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Environmental disturbances and restoration of salt marshes

March 22, 2024

Salt and brackish marshes (hereafter salt marshes) are the dominant coastal wetland in temperate and boreal intertidal settings. Human-enhanced disturbances threaten their persistence and functionality, with consequences to many ecosystem services. Restoration potentials are very site specific, varying by degree of disturbance and target goals. Global changes in climate and land-use will continue to impact salt marsh extent and function, requiring a portfolio of responses. While local responses may achieve limited target goals for salt marsh functions, preservation of current tidal wetlands and their inland migration corridors is the most viable option for maintaining a full suite of salt marsh ecosystem services, globally.

Publication Year 2024
Title Environmental disturbances and restoration of salt marshes
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-323-90798-9.00095-0
Authors Judith Weis, Lisamarie Windham-Myers
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70248795
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization WMA - Earth System Processes Division