Canada's Dykeland can be classified as a salt marsh converted to agricultural land through dyking and draining with aboiteaux. A particular problem area is the Dykeland located in hypertidal Bay of Fundy.
PAST WORK WE CAN BUILD ON
e.g. North Onslow Dyke Realignment and Salt Marsh Restoration currently underway, but cost/benefit work only included direct costs; what if ES were included?
SAMPLE OF RELATED CURRENT/ONGOING PROJECTS
- DFO Coastal Restoration Fund (van Proosdij, PI), Making Space for Wetlands, doing salt marsh restoration through managed realignment and building a community of practice around it [$1.84M, 2017-2022]
- NRCan Climate Change Adaptation Fund (van Proosdij, PI, Sherren CI), Making Space for Movement, exploring social and planning implications of nature-based coastal adaptation [$460K, 2018-2020]
- Mitacs/DUC-funded PhD (Mallory, PI) on waterfowl use of coastal marshes seasonally and local landowner/hunter perspectives of change in human/animal use and future land uses [120K, 2018-2022]
- Intern working on understanding/mapping CES from Instagram from all 17,500 ha of NS dykelands (Sherren supervised)
- Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment (Walker, PI), Beneficial fungi in coastal wetland plants, MSc on salt marsh tidal mesocosm experiments to assess roles of beneficial Spartina root fungi for restoration [$80k 2016-2018]
- + related team member NSERC Discovery Grants