How mangrove forests adjust to rising sea level

Krauss, Ken W., McKee, Karen L., Lovelock, Catherine E., Cahoon, Donald R., Saintilan. Neil, Reef, Ruth and Chen, Luzhen (2014) How mangrove forests adjust to rising sea level. New Phytologist, 202 1: 19-34. doi:10.1111/nph.12605

Author Krauss, Ken W.
McKee, Karen L.
Lovelock, Catherine E.
Cahoon, Donald R.
Saintilan. Neil
Reef, Ruth
Chen, Luzhen
Title How mangrove forests adjust to rising sea level
Journal name New Phytologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-8137
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/nph.12605
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 202
Issue 1
Start page 19
End page 34
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Mangroves are among the most well described and widely studied wetland communities in the world. The greatest threats to mangrove persistence are deforestation and other anthropogenic disturbances that can compromise habitat stability and resilience to sea-level rise. To persist, mangrove ecosystems must adjust to rising sea level by building vertically or become submerged. Mangroves may directly or indirectly influence soil accretion processes through the production and accumulation of organic matter, as well as the trapping and retention of mineral sediment. In this review, we provide a general overview of research on mangrove elevation dynamics, emphasizing the role of the vegetation in maintaining soil surface elevations (i.e. position of the soil surface in the vertical plane). We summarize the primary ways in which mangroves may influence sediment accretion and vertical land development, for example, through root contributions to soil volume and upward expansion of the soil surface. We also examine how hydrological, geomorphological and climatic processes may interact with plant processes to influence mangrove capacity to keep pace with rising sea level.Wedraw on a variety of studies to describe the important, and often under-appreciated, role that plants play in shaping the trajectory of an ecosystem undergoing change.
Keyword Accretion
Environmental drivers
Litter and debris fall
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DE120101706
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 19 November 2013

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