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Predicting Future Mangrove Forest Migration in the Everglades Under Rising Sea Level

Created: 10/18/2018 - Updated: 7/18/2019

Abstract

Mangroves are highly productive ecosystems that provide valued habitat for fish and shorebirds. Mangrove forests are universally composed of relatively few tree species and a single overstory strata. Three species of true mangroves are common to intertidal zones of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico Coast, namely, black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), and red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle). Mangrove forests occupy intertidal settings of the coastal margin of the Everglades along the southwest tip of the Florida peninsula. 

In this fact sheet, you'll find:

  • Current Status and Stresses of Mangrove Ecosystems
  • SELVA-MANGRO Landscape Model of South Florida Mangrove Forests
  • Development of an Everglades Digital Elevation Model
  • Forecasting Sea-Level Rise and Mangrove Migration across South Florida

Keywords

Scale: 
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Habitat extent
Sea level rise
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Coastal
Mangrove