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Coastal Wetlands - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444531032, 9780080932132

Coastal Wetlands

1st Edition

An Integrated Ecosystem Approach

Editors: Gerardo Perillo Eric Wolanski Donald Cahoon Mark Brinson
eBook ISBN: 9780080932132
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 3rd February 2009
Page Count: 974
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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.

Key Features

  • Includes a CD containing color figures of wetlands and estuaries in different parts of the world.


students, engineers, scientists, researchers on coastal environments, and resource managers with special interest in coastal wetland ecosystems.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1.- Eric Wolanski, Mark M. Brinson, Donald R. Cahoon, Gerardo M. E. Perillo Coastal wetlands: A synthesis

Section I. Coastal Wetlands as Ecosystems Chapter 2.- Colin D. Woodroffe, Gareth Davies The morphology and development of tropical coastal wetlands Chapter 3.- Paula Pratolongo, Jason Kirby, Andrew Plater, Mark M. Brinson Temperate coastal wetlands: morphology, sediment processes, and plant communities Chapter 4.- I. Peter Martini, Robert L. Jefferies, R. I. Guy Morrison, Kenneth F. Abraham Polar coastal wetlands: development, structure and landuse

Section II. Physical Processes Chapter 5.- Andrea D'Alpaos, Stefano Lanzoni, Andrea Rinaldo, Marco Mariani Intertidal eco-geomorphological dynamics and hydrodynamic circulation Chapter 6.- Gerardo M. E. Perillo Tidal courses: classification, origin and functionality Chapter 7.- M. Cintia Piccolo Heat energy balance in coastal wetlands Chapter 8.- Yoshihiro Mazda, Eric Wolanski Hydrodynamics and modeling of water flow in mangrove areas Chapter 9.- Luigi D'Alpaos, Luca Carniello, Andrea Defina Mathematical modeling of tidal flow over saltmarshes and tidal flats with applications to the Venice Lagoon

Section III. Tidal Flats Chapter 10.- Shu Gao Geomorphology and sedimentology of tidal flats Chapter 11.- David Paterson, Rebeca J. Aspden, Kevin S. Black Intertidal flats: Ecosystem functioning of soft sediment systems Chapter 12.- Samantha B. Joye, Dirk de Beer, Perran L. M. Cook Biogeochemical dynamics of coastal tidal flats

Section IV. Marshes and Seagrasses Chapter 13.- Marianne Holmer Productivity and biogeochemical cycling in seagrass ecosystems Chapter 14.- John R.L. Allen Tidal salt marshes: geomorphology and sedimentology Chapter 15.- Jenneke Visser, Donald M. Baltz
Ecosystem structure of tidal saline marshes Chapter 16.- Craig Tobias, Scott Neubauer

Salt marsh biogeochemistry – an overview Chapter 17.- Laurence A. Boorman The role of freshwater flows on salt marsh growth and development Chapter 18.- Dennis Whigham, Andrew H. Baldwin, Aat Barendregt Tidal freshwater wetlands Chapter 19.- J. Patrick Megonigal, Scott C. Neubauer Biogeochemistry of tidal freshwater wetlands

Section V. Mangroves Chapter 20.- Joanna C. Ellison Geomorphology and sedimentology of mangroves Chapter 21.- Rubén, J. Lara, Claudio F. Szlafsztein, Marcelo C.L. Cohen, Julian Oxmann, Bettina B. Schmitt, Pedro.W.M. Souza Filho Geomorphology and sedimentology of mangroves and salt marshes: the formation of geobotanical units Chapter 22.- Daniel M. Alongi Paradigm shifts in mangrove biology Chapter 23.- Robert R. Twilley, Victor Rivera-Monroy Nutrient biogeochemistry of mangrove wetlands

Section VI. Coastal Wetland Restoration and Management Chapter 24.- Eric I. Paling, Mark Fonseca, Marieke van Katwijk, Mike van Keulen Seagrass restoration Chapter 25.- Stephen Broome, Christopher B. Craft Tidal marsh creation Chapter 26.- Paul Adam Salt marsh restoration Chapter 27.- Angus Garbutt, Laurence A. Boorman Managed realignment: recreating inter-tidal habitats on formerly reclaimed land Chapter 28.- Roy R. Lewis III Methods and criteria for successful mangrove forest restoration Chapter 29.- Andrew H. Baldwin, Richard S. Hammerschlag, Donald R. Cahoon Restoration of tidal freshwater wetlands: Ecosystem characteristics and environmental constraints

Section VII. Coastal Wetland Sustainability and Landscape Dynamics Chapter 30.- John Rybczyk, John Callaway Surface elevation models Chapter 31.-Neil Saintilan, Kerrylee Rogers, Karen McKee Salt marsh - mangrove interactions Chapter 32.- Enrique Reyes Spatially-explicit dynamic wetland modeling

Subject Index Geographic Index Taxonomic Index


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About the Editors

Gerardo Perillo

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto Argentino de Oceanografia, Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Eric Wolanski

Eric Wolanski

Professor Eric Wolanski is an estuarine oceanographer at James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. His research interests range from the oceanography of coral reefs, mangroves, and muddy estuaries, to the interaction between physical and biological processes determining ecosystem health in tropical waters. He has 370 publications and reports. Eric is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institution of Engineers Australia (ret.), and l’Acade´mie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer. He was awarded an Australian Centenary medal, a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Catholic University of Louvain and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association. Eric is an editor-in-chief of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Wetlands Ecology and Management, and the Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science.

Eric is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Coastal Research, Journal of Marine Systems, Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, and Continental Shelf Research. He is a member of the Scientific and Policy Committee of the Japan-based International Center for Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas, a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a member of the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council.

Affiliations and Expertise

James Cook University & Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Donald Cahoon

Affiliations and Expertise

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, US Geological Survey, Beltsville, MD, USA

Mark Brinson

Affiliations and Expertise

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

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