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Barriers to and opportunities for landward migration of coastal wetlands with sea-level rise

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

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https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1282

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Abstract

In the 21st century, accelerated sea-level rise and continued coastal development are expected to greatly alter coastal landscapes across the globe. Historically, many coastal ecosystems have responded to sea-level fluctuations via horizontal and vertical movement on the landscape. However, anthropogenic activities, including urbanization and the construction of flood-prevention infrastructure, can produce barriers that impede ecosystem migration. Here we show where tidal saline wetlands have the potential to migrate landward along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast, one of the most sea-level rise sensitive and wetland-rich regions of the world. Our findings can be used to identify migration corridors and develop sea-level rise adaptation strategies to help ensure the continued availability of wetland-associated ecosystem goods and services.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Barriers to and opportunities for landward migration of coastal wetlands with sea-level rise
Series title:
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
DOI:
10.1002/fee.1282
Volume:
14
Issue:
6
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s):
Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description:
10 p.
First page:
307
Last page:
316
Country:
United States
State:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas
Other Geospatial:
Gulf of Mexico
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N