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|Title:||A conceptual framework for the evaluation of coastal habitats|
|Authors:||Environmental Impact Research Program (U.S.)|
Ray, Gary L.
|Publisher:||Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)|
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
|Series/Report no.:||Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; EL-94-3.|
Abstract: Construction and maintenance work in coastal areas can result in damage to estuarine and marine habitats. Mitigation for these impacts often involves the construction of an "out-of-kind" habitat or the sacrifice of a different type of habitat. At the present time, there are no effective methods for comparing the ecological importance of different types of coastal habitats or the cumulative impact of changes in the abundance and proportions of different habitats on coastal ecosystems. This report describes a conceptual framework for making ecologically based comparisons of coastal habitats. The framework is an inventory and accounting procedure in which the contribution of each habitat is estimated from measures of habitat area and habitat functional attributes. This document represents a discussion of the framework and how it might realistically be applied.
|Appears in Collections:||Technical Report|