From ghost forests to sinking farmland, coastal salt marshes are rapidly shifting as the oceans rise. The Local Motives team, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveled to New Jersey and Maryland to understand the impact of sea-level rise. In the past, marshes migrated naturally in response to changes, but now those shifts are happening much more quickly and as marshes move inland, they run into human development and farm land. In addition to sea-level rise, storms like Hurricane Sandy also shape the marshes. Learn more in this video:

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A researcher looks over the water in a salt marsh
Jennifer Walker, a Post Doctoral Researcher at Rutgers University (when filmed), takes sediment core samples in a salt marsh on the coast of New Jersey. By studying biological and geological indicators, her research aims to improve understanding of past sea levels to better predict how sea-level rise into the future will affect coastal systems and coastal communities. (Photo: Courtesy of Cody Pfister)

Every few weeks, Yale Climate Connections will share a new video from Local Motives. This “On the Road” video web series showcases local perspectives on the challenges and solutions associated with climate change. It is the production of two friends, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveling across the 50 states seeking to establish an authentic conversation about the impacts of climate change.

Samantha Harrington, director of audience experience for Yale Climate Connections, is a journalist and graphic designer with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. Sam is especially interested...