Stress in mangrove forests: early detection and preemptive rehabilitation are essential for future successful worldwide mangrove forest management

Marine Pollution Bulletin
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Abstract

Mangrove forest rehabilitation should begin much sooner than at the point of catastrophic loss. We describe the need for “mangrove forest heart attack prevention”, and how that might be accomplished in a general sense by embedding plot and remote sensing monitoring within coastal management plans. The major cause of mangrove stress at many sites globally is often linked to reduced tidal flows and exchanges. Blocked water flows can reduce flushing not only from the seaward side, but also result in higher salinity and reduced sediments when flows are blocked landward. Long-term degradation of function leads to acute mortality prompted by acute events, but created by a systematic propensity for long-term neglect of mangroves. Often, mangroves are lost within a few years; however, vulnerability is re-set decades earlier when seemingly innocuous hydrological modifications are made (e.g., road construction, blocked tidal channels), but which remain undetected without reasonable large-scale monitoring.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Stress in mangrove forests: early detection and preemptive rehabilitation are essential for future successful worldwide mangrove forest management
Series title Marine Pollution Bulletin
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.03.006
Volume 109
Issue 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Publisher location Amsterdam
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Marine Pollution Bulletin
First page 764
Last page 771
Other Geospatial Worldwide
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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