Nature – Paul et al. (2022): Biomechanical traits of salt marsh vegetation are insensitive to future climate scenario

Paul, M., Bischoff, C. & Koop-Jakobsen, K. IN: Sci Rep 12, 21272 (2022).

Salt marshes provide wave and flow attenuation, making them attractive for coastal protection. It is necessary to predict their coastal protection capacity in the future, when climate change will increase hydrodynamic forcing and environmental parameters such as water temperature and CO2 content. The authors exposed the European salt marsh species Spartina anglica and Elymus athericus to enhanced water temperature (+ 3°) and CO2 (800 ppm) levels in a mesocosm experiment for 13 weeks in a full factorial design. Afterwards, the effect on biomechanic vegetation traits was assessed.