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Barriers to and opportunities for landward migration of coastal wetlands with sea-level rise

August 3, 2016

In the 21st century, accelerated sea-level rise and continued coastal development are expected to greatly alter coastal landscapes across the globe. Historically, many coastal ecosystems have responded to sea-level fluctuations via horizontal and vertical movement on the landscape. However, anthropogenic activities, including urbanization and the construction of flood-prevention infrastructure, can produce barriers that impede ecosystem migration. Here we show where tidal saline wetlands have the potential to migrate landward along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast, one of the most sea-level rise sensitive and wetland-rich regions of the world. Our findings can be used to identify migration corridors and develop sea-level rise adaptation strategies to help ensure the continued availability of wetland-associated ecosystem goods and services.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title Barriers to and opportunities for landward migration of coastal wetlands with sea-level rise
DOI 10.1002/fee.1282
Authors Nicholas M. Enwright, Kereen T. Griffith, Michael J. Osland
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Series Number
Index ID 70175253
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center