The Ecogeomorphology of Tidal Marshes

The Ecogeomorphology of Tidal Marshes

Editor(s): Sergio Fagherazzi, Marco Marani, Linda K. Blum

Published Online: 14 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875902739

Online ISBN: 9781118665114

DOI: 10.1029/CE059

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Volume 59.

Salt marshes are coastal wetlands frequently inundated by tides. Given their peculiar characteristics, salt marshes are colonized by salt-tolerant communities of plants (halophytes) adapted to saturated soil conditions. Vegetation has an important role not only in marsh ecology, but also for the hydrology and geomorphology of these environments. For example, the feedback between marsh elevation and vegetation is fundamental for the survival of salt marshes, particularly when endangered by climate change and sea-level rise. On the other hand, the morphology of salt marshes and the processes that form this peculiar landscape have a strong impact on the ecosystem's function and structure.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 5

      Tidal Networks: form and Function (pages 75–91)

      Andrea Rinaldo, Enrica Belluco, Andrea D'Alpaos, Alessandra Feola, Stefano Lanzoni and Marco Marani

    3. Chapter 6

      Effects of Low Tide Rainfall on Intertidal Zone Material Cycling (pages 93–114)

      Raymond Torres, Miguel A. Goñi,, George Voulgaris, Charles R. Lovell and James T. Morris

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