COMPASS will help dramatically enhance predictive understanding of coastal systems, including their response to short- and long-term changes.
The project comprises two parts: a field study and a coastal modeling study. COMPASS-FME focuses on field studies and associated process and ecosystem modeling of two coastal interfaces. COMPASS-GLM focuses on modeling and analysis of coastal systems in the Great Lakes Region.
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The two-year COMPASS-FME pilot study aims to develop predictive understanding of the causes, mechanisms, and consequences of the shift between aerobic and anaerobic conditions at both saltwater and freshwater terrestrial-aquatic interfaces (TAIs).
The two-year COMPASS-GLM pilot study aims to enhance predictive understanding of freshwater coastal systems, especially how they respond to climate warming, Land Use Land Cover Change (LULCC), and other perturbations at watershed-to-regional scales. This includes local climate and weather feedbacks that affect wintertime lake effect snows and summertime convective storms.