Studies of tidal freshwater forested wetlands are few in contrast to the diversity of conditions and information needs that exist for this ecosystem type. Basic information is lacking on the physiological ecology of major wetland tree species under natural settings, the structure and dynamics of pure and mixed species communities, soil-plant interactions, biogeochemistry, hydrology, soils, wildlife habitat, primary biotic and abiotic functions, and the response of these systems to natural and human-caused disruptions. Existing information is often not in a form that can be applied to ecosystem problems, especially those related to management, restoration, or creation of tidal swamps. Accordingly, there is a critical need for research on fundamental biotic and abiotic processes and functions in tidal forested wetland landscapes on a local and regional scale. In this chapter, we detail those research needs, and we highlight some restoration ideas for tidal freshwater forested wetlands with the hope that much additional research will follow.
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|Publication type||Book chapter|
|Publication Subtype||Book Chapter|
|Title||Tidal freshwater forested wetlands: Future research needs and an overview of restoration: Chapter 17|
|Larger Work Type||Book|
|Larger Work Subtype||Monograph|
|Larger Work Title||Ecology of tidal freshwater forested wetlands of the southeastern United States|