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Local and landscape-scale data describing patterns of coastal wetland loss in the Texas Chenier Plain, U.S.A.

September 23, 2019

We characterized coastal wetland responses to flooding stress by measuring vegetation cover, wetland elevation and water elevation in healthy and degrading wetlands dominated by Spartina patens. Wetland elevation was measured using real-time kinematic survey methods. Vegetation cover was determined by visual estimation methods, and water elevation was measured using in situ continuous recorders. In addition to these local-scale responses, we also measured landscape-scale patterns of land and water aggregation or fragmentation using remotely sensed data (Jones et al., 2018).

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Jones, W.R., Hartley, S.B., Stagg, C.L., and Osland, M.J. 2018. Land-water classification for selected sites in McFaddin NWR and J.D. Murphree WMA: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7736Q51.