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The vulnerability of Indo-Pacific mangrove forests to sea-level rise

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, October 2015
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21 news outlets
5 blogs
3 policy sources
84 tweeters
2 Facebook pages
1 Wikipedia page
4 Google+ users


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The vulnerability of Indo-Pacific mangrove forests to sea-level rise
Published in
Nature, October 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature15538
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Catherine E. Lovelock, Donald R. Cahoon, Daniel A. Friess, Glenn R. Guntenspergen, Ken W. Krauss, Ruth Reef, Kerrylee Rogers, Megan L. Saunders, Frida Sidik, Andrew Swales, Neil Saintilan, Le Xuan Thuyen, Tran Triet


Sea-level rise can threaten the long-term sustainability of coastal communities and valuable ecosystems such as coral reefs, salt marshes and mangroves. Mangrove forests have the capacity to keep pace with sea-level rise and to avoid inundation through vertical accretion of sediments, which allows them to maintain wetland soil elevations suitable for plant growth. The Indo-Pacific region holds most of the world's mangrove forests, but sediment delivery in this region is declining, owing to anthropogenic activities such as damming of rivers. This decline is of particular concern because the Indo-Pacific region is expected to have variable, but high, rates of future sea-level rise. Here we analyse recent trends in mangrove surface elevation changes across the Indo-Pacific region using data from a network of surface elevation table instruments. We find that sediment availability can enable mangrove forests to maintain rates of soil-surface elevation gain that match or exceed that of sea-level rise, but for 69 per cent of our study sites the current rate of sea-level rise exceeded the soil surface elevation gain. We also present a model based on our field data, which suggests that mangrove forests at sites with low tidal range and low sediment supply could be submerged as early as 2070.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Singapore 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 631 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 118 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 108 17%
Student > Master 103 16%
Student > Bachelor 60 9%
Professor 28 4%
Other 108 17%
Unknown 117 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 214 33%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 118 18%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 74 12%
Engineering 23 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 11 2%
Other 41 6%
Unknown 161 25%

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