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Estuarine Wetlands

Brenda J. Grewell, John C. Callaway and Wayne R. Ferren, Jr.

in Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249554
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0005
Estuarine Wetlands

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This chapter discusses vegetation of the estuarine wetlands of California's coast, focusing on vegetated wetlands dominated by vascular plants. It begins by discussing important ecosystem functions of wetland, and then describes abiotic and biotic factors affecting vegetation in California's estuarine wetlands, and the distribution of its estuarine wetland systems. The chapter also discusses global climate change effects, rare and endangered wetland plants, and the increased number of invasive plant species, and concludes with efforts focused on the restoration of wetlands in California, considering areas for future research.

Keywords: estuarine wetlands; wetlands; vegetation; climate change; wetland plants; invasive plant species

Chapter.  20975 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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