Wetlands Working Group

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Wetlands provide a diverse range of both direct and indirect benefits to humanity, including ground water recharge, the removal of excess nutrients from surface waters, and the sequestration and storage of atmospheric carbon. With growing pressures upon these unique systems, it is vital to understand the functioning of intact wetlands and the interactions between their various biotic and abiotic components. In this context, tropical wetlands remain poorly understood. The Wetland Working Group within the Soils Laboratory of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute provides a platform to support multidisciplinary research in the wetlands of Panama.