CSDMS Summer Science Series II: Mangrove interaction with tidal flow, waves & long term sedimentation: mechanisms governing adaptation
The uncertainty surrounding the impact of sea-level-rise (SLR) and storms, which threaten the coastal hinterland, heightens the need for design guidelines on mangroves adaptation and their use in coastal safety. This research seeks to quantify the bio-physical processes governing the geomorphological evolution of mangrove-mudflat systems utilizing spatially explicit observations of mangrove population dynamics with process-based modelling. For calibration purposes and increased insight into interactions between hydrodynamics, sediment dynamics and mangroves, field observations were collected along Guyana coast. Results indicate mangrove adaptability hinges on the long term sedimentation responses and system conditions to promote the establishment of belt widths exceeding 300m.