Changes in topography and vegetation near gaps in a protective foredune

Karl F. Nordstrom, Jean Marie Hartman, Amy L. Freestone, Mark Wong, Nancy L. Jackson

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Data gathered on a foredune on a nourished beach reveal the relationships between topography and plant communities at gaps in the dune crest. Sand inundation at gaps allows plants in some portions of the dune to rejuvenate to earlier successional stages, while an increase in richness occurs in other portions. Ammophila breviligulata can create an initial dune ridge, colonize new areas of bare sand within the dune field, facilitate growth of other species, and provide a natural alternative to fencing in managing gaps. Foredune mobility can be considered a positive factor if beach width and dune volume provide adequate protection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)945-959
Number of pages15
JournalOcean and Coastal Management
Issue number11-12
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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