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Dr Iris Moeller

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Research Interests

Globally, populations in low elevation coastal zones are growing at unprecedented rates, while the value of coastal ecosystems to society is increasingly recognised. Dr Möller’s research addresses the pressing questions relating to the increased human use of coastal areas and the conflict that arises when sea level rise and other physical drivers (such as reductions in sediment supply and/or land management practices) put coastal wetlands at risk of degradation and loss.  She is particularly interested in the use of technological advances in field data logging and remote sensing to achieve scientifically informed coastal monitoring, knowledge production, and policy guidance.

Other Professional Activities

  • Using remote sensing to acquire information on coastal wetland habitats for the purpose of ecosystem service assessment and nature-based coastal protection: Foreshore Assessment using Space Technology (FAST). See
  • Valuing the contribution which COASTal habitats make to human health and WEllBeing, with a focus on the alleviation of natural hazards. See:  
  • Experiment in the true-to-scale wave flume (‘Grosser Wellen-Kanal’, GWK, Hannover, Germany) providing evidence for the efficiency with which coastal salt marsh vegetation contributes to wave dissipation during storm surges and the stability of salt marsh surfaces in response to storm surges:

Key Publications

Rupprecht, F, Möller, I, Paul, M, Kudella, M, Spencer, T, van Wesenbeeck, B Wolterse, KG, Jensen, K, Bouma,TJ, Miranda-Lange, M, Schimmels, S 2017. Vegetation-wave interactions in salt marshes under storm surge conditions. Ecological Engineering, 100, 301–315.

Reef, R, Spencer, T, Mӧller, I, Lovelock, CE, Christie, EK, McIvor, AL, Evans, BR, and Tempest, JA, 2016. The effects of elevated CO2 and eutrophication on surface elevation gain in a European Saltmarsh. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13396

Brooks SM, Spencer T, McIvor A. and Möller I 2016 Reconstructing and understanding the impacts of storms and surges, southern North Sea. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41(6), 855-864 [doi: 10.1002/esp.3905]

Spencer T, Möller I, Rupprecht F, Bouma TJ, van Wesenbeeck BK, Kudella M, Paul M, Jensen K, Wolters G, Miranda-Lange M, Schimmels S 2015 Salt marsh surface survives true-to-scale simulated storm surges. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms [doi: 10.1002/esp.3867]

F. Rupprecht, I. Möller, B. Evans, T. Spencer, K. Jensen 2015. Biophysical properties of salt marsh canopies - Quantifying plant stem flexibility and above ground biomass. Coastal Engineering, 100, 48-57. [doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2015.03.009].

Tempest JA, Möller I, Spencer T 2015 A review of plant-flow interactions on salt marshes; the importance of vegetation structure and plant mechanical characteristics. WIREs Water 2015 2: 669-681 [doi: 10.1002/wat2.1103]

Kudella, M., Rupprecht, F., Spencer, T., Paul, M., van Wesenbeeck, B.K., Wolters, G., Jensen, K., Bouma, T.J., Miranda-Lange, M., Schimmels, S. 2014. Wave attenuation over coastal salt marshes under storm surge conditions. Nature Geoscience, 7, 727–731. [doi:10.1038/ngeo2251]

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