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Experimental recovery rates of tidal marsh vegetation


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Guntenspergen, G. R., 2017, Experimental recovery rates of tidal marsh vegetation: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


We measured the response of plants to disturbance across a gradient in inundation times by transplanting tussocks of Schoenoplectus americanus into mesocosms of different elevation in two marsh organ platforms. Both organs were planted on April 11, 2012 and harvested on August 21, 2012. Plants in one organ were disturbed by clipping all above ground vegetation on June 20 2012 (62 days), and left undisturbed in a control organ. Plant stems were clipped at the soil surface to isolate standing above ground material, and sorted into live and dead fractions by species. Above ground biomass was washed and dried at 70°C to a constant weight.


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Glenn R Guntenspergen
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Glenn R Guntenspergen
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U.S. Geological Survey
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GS ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Land Resources
SDC Data Owner :
Eastern Ecological Science Center

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Direct_Evidence_critial_Slowing_down.csv 1.25 KB text/csv
Leading Indicators Plant Cutting and Recovery Individual Total Biomss Data.csv 1.51 KB text/csv


To verify if critical slowing down responses could be detected in a field setting.



  • Eastern Ecological Science Center
  • Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • USGS Data Release Products



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DOI doi:10.5066/F7VQ30TH

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