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Identifying the Ecological and Management Implications of Mangrove Migration in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Mangrove Migration Network and Workshops for the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Principal Investigator
Michael Osland

Dates

Start Date
2019-01-30
End Date
2021-07-01
Release Date
2018

Summary

In the northern Gulf of Mexico, mangrove forests have been expanding their northern range limits in parts of Texas, Louisiana, and north Florida since 1989. In response to warming winter temperatures, mangroves, which are dominant in warmer climates, are expected to continue migrating northward at the expense of salt marshes, which fare better in cooler climates. The ecological implications and timing of mangrove expansion is not well understood, and coastal wetland managers need information and tools that will enable them to identify and forecast the ecological impacts of this shift from salt marsh to mangrove-dominated coastal ecosystems. To address this need, researchers will host workshops and leverage existing collaborations [...]

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Contacts

Principal Investigator :
Michael Osland
Funding Agency :
Southeast CASC
CMS Group :
Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program

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Purpose

In the northern Gulf of Mexico, mangrove forests have been expanding near their northern range limits in parts of Texas, Louisiana, and north Florida since 1989. In response to warming winter temperatures, mangroves are expected to continue migrating northward at the expenses of salt marshes. In this project, we will host workshops and leverage existing collaborations with scientists across the northern Gulf of Mexico to produce two products that are relevant to resource managers within this transition zone between mangrove forests and salt marshes. The first product will leverage a community-curated data network called the Mangrove Migration Network to produce a journal article that examines temperature thresholds for mangrove damage and mortality. The winter of 2017-2018 presents an outstanding opportunity to improve our ability to forecast the effects of changing winter temperature extremes on coastal wetlands. We will integrate data from the Gulf of Mexico Mangrove Migration Network to assess vulnerability of coastal wetlands to changing winter temperature extremes. The second product will be a workshop-derived journal article that focuses on issues related to mangrove restoration and management in coastal wetlands in Texas, Louisiana, and north Florida. This work will support the conservation stewardship missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service by providing science to inform management of its lands along the Gulf of Mexico.

Project Extension

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typeTechnical Summary
valueIn the northern Gulf of Mexico, mangrove forests have been expanding near their northern range limits in parts of Texas, Louisiana, and north Florida since 1989. In response to warming winter temperatures, mangroves are expected to continue migrating northward at the expenses of salt marshes. In this project, we will host workshops and leverage existing collaborations with scientists across the northern Gulf of Mexico to produce two products that are relevant to resource managers within this transition zone between mangrove forests and salt marshes. The first product will leverage a community-curated data network called the Mangrove Migration Network to produce a journal article that examines temperature thresholds for mangrove damage and mortality. The winter of 2017-2018 presents an outstanding opportunity to improve our ability to forecast the effects of changing winter temperature extremes on coastal wetlands. We will integrate data from the Gulf of Mexico Mangrove Migration Network to assess vulnerability of coastal wetlands to changing winter temperature extremes. The second product will be a workshop-derived journal article that focuses on issues related to mangrove restoration and management in coastal wetlands in Texas, Louisiana, and north Florida. This work will support the conservation stewardship missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service by providing science to inform management of its lands along the Gulf of Mexico.
projectStatusIn Progress

Budget Extension

annualBudgets
year2018
totalFunds51604.0
parts
typeAward Type
valueCOA
typeAward Number
valueC19000077
totalFunds51604.0

Additional Information

Identifiers

Type Scheme Key
RegistrationUUID NCCWSC 5960b556-cda9-4297-9c44-c9838de37437
StampID NCCWSC SE18-OM1542

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