This indicator depicts the ability of coastal habitats to migrate to adjacent lowlands in order to sustain biodiversity and natural services under increasing inundation from sea-level rise. It is based on the physical and condition characteristics of current tidal complexes, their predicted migration space, and surrounding buffer areas. These characteristics include marsh complex size, shared edge with migration space, sediment balance, water quality, natural landcover, landform diversity, and many others.
Reason for Selection
The resilient coastal sites indicator seeks to capture features of salt marshes that are important for salt marsh species and ecosystem function both now and in the future. Many of these characteristics, like water quality and landform diversity, also serve as indicators of potential future habitat quality of the site once the salt marsh is fully inundated and transitions to a new estuarine or marine habitat.
1) We merged the two Tidal Complex Resilience Scores SLR65 layers together.
2) We converted the vector data to 30 meter raster data.
Final indicator values
The final indicator is continuous, with values ranging from:
6 = Above average (high)
5 = Slightly above average
4 = Average
3 = Slightly below average
2 = Below average
1 = Far below average (low)
– This indicator only applies to current salt marsh habitat and underestimates the importance of other habitats in the salt marsh migration space, like forested wetlands. These habitats could become salt marsh in the future.
Disclaimer: Comparing with Older Indicator Versions
There are numerous problems with using South Atlantic indicators for change analysis. Please consult Blueprint staff if you would like to do this (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Anderson, M.G. and Barnett, A. 2019. Resilient Coastal Sites for Conservation in the South Atlantic US. The Nature Conservancy, Eastern Conservation Science. [https://www.conservationgateway.org/ConservationByGeography/NorthAmerica/UnitedStates/edc/Documents/SouthAtlantic_Resilient_Coastal_Sites_31Oct2019.pdf]Anderson, M.G. and Barnett, A. 2019. Resilient Coastal Sites for Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico US. The Nature Conservancy, Eastern Conservation Science. [https://www.conservationgateway.org/ConservationByGeography/NorthAmerica/UnitedStates/edc/Documents/GulfOfMexico_Resilient_Coastal_Sites_31Oct2019.pdf]
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