On May 7, 2019, the CBSSC, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves in Virginia and Maryland, presented a “SET 101” introductory webinar to review why we use Surface Elevation Tables (SET) to monitor marsh elevation change, and how to install, measure, and use SET data. 

Watch the webinar! 

Review the presentation

Visit our source material

The surface elevation table and marker horizon technique: A protocol for monitoring wetland elevation dynamics by James C. Lynch, Philippe Hensel, and Donald R. Cahoon

Check out an instructional video by Ron Lopez from the Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center’s SET installation

Use this handy checklist for SET Installation from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 5. This is an informal Standard Operating Procedure and not an official FWS protocol, but it does include safety gear and provides a step-by-step photos for installation. It should be used as supplemental information and is not guaranteed to cover all aspects of SET installation and safety needs at a given site.