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MEPS 427:187-190 (2011)  -  DOI:

Practicing coastal seascape ecology

Simon J. Pittman1,2,*, Ronald T. Kneib3,4, Charles A. Simenstad5

1National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Biogeography Branch, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, USA
2University of the Virgin Islands, Marine Science Center, 2 John Brewer’s Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 00802, USA
3University of Georgia Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, Georgia 31327, USA
4RTK Consulting Services, 10 Taza Trail, Hillsboro, New Mexico 88042, USA
5School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Box 355020, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-5020, USA

ABSTRACT: Landscape ecology concepts developed from terrestrial systems have recently emerged as theoretical and analytical frameworks that are equally useful for evaluating the ecological consequences of spatial patterns and structural changes in the submerged landscapes of coastal ecosystems. The benefits of applying a spatially-explicit perspective to resource management and restoration planning in the coastal zone are rapidly becoming apparent. This Theme Section on the application of landscape ecology to the estuarine and coastal environment emerged from a special symposium at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) 20th Biennial Conference (Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World) held in Portland, Oregon, USA, in November 2009. The 7 contributions in this Theme Section collectively provide substantial insights into the current status and application of the landscape approach in shallow marine environments, and identify significant knowledge gaps, as well as potential directions for the future advancement of ‘seascape ecology’.

KEY WORDS: Landscape ecology · Seascapes · Spatial pattern · Spatial planning

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Cite this article as: Pittman SJ, Kneib RT, Simenstad CA (2011) Practicing coastal seascape ecology. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 427:187-190.

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