EPA Science Inventory

Application of a three-tier framework to assess ecological condition of Gulf of Mexico coastal wetlands

Citation:

Nestlerode, J., V. Hansen, AND A. Teague. Application of a three-tier framework to assess ecological condition of Gulf of Mexico coastal wetlands. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT. Springer, New York, NY, 186(6):3477-3493, (2014).

Description:

A multi‐level coastal wetland assessment strategy was applied to wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to evaluate the feasibility of this approach for a broad national scale wetland condition assessment (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Wetlands Condition Assessment). Landscape‐scale assessment indicators (Tier 1) were developed and applied at the sub‐watershed (12‐digit Hydrologic Unit) level within the GOM coastal wetland sample frame with scores calculated using land‐use maps and GIS. Rapid assessment protocols (Tier‐2), using a combination of office and field work, evaluated metrics associated with landscape context, hydrology, physical structure, and biological structure. Intensive site monitoring (Tier‐3) included measures of soil chemistry and composition, water column and pore‐water chemistry, and dominant macrophyte community composition and tissue chemistry. Relationships within and among assessment levels were evaluated using multivariate and principal component analyses with few significant correlations were found. More detailed measures of hydrology, soils, and macrophyte species composition from sites across a known condition gradient, in conjunction with validation of standardized rapid assessment method, may be necessary to fully characterize coastal wetlands across the region

Purpose/Objective:

This manuscript describes the application of a multi-level coastal wetland assessment strategy to wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico to evaluate the feasibility of this approach for a broad national scale wetland condition assessment.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 05/01/2014
Completion Date: 05/01/2014
Record Last Revised: 07/01/2014
Record Created: 05/01/2014
Record Released: 05/01/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 274753

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

GULF ECOLOGY DIVISION