University of Texas, Austin
Marine Science Institute
Ken Dunton is project director for the Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems Long term Ecological Research (LTER) Program. The researchers within the program are using various methods to track and understand 1) how natural climate cycles influence coastal ecosystems in the Arctic, and 2) how climate change impacts alter coastal ecosystems. Lagoon ecosystems are at the land-sea interface, the zone where the land and ocean meet. Changes within these key environments can impact various aspects of life for the people that depend on them.