reference : Overestimation of marsh vulnerability to sea level rise

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Abstract Coastal marshes are considered to be among the most valuable and vulnerable ecosystems on Earth, where the imminent loss of ecosystem services is a feared consequence of sea level rise. However, we show with a meta-analysis that global measurements of marsh elevation change indicate that marshes are generally building at rates similar to or exceeding historical sea level rise, and that process-based models predict survival under a wide range of future sea level scenarios. We argue that marsh vulnerability tends to be overstated because assessment methods often fail to consider biophysical feedback processes known to accelerate soil building with sea level rise, and the potential for marshes to migrate inland.
Author Kirwan, Matthew L.; Temmerman, Stijn; Skeehan, Emily E.; Guntenspergen, Glenn R.; Fagherazzi, Sergio
DOI 10.1038/nclimate2909
Date 03//print
ISSN 1758-678X
Issue 3
Journal Nature Climate Change
Pages 253-260
Publisher Nature Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited. All Rights Reserved.
Title Overestimation of marsh vulnerability to sea level rise
Type of Article Perspective
Volume 6
Year 2016
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