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Hydrogeomorphic classification for Great Lakes coastal wetlands

Journal of Great Lakes Research

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Abstract

A hydrogeomorphic classification scheme for Great Lakes coastal wetlands is presented. The classification is hierarchical and first divides the wetlands into three broad hydrogeomorphic systems, lacustrine, riverine, and barrier-protected, each with unique hydrologic flow characteristics and residence time. These systems are further subdivided into finer geomorphic types based on physical features and shoreline processes. Each hydrogeomorphic wetland type has associated plant and animal communities and specific physical attributes related to sediment type, wave energy, water quality, and hydrology.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Hydrogeomorphic classification for Great Lakes coastal wetlands
Series title:
Journal of Great Lakes Research
Volume
31
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Great Lakes Science Center
Description:
p. 129-146
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
129
Last page:
146
Number of Pages:
17