Collaborative Research project

Enhancing Coastal Resilience through Thin Layer Placement

Project Information

Critical to saltmarsh restoration is understanding the physical and ecological drivers of
degradation and fragmentation in saltmarsh ecosystems. Physical and ecological
processes of a broad range of spatiotemporal scales affect the success and effectiveness
of potential thin-layer placement EWN solutions. This project will develop and share
with stakeholders a multiscale monitoring and model framework, an approach which is
in high demand.


To develop a multiscale monitoring and modeling framework to:

  1. Quantify the ecological-physical coupling of coastal wetland-oyster reef mosaics
    considering interactions among flow, vegetation, reefs and sediment through field
    studies and experiments;
  2. Develop and validate a multiscale numerical model framework;
  3. Provide theoretical support and assessment tools for the TLP practice.


  1. Field observations on hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes.
  2. Small-scale CFD models for flow-vegetation interactions and sediment transport.
  3. Derive and implement improved parameterization of sub-grid processes in largescale eco-geomorphic models.
  4. Investigate the effectiveness of potential thin-layer placement solutions.


Point of Contact

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida

Research Physical Scientist, ERDC-CHL


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