COMPASS will help dramatically enhance predictive understanding of coastal systems, including their response to short- and long-term changes.
COMPASS-FME seeks to advance a scalable, predictive understanding of the fundamental biogeochemical processes, ecological structure, and ecosystem dynamics that distinguish coastal terrestrial-aquatic interfaces (TAIs) from the purely terrestrial or aquatic systems to which they are coupled.
To achieve the COMPASS vision, FME will focus on overarching long-term science questions:
- What fundamental mechanisms control the structure, function, and evolution of coastal TAIs?
- How do these fundamental mechanisms interact across spatial scales, and what interactions are most important to improving predictive models?
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 TAIs.