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Surface elevation change (VLMw) and vertical accretion data from created mangroves in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA (2011-2016)


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Krauss, K.W., and Cormier, N., 2016, Surface elevation change (VLMw) and vertical accretion data from created mangroves in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA (2011-2016): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data represent surface elevation change (or "Vertical Land Motion of the Wetland": VLMw) and vertical accretion time series collected from a series of created tidal wetland sites in the Tampa Bay watershed, Florida, USA. VLMw was measured using a combination of rod Surface Elevation Tables (RSETs), shallow root-zone SETs, and feldspar marker horizons. Sites were created and planted with saltmarsh vegetation originally, but mangroves naturally colonized the sites over time. These data represent a five year record, and were initiated on 9 sites that spanned an age gradient of 2.4 - 20.2 years at the time of first measurement, but which became 7.3 - 25.1 years by the time of the last measurement included in this data release. We [...]


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Ken W Krauss
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Ken W Krauss, Nicole Cormier
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Ken W Krauss
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

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TampaBayDataArchive_Krauss et al_VerticalAccretion.xlsx 27.81 KB
TampaBayDataArchive_Krauss et al_VLMw.xlsx 198.66 KB
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Data were collected in order to document surface elevation change (VLMw) trajectories of created tidal wetlands (mangroves) over time since they were created, and assign those trajectories to root zone responses (<70 cm), deeper responses (>70 cm to bedrock), vertical accretion of sediments, or a combination of all three. The major hypotheses are: (1) what are the surface elevation dynamics (including process assignments) of tidal wetlands (mangroves) after creation, and (2) can they respond to local sea-level rise through positive surface elevation increment empirically (over 5 years) or into the future (modeling using empirical data)?


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DOI doi:10.5066/F7RR1WC3

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