Ecology of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands of the Southeastern United States / Edition 1

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Tidal freshwater forested wetlands are unique wetland systems. Occupying low relief coastal areas which are subject to both upland runoff and tidal flooding, these systems are especially vulnerable to pressure from human development and to climate change impacts of sea-level rise and increased drought/flood frequency. Yet to date the ecological dynamics, distribution, and conservation status of these communities is poorly understood.

This book draws together the latest findings from investigators focusing on the hydrological processes, community organization, and stress physiology of freshwater, tidally influenced land-margin forests of the southeastern United States. It describes the land use history that led to the restricted distribution of these wetlands, and provides descriptions of the hydrology, soils, biogeochemistry, and physiological ecology of these systems, highlighting the similarities shared among tidal freshwater forested wetlands.

Including case studies from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana, Ecology of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands of the Southeastern United States will be an important resource for researchers, natural resource managers and students interested in understanding the complex dynamics of this unique coastal ecosystem; one that has been altered by land-use history and which is now undergoing decline due to changing climate, sea-level rise and hurricanes. In particular, it provides current knowledge on those biological, geological, hydrological and physical forcing factors that may influence the possible alternatives and likely success of coastal restoration projects for these vulnerable ecosystems.

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"Tidal freshwater wetlands, upstream from saline coastal estuaries, present remarkable habitats now threatened by a variety of factors including climate change and sea level rise. The editors, along with 50 contributors … here present recent, much-needed studies of these endangered areas. … The volume offers good reviews of the current use and conservation of these forested wetlands, with ample suggestions about future research needs. … This handbook is well referenced and illustrated throughout. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduate through professionals/practitioners." (C. Leck, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (5), January, 2008)

"The editors of this book have successfully brought together ecologists actively engaged in research on these systems … and widely dispersed grey literature to provide a comprehensive review of research findings. … For those interested in coastal wetlands, or systems that are driven by strong hydrological fluctuations, this book will be a valuable resource." (Siobhan Fennessy, Ecology, Vol. 89 (10), 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048172825
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 505
  • Product dimensions: 1.05 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Tidal freshwater swamps of the southeastern United States: effects of land use, hurricanes, sea-level rise, and climate change; T.W. Doyle et al.- 2. Hydrology of tidal freshwater forested wetlands of the southeastern United States; R.H. Day et al.- 3. Soils and biogeochemistry of tidal freshwater forested wetlands; C.J. Anderson, B.G. Lockaby.- 4. Plant community composition of a tidally influenced, remnant atlantic white cedar stand in Mississippi; B.D. Keeland, J.W. McCoy.- 5. Sediment, nutrient, and vegetation trends along the tidal, forested Pocomoke River, Maryland; D.E. Kroes et al.- 6. Vegetation and seed bank studies of salt-pulsed swamps of the Nanticoke River, Chesapeake Bay; A.H. Baldwin.- 7. Tidal freshwater swamps of a lower Chesapeake Bay subestuary; R.D. Rheinhardt.- 8. Biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of tidal freshwater swamp forests of the lower Cape Fear River/Estuary, North Carolina; C.T. Hackney et al.- 9. Ecology of tidal freshwater forests in coastal deltaic Louisiana and northeastern South Carolina; W.H. Conner et al.- 10. Ecology of the coastal edge of hydric hammocks on the Gulf Coast of Florida; K. Williams et al.- 11. Ecological characteristics of tidal freshwater forests along the lower Suwannee River, Florida; H.M. Light et al.- 12. Community composition of select areas of tidal freshwater forest along the Savannah River; J. Duberstein, W. Kitchens.- 13. Ecology of the Maurepas Swamp: effects of salinity, nutrients, and insect defoliation; R.S. Effler et al.- 14. Selection for salt tolerance in tidal freshwater swamp species: advances using baldcypress as a model for restoration; K.W. KRAUSS et al.- 15. Assessing the impact of tidal flooding and salinity on long-term growth of baldcypress under changing climate and riverflow; T.W. Doyle et al.- 16. Conservation and use of coastal wetland forests in Louisiana; S.P. Faulkner et al.- 17. Tidal freshwater forested wetlands: future research needs and an overview of restoration; W.H. Conner et al.- Appendix 1.- Index.-

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