Climate Change and Great Lakes Wetlands

Wetlands provide more value to humans and nature alike per unit area than any other part of our landscape. They control floods, clean up water polluted by fertilizers and other contaminants, and serve as the best carbon sequestration ecosystems on the planet.

Studies by Dr. William Mitsch and his students at Ohio State’s Olentangy River Wetland Research Park over the past 20 years, as well as his studies at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve in Ohio, the Florida Everglades, the Louisiana Delta, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and all over the world have illustrated the “how” of wetlands providing important ecosystem services, including those to mitigate climate change. Recent studies have illustrated that methane emissions from most wetlands do not matter because of their ability to sequester carbon at much higher rates.

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William Mitsch

William Mitsch

William J. Mitsch is a Distinguished Professor within the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. His research and teaching over his 37-year career have focused on wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, wetland creation and restoration, ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration and modeling. He has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and has edited or co-authored 17 books including 4 editions of the popular textbook Wetlands and two versions of Ecological Engineering. He founded the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park on OSU’s campus in 1991 and continues to be its Director. In August 2004 he was awarded the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize for lifetime achievements in the modeling, management, and conservation of lakes and wetlands.

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