Quick-and-dirty coastal habitat characterization, part 4: Salt marshes

Fourth and final post on coastal habitat characterization for the Northwest Atlantic: salt marshes. Provides a starting point for a more detailed narrative and application of modifiers. All factors used here are after Knox (2001) and Bertness (2007):

1) Marsh maturity

  • young
  • middle-aged
  • mature

2) Elevation

  • low
  • intermediate
  • high

3) Physical stressors (tides, sediment supply, storms, ice, etc.)

  • low
  • moderate
  • high

4) Anthropic stressors (ditching, dredging, dyking, grazing, fires, etc.)

  • low
  • moderate
  • high
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