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Development of protocols to assess the relative habitat values of urban shorelines in the New York–New Jersey Harbor Estuary

Elisa Bone, David J Reid, Mollie Thurman, Robert Newton, Jeffrey S Levinton, David Strayer

Published : 2015

Abstract

Habitat complexity is reduced when natural estuarine shorelines are replaced with concrete seawalls in highly urbanized regions. There is growing interest and investment in rehabilitating urbanized shorelines by adding physical habitat complexity to encourage establishment of diverse and resilient ecological communities. This is challenging, as multiple factors in addition to habitat availability operate across large scales to constrain ecosystem rehabilitation in urban estuaries. Design and management of shorelines to enhance their habitat and other ecological values should be based on using scientifically rigorous information to facilitate effective and efficient use of limited resources. ..

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