Salt Marshes

The thematic report on Salt Marshes as part of the Quality Status Report 2017 (QSR 2017) provides an overview of the present status of the Wadden Sea salt marshes, based on the Trilateral Monitoring and Assessment Program (TMAP). This status review includes aspects of total extent, geomorphology, vegetation characteristics and management.
From the QSR 2017, thematic report on salt marshes:
Coastal salt marshes may broadly be defined as areas, vegetated by herbs, grasses or low shrubs, which are subject to periodic flooding (tidal and non-tidal) as a result of fluctuations in the level of the adjacent saline-water bodies (Adam, 1990), and where saline water is defined as not being fresh, i.e. when the annual average salinity is greater than 0.5 g of solutes per kg of water (Odum, 1988). In tidal systems, salt marshes form the upper part of the intertidal zone, i.e. the interface between land and sea. They may extend vertically from well below the mean high-tide level up to the highest water mark. Salt marshes reach their greatest extent along low-energy coasts where wave action is limited and mud can accumulate (Allen & Pye, 1992; Balke et al., 2016). [….read more]

Quality Status Report 2017: Salt marshes (Esselink et al.)
Quality Status Report 2009: Thematic Report No. 8: Salt Marshes (Esselink et al.)
Quality Status Report 2004: Chapter No. 7: Salt Marshes (Bakker et al.)
TMAP Typology of Coastal Vegetation in the Wadden Sea Area
Dynamic Islands in the Wadden Sea, Wadden Sea Ecosystem no. 33
Download Kees Dijkema's 1970th GIS data.
Wadden Sea Day 2013 - Salt Marshes: Our Heritage between Land and Sea.
Wadden Sea Day 2013 programme