Mangroves and seagrasses

Duke, N.C., and Larkum, A.W.D. (2019) Mangroves and seagrasses. In: Hutchings, Pat, Kingsford, Michael, and Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove, (eds.) The Great Barrier Reef: biology, environment and management. CSIRO, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 219-228.

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Sandwiched between two of the world’s iconic tropical ecosystems of coral reefs and rainforests, are two important coastal communities: mangroves and seagrasses. While corals flourish in shallow warm seas, and rainforests cover wetter upland regions, all are dependent on this unique association. Mangroves inhabit the sheltered intertidal margin part barely above mean sea level. Seagrasses occupy depths from intertidal to deeper habitats, depending on the clarity of the water column. Like coral reefs, each of these biota-structured ecosystems play an important role in coastal processes with highly developed linkages and connectivity between and among them. These relationships are vital to the survival of each. For example, while sediment-loving mangroves depend on shorelines sheltered by coral reef structures, they in turn protect sediment-sensitive corals from receiving unwanted materials flushed downstream from surrounding land catchments.

Item ID: 56935
Item Type: Book Chapter (Later Edition)
ISBN: 978-1-4863-0819-4
Keywords: mangroves; seagrass; GBR; Great Barrier Reef; Queensland; Australia
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 00:22
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 25%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 40%
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