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Understanding and predicting global climate change impacts on the vegetation and fauna of mangrove forested ecosystems in Florida (FINAL PROJECT REPORT)
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Mangrove forests are a dominant part of coastal ecosystems in the world's tropical and sub-tropical areas. Mangroves provide many ecosystem goods and services to humans, such as: shoreline and flood protection, commercial and recreational fisheries, water quality improvement, and tourism. Coastal development and conversion from forest to fish ponds, housing developments and port facilities, has resulted in tremendous losses of mangrove forests worldwide. Mangroves are now considered one of the globe's most threatened tropical coastal ecosystems. Global climate change in general, and sea level rise in particular, is another factor which could adversely affect these productive and important environments. The objective of our research was to examine the impact of potential global climate change on the plants, animals, and hydrology of the mangrove forests in south Florida.
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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