The redistribution of Coomera River estuary mangrove zones under rising sea levels: the capacity for landward migration

Brander, Kathleen (2010) The redistribution of Coomera River estuary mangrove zones under rising sea levels: the capacity for landward migration. GEOView: Online Undergraduate Review of Geography and Environmental Studies, x 1-20.

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Author Brander, Kathleen
Title The redistribution of Coomera River estuary mangrove zones under rising sea levels: the capacity for landward migration
Journal name GEOView: Online Undergraduate Review of Geography and Environmental Studies
ISSN 1448-6482
Publication date 2010-05-18
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume x
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Editor Edoardo Rosso
Place of publication Adelaide
Publisher Institute of Australian Geographers
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract The geographical setting of the Coomera River estuary puts its mangrove communities at high risk from climate change. This study aimed to assess the impact of sea level rise on the overall coverage of mangroves within the Coomera River estuary, and to evaluate whether there will be sufficient space for landward migration to compensate for mangrove areas lost through inundation. Using geographical information systems, it was found that a minimum net reduction of 15 per cent of present-day mangrove coverage is likely by the end of the century. It will therefore be of vital importance to restrict any further developments within future mangrove zones, as this would result in even greater losses in the total area of mangrove habitat.
Keyword Climate change
Sea level rise
Mangrove communities
Landward migration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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