SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Researchers on the Georgia coast are getting a federal grant of nearly $700,000 to study the chemistry of salt marshes.
Scientists at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah are primarily interested in answering a lingering question about the cycle of organic matter in marshes -- are marshlands primarily consumers or producers of carbon? Jay Brandes, the study's lead researcher, says the answers could help government and scientific groups studying climate change.
The researchers will use the National Science Foundation grant to place remote sensors that take measurements every 15 minutes in the marsh at nearby Groves Creek. Scientists will monitor carbon levels as the tides come and go over at least 18 months.
The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is a research arm of the University System of Georgia.