Tidal Marsh Restoration

A Synthesis of Science and Management

  • Charles T. Roman
  • David M. Burdick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Charles T. Roman, David M. Burdick
      Pages 3-10
  3. Synthesis of Tidal Restoration Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-12
    2. Shimon C. Anisfeld
      Pages 39-58
    3. Stephen M. Smith, R. Scott Warren
      Pages 59-80
    4. Randolph M. Chambers, Laura A. Meyerson, Kimberly L. Dibble
      Pages 81-96
  4. The Practice of Restoring Tide-Restricted Marshes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Caitlin Chaffee, Wenley Ferguson, Marci Cole Ekberg
      Pages 157-164
    3. Hunt Durey, Hunt Durey, Timothy Smith, Marc Carullo
      Pages 165-172
    4. Jon Kachmar, Elizabeth Hertz
      Pages 183-190
    5. Tony M. Bowron, Nancy Neatt, Danika van Proosdij, Jeremy Lundholm
      Pages 191-209
  5. Integrating Science and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Gail L. Chmura, David M. Burdick, Gregg E. Moore
      Pages 233-251
  6. Communicating Restoration Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Susan C. Adamowicz, Kathleen M. O’Brien
      Pages 315-332
    3. Francis C. Golet, Dennis H. A. Myshrall, Lawrence R. Oliver, Peter W. C. Paton, Brian C. Tefft
      Pages 333-353
  7. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. David M. Burdick, Charles T. Roman
      Pages 373-382
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 383-408

About this book


Many coastal tidal marshes have been significantly degraded by roadways and other projects that restrict tidal flows, limiting their ability to provide vital ecosystem services including support of fish and wildlife populations, flood protection, water quality maintenance, and open space.

Tidal Marsh Restoration provides the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary for coastal zone stewards to initiate salt marsh tidal restoration programs. The book compiles, synthesizes, and interprets the current state of knowledge on the science and practice of salt marsh restoration, bringing together leaders across a range of disciplines in the sciences (hydrology, soils, vegetation, zoology), engineering (hydraulics, modeling), and public policy, with coastal managers who offer an abundance of practical insight and guidance on the development of programs.

The work presents in-depth information from New England and Atlantic Canada, where the practice of restoring tidal flow to salt marshes has been ongoing for decades, and shows how that experience can inform restoration efforts around the world. Students and researchers involved in restoration science will find the technical syntheses, presentation of new concepts, and identification of research needs to be especially useful as they formulate research and monitoring questions, and interpret research findings.

Tidal Marsh Restoration is an essential work for managers, planners, regulators, environmental and engineering consultants, and others engaged in planning, designing, and implementing projects or programs aimed at restoring tidal flow to tide-restricted or diked salt marshes.


Ecological restoration Tidal marsh Vegetation Zoology

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles T. Roman
    • 1
  • David M. Burdick
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of OceanographyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Natural Resources and the Jackson Estuarine LaboratoryUniversity of New HampshireUSA

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