Tidal Marsh Restoration: A Synthesis of Science and Management

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Island Press, Aug 7, 2012 - Science - 432 pages
Many coastal tidal marshes have been significantly degraded by roadways and other projects that restrict tidal flows, limiting their ability to provide vital ecosystem services including support of fish and wildlife populations, flood protection, water quality maintenance, and open space.
Tidal Marsh Restoration provides the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary for coastal zone stewards to initiate salt marsh tidal restoration programs. The book compiles, synthesizes, and interprets the current state of knowledge on the science and practice of salt marsh restoration, bringing together leaders across a range of disciplines in the sciences (hydrology, soils, vegetation, zoology), engineering (hydraulics, modeling), and public policy, with coastal managers who offer an abundance of practical insight and guidance on the development of programs.
The work presents in-depth information from New England and Atlantic Canada, where the practice of restoring tidal flow to salt marshes has been ongoing for decades, and shows how that experience can inform restoration efforts around the world. Students and researchers involved in restoration science will find the technical syntheses, presentation of new concepts, and identification of research needs to be especially useful as they formulate research and monitoring questions, and interpret research findings.
Tidal Marsh Restoration is an essential work for managers, planners, regulators, environmental and engineering consultants, and others engaged in planning, designing, and implementing projects or programs aimed at restoring tidal flow to tide-restricted or diked salt marshes.
 

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Contents

PART II Synthesis of Tidal Restoration Science
11
PART III The Practice of Restoring TideRestricted Marshes
145
PART IV Integrating Science and Practice
211
PART V Communicating Restoration Science
297
PART VI Summary
371
About the Editors and C ontributors
383
Index
389
The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration
407
Island Press BoD
409
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Charles T. Roman is a coastal ecologist with the US National Park Service and professor-in-residence at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. David M. Burdick is Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire.

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