Delmarva Wetlands Project
From 2012-2015, the CLUS supported the University of Maryland in a project through NASA: “Mapping and Monitoring of Wetland Dynamics for Improved Resilience and Delivery of Ecosystem Services in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”
Little progress has been made in the study of the effects of Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUC) on regional-scale wetland distribution, extent and function. Fundamental data are few. For example, many US wetland maps are out of date and do not represent wetland dynamics; forested wetland maps are inaccurate; principle process-based regional water quality models do not explicitly incorporate wetlands; and wetland functional assessments are not quantitative. Thus, a fundamental understanding of land-water processes is severely impeded and adaptive management and conservation of wetlands is based on scant fundamental understanding.

The overall objectives of this study are to (1) develop improved wetland mapping and change detection using remote-sensing data from multiple, complementary sensors at various temporal and spatial scales; (2) study the socioeconomic and physical drivers of wetland change affecting wetland extent and function at regional scales; (3) assess the impacts of multiple environmental stressors, particularly the anthropogenic ones; and (4) quantify vulnerability of wetlands and wetland ecosystem services under multiple climate and land use change scenarios. Outputs of this project will advance scientific understanding of the types, extent and processes of LCLUC and climate change on wetland extent, distribution, and provision of ecosystem services. It should also advance the US obligations to the scientific component of the RAMSAR Treaty as well as state and local management strategies to mitigate and adapt to future changes.

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed (CBW) will be used for this study because of its wide variation in soils, topography, climate, hydrology, water chemistry, vegetation, and other factors, including human disturbance and wetland related policies.

Affiliate Scholars

Claire Jantz, Ph.D. – Past Director

Deputy Secretary

B.A. in College Scholars from University of Tennessee M.A. in Geography from University of Maryland Ph.D. in Geography from University of Maryland Dr. Claire Jantz is the former Director of the CLUS. She has extensive expertise in land use and land cover change...
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Alfonso Yáñez Morillo

Research Analyst, Center for Land Use and Sustainability

A.S. in forest engineering from the Universidad Politecnica of Madrid B.S. in biology from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid M.S. in environmental management and administration from the Fundación Biodiversidad Alfonso specializes in landscape ecology and connectivity and has over 10...
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