COASTAL CRITICAL ZONE
INTRO

Collaborative Environmental Research
The Coastal Critical Zone

Processes that transform landscapes and fluxes between land and sea.

MISSION

Develop a fully collaborative, multi-disciplinary study at a network of sites to understand and predict current and future changes in coupled hydrological, ecological, geomorphological, and biogeochemical (HEGB) system.

VISION

To quantify the coupled processes and feedbacks that govern the HEGB transformations in the coastal CZ to understand how shifts in the transition zone will translate to changes in cycling, fluxes, and storage of critical elements at the land-sea margin.

Our Mission

Develop a fully collaborative, multi-disciplinary study at a network of sites to understand and predict current and future changes in coupled hydrological, ecological, geomorphological, and biogeochemical (HEGB) system.

LEARN MORE

Contact us with any questions. 

Latest News

CZN All Hands Meeting 2022 – Field Trip VLOG

In summer 2022, the Coastal CZ hosted the CZN All Hands Meeting in Delaware. Check out the amazing Vlog created by Dr. Alexandra Moore, CZN Coordinating Hub, The Pennsylvania State University that showcases[…]

Read more

Climate-driven decoupling of wetland and upland biomass trends on the mid-Atlantic coast

The Kirwan group at VIMS has developed a study to systematically evaluate the dynamic association between four decades of sea-level driven coastal landscape organization and ecosystem carbon pools along the rapidly[…]

Read more

Sea level rise leading to growing number of coastal ‘ghost forests’

Ghost forests are cropping up along parts of America’s coastline, particularly along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Trees are giving way to marshes and changing the very nature of the[…]

Read more