3 to 28 years) marshes in Northwest Florida from eastern Choctawhatchee Bay to Pensacola Bay. The goal of this work was to provide data that are useful in determining the carbon sequestration value of the sites in question and to contribute to a broader understanding of the geographical variability of carbon storage rates in both natural and created marshes. The sites chosen for this study were identified in collaboration with partners from the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Hurlburt Field (part of Eglin Air Force Base), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.« less

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Research Org.:
Environmental System Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem; Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP)
Sponsoring Org.:
U.S. DoD > Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) > Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP)
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Keywords:
DCERP; SERDP; RESOURCE CONSERVATION; CARBON BURIAL; RC-2245
OSTI Identifier:
1602212
DOI:
10.15485/1602212

Citation Formats

Currin, Carolyn. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Carbon Burial in Natural and Created Fringing Marshes of Northwest Florida (Choctawhatchee to Pensacola Bay). United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.15485/1602212.
Currin, Carolyn. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Carbon Burial in Natural and Created Fringing Marshes of Northwest Florida (Choctawhatchee to Pensacola Bay). United States. doi:10.15485/1602212.
Currin, Carolyn. 2016. "Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Carbon Burial in Natural and Created Fringing Marshes of Northwest Florida (Choctawhatchee to Pensacola Bay)". United States. doi:10.15485/1602212. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1602212. Pub date:Thu Dec 15 00:00:00 EST 2016
@article{osti_1602212,
title = {Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Carbon Burial in Natural and Created Fringing Marshes of Northwest Florida (Choctawhatchee to Pensacola Bay)},
author = {Currin, Carolyn},
abstractNote = {Critical military training and testing on lands along the nation’s coastal and estuarine shorelines are increasingly placed at risk because of encroachment pressures in surrounding areas, impairments due to other anthropogenic disturbances, and changes in climate and sea level. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) intends to enhance and sustain its training and testing assets and also optimize its stewardship of natural resources through the development and application of an ecosystem-based management approach on DoD installations. To accomplish this goal, particularly for installations in estuarine/coastal environments, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) launched the Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP) as a 10-year effort at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCBCL) in North Carolina. The results of the second 5 years of the program (DCERP2) are presented in the DCERP2 Final Report.There were four overarching objectives of DCERP2. The first objective was to understand the effects of climate change impacts, including warming temperatures, variability in the hydrological cycle, storm events, and sea level rise on the coastal ecosystems at MCBCL from observations and measurements made over the 10-year program. The second objective was to understand the carbon cycle of the coastal and terrestrial ecosystems at MCBCL through a highly integrated sampling program. The third objective was to develop models, tools, and indicators to evaluate current and projected future ecosystem state changes and translate scientific findings into actionable information for installation managers. The last objective was to recommend adaptive management strategies to sustain ecosystem natural resources within the context of an active military installation.The research effort described in this report is an attempt to quantify burial rates and standing stocks of carbon in several natural and created (aged 3 to 28 years) marshes in Northwest Florida from eastern Choctawhatchee Bay to Pensacola Bay. The goal of this work was to provide data that are useful in determining the carbon sequestration value of the sites in question and to contribute to a broader understanding of the geographical variability of carbon storage rates in both natural and created marshes. The sites chosen for this study were identified in collaboration with partners from the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Hurlburt Field (part of Eglin Air Force Base), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.},
doi = {10.15485/1602212},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {12}
}

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