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On the relationship between sea level and <i>Spartina alterniflora</i> production

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On the relationship between sea level and <i>Spartina alterniflora</i> production; 2012; Article; Journal; Ecosystems; Kirwan, Matthew L.; Christian, Robert R.; Blum, Linda K.; Brinson, Mark M.

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A positive relationship between interannual sea level and plant growth is thought to stabilize many coastal landforms responding to accelerating rates of sea level rise. Numerical models of delta growth, tidal channel network evolution, and ecosystem resilience incorporate a hump-shaped relationship between inundation and plant primary production, where vegetation growth increases with sea level up to an optimum water depth or inundation frequency. In contrast, we use decade-long measurements of Spartina alterniflora biomass in seven coastal Virginia (USA) marshes to demonstrate that interannual sea level is rarely a primary determinant of vegetation growth. Although we find tepid support for a hump-shaped relationship between aboveground [...]

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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.1007/s10021-011-9498-7
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journalEcosystems
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valueAmsterdam, Netherlands
languageEnglish
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