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Intermittent estuaries: linking hydro-geomorphic context to climate change resilience

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Intermittent estuaries are temporarily open to exchange with the open ocean, and the influence of their entrance opening regime on hydrological and ecological function has received considerable attention. Here we consider the influence of tectonic, climatic and geomorphic controls on the distribution of estuarine habitats by contrasting two settings: the south coasts of New South Wales, Australia, and California USA. The combination of tectonic uplift and semi-arid, variable hydrology in southern California provides a stronger sediment yield to estuaries than in the tectonically stable temperate setting of southern Australia. This reflects in a greater proportional area of intertidal vegetation and a higher elevation capital than encountered in SE Australia. The implications for estuary management in the context of sea-level rise and urbanization are discussed.

Authors


  •   Saintilan, Neil (external author)
  •   Rogers, Kerrylee
  •   Toms, Christina (external author)
  •   Stein, Eric D. (external author)
  •   Jacobs, David (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Saintilan, N., Rogers, K., Toms, C., Stein, E. D. & Jacobs, D. (2016). Intermittent estuaries: linking hydro-geomorphic context to climate change resilience. Journal of Coastal Research: an international forum for the littoral sciences, 75 (Suppl. 1), 133-137. Sydney Proceedings of the 14th International Coastal Symposium, 6-11 March 2016

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84987704839

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4130

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 133

End Page


  • 137

Volume


  • 75

Issue


  • Suppl. 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Intermittent estuaries are temporarily open to exchange with the open ocean, and the influence of their entrance opening regime on hydrological and ecological function has received considerable attention. Here we consider the influence of tectonic, climatic and geomorphic controls on the distribution of estuarine habitats by contrasting two settings: the south coasts of New South Wales, Australia, and California USA. The combination of tectonic uplift and semi-arid, variable hydrology in southern California provides a stronger sediment yield to estuaries than in the tectonically stable temperate setting of southern Australia. This reflects in a greater proportional area of intertidal vegetation and a higher elevation capital than encountered in SE Australia. The implications for estuary management in the context of sea-level rise and urbanization are discussed.

Authors


  •   Saintilan, Neil (external author)
  •   Rogers, Kerrylee
  •   Toms, Christina (external author)
  •   Stein, Eric D. (external author)
  •   Jacobs, David (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Saintilan, N., Rogers, K., Toms, C., Stein, E. D. & Jacobs, D. (2016). Intermittent estuaries: linking hydro-geomorphic context to climate change resilience. Journal of Coastal Research: an international forum for the littoral sciences, 75 (Suppl. 1), 133-137. Sydney Proceedings of the 14th International Coastal Symposium, 6-11 March 2016

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84987704839

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4130

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 133

End Page


  • 137

Volume


  • 75

Issue


  • Suppl. 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States