Ecological resilience indicators for mangrove ecosystems

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Abstract

Mangrove ecosystems are coastal wetland ecosystems dominated by mangrove species that are typically found in the intertidal zone, characterized by frequently flooded saline soil conditions. The majority of the approximately 500,000 acres of mangrove ecosystem in the United States occurs in the NGoM, and almost all of that is in Florida, with over 90 percent in the four southern counties of Lee, Collier, Miami-Dade, and Monroe. Scattered stands and individuals occur north and westward into Louisiana and Texas (Osland et al., 2016). The three common mangrove species are: black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), and red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle). The mangrove system described in this project includes Tidal Mangrove Shrubland and Tidal Mangrove Forest as classified in CMECS (FGDC, 2012). It is classified as Caribbean Fringe Mangrove (G004) in the USNVC (2016), with a variety of distinct associations, based on species dominance and ecological setting.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Ecological resilience indicators for mangrove ecosystems
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher NatureServe
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 60 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Ecological Resilience Indicators for Five Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems
First page 91
Last page 150