Ecology of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands of the Southeastern United States

Editors: Conner, William H., Doyle, Thomas W., Krauss, Ken W. (Eds.)

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  • Probes the poorly understood ecology of these unique wetland systems
  • Helps land managers and scientists in understanding commonalities among these forests
  • Details the impact on forests of rising sea level and human development
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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)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Tidal Freshwater Swamps of the Southeastern United States: Effects of Land Use, Hurricanes, Sea-level Rise, and Climate Change

    Pages 1-28

    Doyle, Thomas W. (et al.)

  • Hydrology of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands of the Southeastern United States

    Pages 29-63

    Day, Richard H. (et al.)

  • Soils and Biogeochemistry of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands

    Pages 65-88

    Anderson, Christopher J. (et al.)

  • Plant Community Composition of a Tidally Influenced, Remnant Atlantic White Cedar Stand in Mississippi

    Pages 89-112

    Keeland, Bobby D. (et al.)

  • Sediment, Nutrient, and Vegetation Trends Along the Tidal, Forested Pocomoke River, Maryland

    Pages 113-137

    Kroes, Daniel E. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecology of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands of the Southeastern United States
Editors
  • William H. Conner
  • Thomas W. Doyle
  • Ken W. Krauss
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5095-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5095-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5094-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7282-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 505
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