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Vulnerability to Climate Change of Mangroves: Assessment from Cameroon, Central Africa

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dc.contributor.author Ellison, J. C.
dc.contributor.author Zouh, I.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-17T14:39:12Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-17T14:39:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11
dc.identifier.issn 2079-7737
dc.identifier.other doi:10.3390/biology1030617
dc.identifier.uri http://www.taccire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/204
dc.description.abstract Intertidal mangrove ecosystems are sensitive to climate change impacts, particularly to associated relative sea level rise. Human stressors and low tidal range add to vulnerability, both characteristics of the Doula Estuary, Cameroon. To investigate vulnerability, spatial techniques were combined with ground surveys to map distributions of mangrove zones, and compare with historical spatial records to quantify change over the last few decades. Low technology techniques were used to establish the tidal range and relative elevation of the mapped mangrove area. Stratigraphic coring and palaeobiological reconstruction were used to show the longer term biological history of mangroves and net sedimentation rate, and oral history surveys of local communities were used to provide evidence of recent change and identify possible causes. Results showed that the seaward edge of mangroves had over two thirds of the shoreline experienced dieback at up to 3 m per year over the last three decades, and an offshore mangrove island had suffered 89% loss. Results also showed low net sedimentation rates under seaward edge mangroves, and restricted intertidal elevation habitats of all mangroves, and Avicennia and Laguncularia in particular. To reduce vulnerability, adaptation planning can be improved by reducing the non-climate stressors on the mangrove area, particularly those resulting from human impacts. Other priorities for adaptation planning in mangrove areas that are located in such low tidal range regions are to plan inland migration areas and strategic protected areas for mangroves, and to undertake management activities that enhance accretion within the mangroves. en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher MDPI, Basel, Switzerland en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries Biology 2012;1, 617-638
dc.subject Vulnerability en_GB
dc.subject climate vulnerability en_GB
dc.subject Mangroves en_GB
dc.subject Climate change en_GB
dc.subject Africa en_GB
dc.subject Cameroon en_GB
dc.subject Ecosystems en_GB
dc.subject climate change impact en_GB
dc.subject Sea-level rise en_GB
dc.subject Geographical Information System en_GB
dc.title Vulnerability to Climate Change of Mangroves: Assessment from Cameroon, Central Africa en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB

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