Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 71–88, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-71-2021
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 71–88, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-71-2021

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.

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AR by Chen Wang on behalf of the Authors (05 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (12 Dec 2020) by Orencio Duran Vinent
AR by Chen Wang on behalf of the Authors (22 Dec 2020)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 Jan 2021) by Orencio Duran Vinent
ED: Publish as is (12 Jan 2021) by Heather Viles(Editor)
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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.