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2017 Annual Meeting | Oct. 22-25 | Tampa, FL

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Division: ASA Section: Environmental Quality

Title: Symposium--Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Soil Quality and Nutrient Dynamics

Community Leader: Suduan Gao
Organizer: Lisa G. Chambers
Moderators: Lisa G. Chambers and Havalend Steinmuller
Lead Community Sponsor: Nutrients and Environmental Quality Community
Cosponsor: SSSA Division: Wetland Soils, SSSA Division: Soils and Environmental Quality
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Format: Oral Symposium
Keywords: Sea level rise, coastal ecosystems, nutrients and soil quality

Session Description: Sea level rise and the associated increases in salinity, tidal inundation, and extreme events can have dramatic effects on the functioning of a variety of coastal ecosystems, ranging from subtidal to intertidal.  In addition to macro-scale shifts in coastal flora and fauna, significant chemical, physical, and biological changes are also occurring within the soils and sediments (e.g., changes in microbial community composition and function, nutrient cycling, soil quality, etc.), which feedback into  ecosystem function.  This session will focus on sea level rise affects on coastal soil properties, processes, and nutrient dynamics.