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Coastal and wetland ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay watershed: Applying palynology to understand impacts of changing climate, sea level, and land use

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Debra A. Willard
Debra A. Willard
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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Christopher E. Bernhardt
Christopher E. Bernhardt
U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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Cliff R. Hupp
Cliff R. Hupp
U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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Wayne N. Newell
Wayne N. Newell
U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

The mid-Atlantic region and Chesapeake Bay watershed have been influenced by fluctuations in climate and sea level since the Cretaceous, and human alteration of the landscape began ~12,000 years ago, with greatest impacts since colonial times. Efforts to devise sustainable management strategies that maximize ecosystem services are integrating data from a range of scientific disciplines to understand how ecosystems and habitats respond to different climatic and environmental stressors. Palynology has played an important role in improving understanding of the impact of changing climate, sea level, and land use on local and regional vegetation. Additionally, palynological analyses have provided biostratigraphic control for surficial mapping efforts and documented agricultural activities of both Native American populations and European colonists. This field trip focuses on sites where palynological analyses have supported efforts to understand the impacts of changing climate and land use on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

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Tripping from the Fall Line: Field Excursions for the GSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, 2015

David K. Brezinski
David K. Brezinski
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Jeffrey P. Halka
Jeffrey P. Halka
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
40
ISBN electronic:
9780813756400
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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