As global warming pushes sea levels higher, coastal wetlands start to suffer—and so do we, as our homes and cities flood more frequently.
We need wetlands. They feed and filter our drinking water, hold floodwater at bay, and provide a home to an array of plants and animals. Help researchers understand how rising sea level is reshaping one important wetland environment: the hardwood swamps of South Carolina.
You’ll explore the Hobcaw Barony, a protected forest that can only be fully experienced by research teams like yours (not the general public). On the coast of the wildlife-rich Winyah Bay, just below the city of Myrtle Beach, hike this exceptional landscape on to tag and identify trees, measure water quality, and count the fireflies twinkling at night.
Your work will help the scientists uncover what climate change could mean for the plants, animals, and people that depend on these wetlands. By understanding these changes, the scientists can recommend the best way to protect this critical wetland forest and others like it around the world.