The term ‘coastal wetlands’ can be used to embrace estuaries, deltas and lagoons which are here taken together as integrated, complex and dynamic systems. The interactions between the component habitats and species concentrations often mean that one part of the system is dependent upon another. Thus the enclosing sand dune or shingle barrier may help create sheltered conditions for the development of mud flats and saltmarshes to form a ‘bar built estuary’. Each component habitat has its own importance which is discussed in the relevant chapters above. This chapter is concerned with those systems which occur in temperate regions and does not include coastal wetlands in tropical and sub-tropical areas (including mangroves).
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- Coastal Wetlands — Estuaries, Deltas & Lagoons
J. Pat Doody
- Springer Netherlands