Drivers of Wetland Diversity and Ecosystem Functions

Drivers of Wetland Diversity and Ecosystem Functions

Wetlands are very diverse and support several threatened and endangered species. Yet, they are among the most stressed ecosystems in the world. To support their conservation and prioritize interventions where they are most needed, it is critical to quantify wetland plant diversity and identify its drivers. This project uses different indicators derived from satellite imagery to estimate the plant diversity of wetland sites across the conterminous United States. These indicators are then used to understand how abiotic gradients, management, and restoration are impacting the diversity of different wetland types. (Taddeo)