Hudson River Wetland Nitrate, Vegetation and DO Data
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The Hudson River Estuary is home to tidal wetlands from the Troy Dam to Battery Park in New York City. Wetlands play a vital role in protecting habitats for fish and other wildlife, improving water quality, and creating a buffer for storm surges and floodwaters. Wetlands are subject to environmental changes, just like every other ecosystem, but the vital role they play in stabilizing other ecosystems make it very important to understand how they work and how they are affected by human impact.
Tidal wetlands play an additional role in recycling the chemicals and nutrients that all life requires in order to live. During tidal exchange (the ebb and flood of tides that exchanges old water for new), these wetlands alter their concentrations of particles as part of nutrient cycling.
There's a lot of other information available, so we recommend you look over the data files and this nitrogen reading.
Data provided for use:
Data Source: Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Data were published in Findlay & Fischer. 2013. Ecosystem attributes related to tidal wetland effects on water quality. Ecology, 94(1): 117-125.
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