The University of South Carolina, University of Southern Mississippi, and University of Memphis are collaborating to examine effects of Hurricane Katrina on Mississippi coastal ecosystems. We are examining a gradient of disturbance starting at the coast and working inland roughly split into: 1) tidal, 2) land affected by storm surge, and 3) land affected by wind, rain, and salt spray. Spatially, we are interested in the inward progression of the hurricane effects in relation to pre-hurricane landscape patterns. In addition, we are interested in the recovery of these ecosystems. We will begin studying plant stress (chlorophyll and photosynthesis), soil and water body chemistry (conductivity, dissolved oxygen, redox), and impact of vegetation in October 2005. Preliminary Results


Rainfall pattern of hurricane Katrina.

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