Final Project Memorandum: Ecological implications of mangrove forest migration in the southeastern U.S.

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Abstract

Winter climate change has the potential to have a large impact on coastal wetlands in the southeastern United States. Warmer winter temperatures and reductions in the intensity of freeze events would likely lead to mangrove forest range expansion and salt marsh displacement in parts of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast. The objective of this research was to better evaluate the ecological implications of mangrove forest migration and salt marsh displacement. The potential ecological impacts of mangrove migration are diverse ranging from important biotic impacts (e.g., coastal fisheries, land bird migration; colonial-nesting wading birds) to ecosystem stability (e.g., response to sea level rise and drought; habitat loss; coastal protection) to biogeochemical processes (e.g., carbon storage; water quality). This research specifically investigated the impact of mangrove forest migration on coastal wetland soil processes and the consequent implications for coastal wetland responses to sea level rise and carbon storage.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Final Project Memorandum: Ecological implications of mangrove forest migration in the southeastern U.S.
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Department of Interior Southeast Climate Science Center
Publisher location Raleigh, NC
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center
Description 14 p.