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Mangroves marching northward: the impacts of rising seas and temperatures on ecosystems at Kennedy Space Center

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posted on 26.08.2019, 15:05 by Cheryl Doughty, J. Adam Langley, Wayne Walker, Ilka C. Feller, Ronald Schaub, Samantha Chapman
The climate change-induced expansion of mangroves into salt marshes could significantly alter the carbon (C) storage capacity of coastal wetlands, which have the highest average C storage per land area among unmanaged terrestrial ecosystems. Mangrove range expansion is occurring globally, but little is known about how these rapid climate-driven shifts may alter ecosystem C storage. Here, we quantify current C stocks in ecotonal wetlands across gradients of marsh- to mangrove-dominance, and use unique chronological maps of vegetation cover to estimate C Stock changes from 2003 to 2010 in a 567-km2 wildlife refuge in the mangrove-salt marsh ecotone. This data release is associated with the following publication in Estuaries and Coasts: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-015-9993-8.

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