Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Decomposition of plant litter in Pacific coast tidal marshes, 2014-2015

February 6, 2017

Decomposition of plant matter is one of the key processes affecting carbon cycling and storage in tidal wetlands. In this study, we evaluated the effects of factors related to climate change (temperature, inundation) and vegetation composition on rates of litter decay in seven tidal marsh sites along the Pacific coast. In 2014 we conducted manipulative experiments to test inundation effects on litter decay at Siletz Bay, OR and Petaluma marsh, CA. In 2015 we studied decay of litter in high and low elevation marshes at seven Pacific coast sites.
These data support the following publication: Janousek, C.N., Buffington, K.J., Guntenspergen, G.R. et al. Ecosystems (2017). doi:10.1007/s10021-017-0111-6. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10021-017-0111-6

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Decomposition of plant litter in Pacific coast tidal marshes, 2014-2015
DOI 10.5066/F70P0X6C
Authors Glenn R. Guntenspergen, Christopher N Janousek, K.M. Thorne, Kevin J Buffington, John Takekawa, Bruce D. Dugger
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center