SPEA professor Chris Craft and PhD student Ellen Herbert from the Wetlands Lab met with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) as he toured the southeastern US to learn about climate change.
Craft, Herbert, and scientists from the University of Georgia met with Whitehouse at Sapelo Island, Georgia. It is a barrier island reachable only by boat and largely owned by the State of Georgia.
Whitehouse met with scientists, policy makers and natural resource managers to discuss the effects of climate change on the people and ecosystems of the region. Herbert talked with Whitehouse about the effects of sea level rise and saltwater intrusion on coastal wetlands. Craft discussed the importance on long term monitoring to assess natural variability versus human effects on climate, including changing precipitation patterns and freshwater flows to the coast.