Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 71–88, 2021
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 71–88, 2021

Research article 11 Feb 2021

Research article | 11 Feb 2021

Different coastal marsh sites reflect similar topographic conditions under which bare patches and vegetation recovery occur

Chen Wang et al.

Data sets

2003 Maryland Department of Natural Resources LiDAR: Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, and Wicomico Counties, with portions of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne's Counties OCM Partners

Short summary
Coastal marshes are valuable natural habitats with normally dense vegetation. The presence of bare patches is a symptom of habitat degradation. We found that the occurrence of bare patches and regrowth of vegetation is related to spatial variations in soil surface elevation and to the distance and connectivity to tidal creeks. These relations are similar in three marshes at very different geographical locations. Our results may help nature managers to conserve and restore coastal marshes.