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Suisun MarshEcological History and Possible Futures$
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Peter B. Moyle, Amber D. Manfree, and Peggy L. Fiedler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276086

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276086.001.0001

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Alternative Futures for Suisun Marsh

Alternative Futures for Suisun Marsh

(p.209) 9 Alternative Futures for Suisun Marsh
Suisun Marsh

Peter B. Moyle

Amber D. Manfree

Peggy L. Fiedler

Teejay A. O'Rear

University of California Press

The long history of change in Suisun Marsh is reviewed as the basis for future management, followed by assessments of likely changes to terrestrial and aquatic habitats if present trends continue. Sea-level rise, geomorphic processes, the marsh as a novel ecosystem, and restoration trajectories are considered, as are the importance of the marsh as open space and its potential for ecological reconciliation. This information is synthesized to present four scenarios as alternative futures: Fortress Marsh, Flooded Marsh, EcoMarsh, and Planned Accommodation Marsh. While ecological change to the marsh is inevitable, it can be directed, to some extent, by understanding likely trajectories under different management regimes.

Keywords:   marsh, habitat, sea-level rise, reconciliation, novel ecosystems, geomorphology, open space, restoration

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