Coastal Wetlands

Coastal Wetlands

An Integrated Ecosystem Approach

1st Edition - January 18, 2009

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  • Editors: Gerardo Perillo, Eric Wolanski, Donald Cahoon, Mark Brinson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932132

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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.

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* 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 974
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2009
  • Published: January 18, 2009
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932132

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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