Investigating the Interconnectedness of Climate Change, Nuisance Mosquitos, and Resilience of Coastal Salt Marsh Systems

Project Overview Resource
October 2018

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve recently convened two roundtables of mosquito control agencies to examine the intersection of sea level rise, salt marsh structure, habitat modification and restoration, and nuisance mosquito populations. A chief concern that emerged from discussions is how climate change and sea level rise may affect marsh habitats, subsequently increasing mosquito production. Also of concern is how past physical alterations meant to reduce mosquito habitat affect the ability of salt marshes to maintain their relative elevation, and, as a result, their long-term resiliency in the face of sea level rise. Recognizing the valuable role that salt marshes play in buffering coastal communities, coastal decision-makers are increasingly advocating for the restoration of salt marshes. While the thin-layer application of dredge spoil is of increasing interest as a way to help marshes keep up with rising sea levels, it could also greatly affect mosquito production.

About this resource

A 2016 Collaborative Research project that includes the Jacques Cousteau Reserve, Rutgers University, and state mosquito control and land management agencies is working to design and implement a marsh research program that informs future mosquito control management actions. This project overview describes the project approach, anticipated benefits, anticipated products, and targeted end users.