Tidal Wetlands Primer
536 pages, 7 x 10
166 b&w illus.
Paperback
Release Date:30 Oct 2013
ISBN:9781625340221
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Tidal Wetlands Primer

An Introduction to Their Ecology, Natural History, Status, and Conservation

University of Massachusetts Press
At a time when more than half of the U.S. population lives within fifty miles of the coast, tidal wetlands are a critical and threatened natural resource. The purpose of this book is to introduce the world of tidal wetlands to students and professionals in the environmental fields and others with an interest in the subject.
Illustrated with maps, photographs, and diagrams, this volume provides a clear account of the factors that make these habitats unique and vulnerable. It discusses their formation, the conditions affecting their plant and animal life, and the diversity of types across North America, as well as their history, use by wildlife and humans, current status, conservation, restoration, and likely future. The emphasis is on vegetated wetlands—marshes and swamps—with additional discussion of eelgrass meadows, rocky shores, beaches, and tidal flats.
Ralph Tiner's previous field guides to coastal wetland plants in the Northeast and Southeast have been widely praised. Tidal Wetlands Primer joins Tiner's earlier publications as an authoritative and user-friendly guide that should appeal to anyone with a serious interest in coastal habitats.
A chapter on the future of tidal wetlands in light of climate change and sea-level rise makes this a particularly vital and timely text.'—Landscape Architecture Magazine
Ralph W. Tiner is a nationally recognized wetland ecologist with more than 40 years of experience mapping tidal marshes and other wetlands. He has directed the federal government's National Wetlands Inventory in 13 states for over 35 years and, as an adjunct professor has taught courses in wetland plant identification / ecology and wetland delineation/classification at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently treasurer for the U.S. National Ramsar Committee and also serves as the editor of Wetland Science and Practice (a journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists). To date, he has written over two hundred publications including two field guides published by the University of Massachusetts Press.
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