Coastal habitat squeeze: a review of adaptation solutions for saltmarsh, mangrove and beach habitats

Leo, Kelly L., Gillies, Chris L., Fitzsimons, James A., Hale, Lynne Z., and Beck, Michael W. (2019) Coastal habitat squeeze: a review of adaptation solutions for saltmarsh, mangrove and beach habitats. Ocean and Coastal Management, 175. pp. 180-190.

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Important intertidal coastal habitats – particularly mangroves, saltmarshes and beaches – are particularly threatened by the impacts of climate change-driven sea-level rise. Coastal development and coastal armoring present physical barriers for the natural inland migration of coastal habitats, and changes in hydrological connectivity reduce sediment inputs and the potential for vertical accretion. We identify mechanisms and enabling conditions to accommodate migration of these habitats in Australia and the United States. A range of financial, policy, planning and on-the-ground management tools in both countries that already exist, often for a different purpose, can be implemented or modified to also enable inland habitat migration. Awareness of approaches/solutions can assist land managers and policy makers to accommodate migration of habitats as a necessary component of coastal management in an era of increasing rates of sea level rise.

Item ID: 61811
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-524X
Keywords: coastal ecosystems, coastal planning, coastal policy, habitat migration, sea level rise
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
Funders: The Nature Conservancy, Thomas Foundation
Date Deposited: 20 May 2020 23:31
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 100%
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