Mangrove biogeomorphology under climate change

Authors: Li-Chih Hsu*, Binghamton University, SUNY
Topics: Coastal and Marine, Biogeography, Geomorphology
Keywords: mangroves, biogeomorphology, vegetation dynamics, climate change
Session Type: Paper
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Located in the intertidal zone in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, mangroves have been recognized as potentially strong indicators of coastal change, especially sea level change, which has been widely studied and discussed . Recently, mangroves have encroached into salt marshes from subtropical to temperate shorelines, approaching the mangroves’ poleward limits . Due to the sensitivity of mangroves to freezing and/or chilling stress that normally limits their latitudinal distribution, poleward mangrove encroachments into salt marshes at higher latitudes are indicators of climate change. This coastal regime shift has substantially impacted ecosystem structures, functions, and service provisions. This paper systematically reviews recent advancements in mangrove biogeomorphology under climate change and specifies knowledge gaps for future studies.

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