San Francisco Bay Reserve Partners with Smithsonian Institution on Estuary Research

The Takeaway: A global study uses research reserve monitoring data to uncover potential climate change impacts to the marine environment.

Each National Estuarine Research Reserve (there are 29 of them) monitors estuary health. The Smithsonian Institution is using these data in their MarineGEO initiative, a global effort aimed at better understanding the world’s marine ecosystems and how they might be affected by climate change. This collaboration between the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Smithsonian, and the Romberg Tiburon Center at San Francisco State University represents the first West Coast monitoring partnership for the MarineGEO program.

For this project, biologists at each site will collect data annually and, over time, the information will allow them to predict changes to marine ecosystems, leading to more efficient conservation and restoration efforts.

As part of the first group of West Coast research sites, the San Francisco Bay Reserve is monitoring water quality at the Richardson Bay bird sanctuary, an area with extensive eel grass beds and intertidal habitats that provides an important feeding and resting area for birds. (2016)

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Partners: Richardson Audubon Center, San Francisco Bay Reserve, San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center, Smithsonian Institution