Wave attenuation by two contrasting ecosystem engineering salt marsh macrophytes in the intertidal pioneer zone

T. Ysebaert, S.L. Yang, L. Zhang, Q. He, T.J. Bouma, P.M.J. Herman

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    Tidal wetlands play an important role in dissipating hydrodynamic energy. Wave attenuation in vegetation depends on plant characteristics, as well as on hydrodynamic conditions. In the pioneer zone of salt marshes, species co-occur that differ widely in their growth strategies, and it is anticipated that these species act differently on incoming waves. In this field study we investigated, under different hydrodynamic forcing and tidal inundation levels, the wave attenuating capacity of two contrasting pioneer salt marsh species that co-occur in the Yangtze estuary, China. Our study shows that vegetation can reduce wave heights up to 80% over a relatively short distance (
    Originele taal-2Engels
    Pagina's (van-tot)1043-1054
    TijdschriftWetlands
    Volume31
    Nummer van het tijdschrift6
    DOI's
    StatusGepubliceerd - 2011

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