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TitleImproving Projections of Tidal Marsh Persistence under Climate Change with Remote Sensing and Site-Specific Data
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBuffington, Kevin J.
Number of Pages144 p.
UniversityOregon State University
CityCorvallis, Or.
Call NumberOSU Libraries:: Digital Open Access
KeywordsSiletz Bay, Millport Slough, Coos Bay, South Slough, Bull Island, Coquille River Estuary, Bandon Marsh, climate change, sea levels, precipitation, wetland delineation, wetland vegetation, salt marsh, remote sensing, phenology, theses
NotesClimate change poses real threats to tidal marshes. In this doctoral dissertation, 17 different West Coast marshes were examined. “Marsh elevation response models can be calibrated with site-specific data to determine the vulnerability of a marsh to sea-level rise and help guide management decisions. Elevation models are sensitive to initial elevation, the rate of accretion, and aboveground biomass. The overarching goal of this dissertation was to develop techniques to improve these important model inputs and evaluate the range of spatial and temporal variation.” (from the Abstract) Techniques for improving working with LIDAR (light detection and ranging) and the heavy vegetation of the marshes are discussed, as is the phenology of plant biomass in Pacific Coast marshes.