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Research Projects on North Carolina Wetlands

Scientists working for the North Carolina Division of Water Resources during the past 18 years have completed over 20 major research projects – gathering information about and benefiting North Carolina’s wetlands. Over 200 wetland sites have been studied, representing 11 different types of wetlands.

A wide range of parameters (e.g., water levels/hydrology, water chemistry, soil chemistry, plants, macroinvertebrates, amphibians, surrounding land use) have been measured depending on the research questions being addressed.

Project summaries and raw data downloads are below.

North Carolina Wetlands Research Raw Data (NC DWR)

Data have been collected from North Carolina wetlands by the NC Division of Water Resources (NC DWR, part of the NC Department of Environmental Quality) since 2004. Included in these data tables are data collected by North Carolina State University from 2015-2018 on some of the same sites sampled by NC DWR.

Over 200 wetland sites have been sampled, but the information collected at each site varied depending on the purpose of the research project. Water quality, water level (hydrology), soil, plant, macroinvertebrate, and amphibian data have been collected at multiple sites. Downloadable excel files of data are provided below. (Please check back as more data tables will be added as compilation of the data is completed.)