Estuaries are highly productive ecosystems with dynamic physical, chemical, and biological properties where rivers meet the ocean or large freshwater seas.
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) comprises a network of 29 reserves totaling more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 22 states and Puerto Rico to conduct long-term research, water-quality monitoring, education, and stewardship.
The U-M Water Center is coordinating the NERRS Science Collaborative, which supports collaborative research that addresses coastal management problems important to the reserves. This includes research, assessment, and transfer activities that address critical coastal management issues identified by the NERRS in order to improve the long-term stewardship of the nation’s estuaries. The Science Collaborative is managed by the University of Michigan’s Water Center through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA supports the research reserves and the Science Collaborative Program.