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Stress in mangrove forests: Early detection and preemptive rehabilitation are essential for future successful worldwide mangrove forest management

Lewis, Roy R., Milbrandt, Eric C., Brown, Benjamin, Krauss, Ken W., Rovai, Andre S., Beever, James W. and Flynn, Laura L. (2016). Stress in mangrove forests: Early detection and preemptive rehabilitation are essential for future successful worldwide mangrove forest management. Marine Pollution Bulletin,109(2):764-771.

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Title Stress in mangrove forests: Early detection and preemptive rehabilitation are essential for future successful worldwide mangrove forest management
Author Lewis, Roy R.
Milbrandt, Eric C.
Brown, Benjamin
Krauss, Ken W.
Rovai, Andre S.
Beever, James W.
Flynn, Laura L.
Journal Name Marine Pollution Bulletin
Publication Date 2016
Volume Number 109
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0025-326X   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84959908181
Start Page 764
End Page 771
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Field of Research ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Mangrove forest rehabilitation should begin much sooner than at the point of catastrophic loss. We describe the need for “mangrove forest heart attack prevention”, and how that might be accomplished in a general sense by embedding plot and remote sensing monitoring within coastal management plans. The major cause of mangrove stress at many sites globally is often linked to reduced tidal flows and exchanges. Blocked water flows can reduce flushing not only from the seaward side, but also result in higher salinity and reduced sediments when flows are blocked landward. Long-term degradation of function leads to acute mortality prompted by acute events, but created by a systematic propensity for long-term neglect of mangroves. Often, mangroves are lost within a few years; however, vulnerability is re-set decades earlier when seemingly innocuous hydrological modifications are made (e.g., road construction, blocked tidal channels), but which remain undetected without reasonable large-scale monitoring.
Keywords Early detection
Florida
Habitat degradation
Intertidal habitat
Restoration
Wetland forests
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.03.006   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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