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.

Related authors

Synchronized high-resolution bed-level change and biophysical data from 10 marsh–mudflat sites in northwestern Europe
Zhan Hu, Pim W. J. M. Willemsen, Bas W. Borsje, Chen Wang, Heng Wang, Daphne van der Wal, Zhenchang Zhu, Bas Oteman, Vincent Vuik, Ben Evans, Iris Möller, Jean-Philippe Belliard, Alexander Van Braeckel, Stijn Temmerman, and Tjeerd J. Bouma
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 405–416,,, 2021
Short summary

Related subject area

Physical: Geomorphology (including all aspects of fluvial, coastal, aeolian, hillslope and glacial geomorphology)
The formation and geometry characteristics of boulder bars due to outburst floods triggered by overtopped landslide dam failure
Xiangang Jiang, Haiguang Cheng, Lei Gao, and Weiming Liu
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1263–1277,,, 2021
Short summary
Landslide-lake outburst floods accelerate downstream hillslope slippage
Wentao Yang, Jian Fang, and Jing Liu-Zeng
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1251–1262,,, 2021
Short summary
The relative influence of dune aspect ratio and beach width on dune erosion as a function of storm duration and surge level
Michael Itzkin, Laura J. Moore, Peter Ruggiero, Sally D. Hacker, and Reuben G. Biel
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1223–1237,,, 2021
Short summary
A temperature-dependent mechanical model to assess the stability of degrading permafrost rock slopes
Philipp Mamot, Samuel Weber, Saskia Eppinger, and Michael Krautblatter
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1125–1151,,, 2021
Short summary
The effects of storms and a transient sandy veneer on the interannual planform evolution of a low-relief coastal cliff and shore platform at Sargent Beach, Texas, USA
Rose V. Palermo, Anastasia Piliouras, Travis E. Swanson, Andrew D. Ashton, and David Mohrig
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1111–1123,,, 2021
Short summary

Cited articles

Adamowicz, S. C. and Roman, C. T.: New England salt marsh pools: a quantitative analysis of geomorphic and geographic features, Wetlands, 25, 279–288,, 2005. 
Alkemade, I. S. W.: Kwaliteitsdocument Laseraltimetrie, Projectgebied Westerschelde, Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat, Rijkswaterstaat, Delft, the Netherlands, 2004. 
Allen, J.: Morphodynamics of Holocene salt marshes: a review sketch from the Atlantic and Southern North Sea coasts of Europe, Quaternay Sci. Rev., 19, 1155–1231,, 2000. 
Argow, B. A. and FitzGerald, D. M.: Winter processes on northern salt marshes: evaluating the impact of in-situ peat compaction due to ice loading, Wells, ME, Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci., 69, 360–369,, 2006. 
Bakker, R. B. and Bijkerk, W.: Toelichting Bij de Geomorfologische Kartering Westerschelde 2008 op Basis van False Colour-Luchtfoto's 1:10.000, Report, Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat, Rijksinstituut, Adviesdienst Geo-Informatie & ICT, Den Haag, Delft, the Netherlands, 2009. 
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.