Coastal Wetlands

An Integrated Ecosystem Approach

Edited by

  • Gerardo Perillo, Instituto Argentino de Oceanografia, Bahia Blanca, Argentina
  • Eric Wolanski, James Cook University & Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • Donald Cahoon, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, US Geological Survey, Beltsville, MD, USA
  • Mark Brinson, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Coastal wetlands are under a great deal of pressure from the dual forces of rising sea level and the intervention of human populations both along the estuary and in the river catchment. Direct impacts include the destruction or degradation of wetlands from land reclamation and infrastructures. Indirect impacts derive from the discharge of pollutants, changes in river flows and sediment supplies, land clearing, and dam operations. As sea level rises, coastal wetlands in most areas of the world migrate landward to occupy former uplands. The competition of these lands from human development is intensifying, making the landward migration impossible in many cases. This book provides an understanding of the functioning of coastal ecosystems and the ecological services that they provide, and suggestions for their management. In this book a CD is included containing color figures of wetlands and estuaries in different parts of the world.
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students, engineers, scientists, researchers on coastal environments, and resource managers with special interest in coastal wetland ecosystems.


Book information

  • Published: February 2009
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53103-2

Table of Contents

COASTAL WETLANDS: AN INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM APPROACHPrefaceChapter 1.- Eric Wolanski, Mark M. Brinson, Donald R. Cahoon, Gerardo M. E. Perillo Coastal wetlands: A synthesisSection I. Coastal Wetlands as EcosystemsChapter 2.- Colin D. Woodroffe, Gareth Davies The morphology and development of tropical coastal wetlandsChapter 3.- Paula Pratolongo, Jason Kirby, Andrew Plater, Mark M. Brinson Temperate coastal wetlands: morphology, sediment processes, and plant communitiesChapter 4.- I. Peter Martini, Robert L. Jefferies, R. I. Guy Morrison, Kenneth F. Abraham Polar coastal wetlands: development, structure and landuseSection II. Physical ProcessesChapter 5.- Andrea D'Alpaos, Stefano Lanzoni, Andrea Rinaldo, Marco Mariani Intertidal eco-geomorphological dynamics and hydrodynamic circulationChapter 6.- Gerardo M. E. Perillo Tidal courses: classification, origin and functionalityChapter 7.- M. Cintia Piccolo Heat energy balance in coastal wetlandsChapter 8.- Yoshihiro Mazda, Eric Wolanski Hydrodynamics and modeling of water flow in mangrove areas Chapter 9.- Luigi D'Alpaos, Luca Carniello, Andrea DefinaMathematical modeling of tidal flow over saltmarshes and tidal flats with applications to the Venice LagoonSection III. Tidal FlatsChapter 10.- Shu Gao Geomorphology and sedimentology of tidal flatsChapter 11.- David Paterson, Rebeca J. Aspden, Kevin S. BlackIntertidal flats: Ecosystem functioning of soft sediment systemsChapter 12.- Samantha B. Joye, Dirk de Beer, Perran L. M. Cook Biogeochemical dynamics of coastal tidal flatsSection IV. Marshes and SeagrassesChapter 13.- Marianne Holmer Productivity and biogeochemical cycling in seagrass ecosystemsChapter 14.- John R.L. Allen Tidal salt marshes: geomorphology and sedimentologyChapter 15.- Jenneke Visser, Donald M. Baltz Ecosystem structure of tidal saline marshesChapter 16.- Craig Tobias, Scott NeubauerSalt marsh biogeochemistry – an overviewChapter 17.- Laurence A. Boorman The role of freshwater flows on salt marsh growth and developmentChapter 18.- Dennis Whigham, Andrew H. Baldwin, Aat Barendregt Tidal freshwater wetlandsChapter 19.- J. Patrick Megonigal, Scott C. Neubauer Biogeochemistry of tidal freshwater wetlandsSection V. MangrovesChapter 20.- Joanna C. Ellison Geomorphology and sedimentology of mangrovesChapter 21.- Rubén, J. Lara, Claudio F. Szlafsztein, Marcelo C.L. Cohen, Julian Oxmann, Bettina B. Schmitt, Pedro.W.M. Souza FilhoGeomorphology and sedimentology of mangroves and salt marshes: the formation of geobotanical units Chapter 22.- Daniel M. Alongi Paradigm shifts in mangrove biologyChapter 23.- Robert R. Twilley, Victor Rivera-Monroy Nutrient biogeochemistry of mangrove wetlandsSection VI. Coastal Wetland Restoration and Management Chapter 24.- Eric I. Paling, Mark Fonseca, Marieke van Katwijk, Mike van Keulen Seagrass restorationChapter 25.- Stephen Broome, Christopher B. Craft Tidal marsh creationChapter 26.- Paul Adam Salt marsh restorationChapter 27.- Angus Garbutt, Laurence A. Boorman Managed realignment: recreating inter-tidal habitats on formerly reclaimed landChapter 28.- Roy R. Lewis IIIMethods and criteria for successful mangrove forest restorationChapter 29.- Andrew H. Baldwin, Richard S. Hammerschlag, Donald R. CahoonRestoration of tidal freshwater wetlands: Ecosystem characteristics and environmental constraintsSection VII. Coastal Wetland Sustainability and Landscape DynamicsChapter 30.- John Rybczyk, John Callaway Surface elevation models Chapter 31.-Neil Saintilan, Kerrylee Rogers, Karen McKee Salt marsh - mangrove interactionsChapter 32.- Enrique Reyes Spatially-explicit dynamic wetland modelingSubject IndexGeographic IndexTaxonomic Index