Effect of vegetation cover and sediment type on 3D subsurface structure and shear strength in saltmarshes

Chirol, Clementine, Spencer, Kate L., Carr, Simon, Möller, Iris, Evans, Ben, Lynch, Jason, Brooks, Helen and Royse, Katherine R. (2021) Effect of vegetation cover and sediment type on 3D subsurface structure and shear strength in saltmarshes. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 46 (11). pp. 2279-2297.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5174

Abstract

The vulnerability of saltmarshes to lateral erosion at their margin depends on the local biogeomorphological properties of the substrate. In particular, the 3D architecture of pore and root systems is expected to influence shear strength, with repercussions for the wider-scale stability of saltmarshes. We apply X-Ray Computed Microtomography (μCT) to visualise and quantify subsurface structures in two UK saltmarshes at Tillingham Farm, Essex (silt/clay rich substrate) and Warton Sands (sand rich substrate), with four types of ground cover: bare ground, Spartina spp, Salicornia spp and Puccinellia spp. We extracted μCT structural parameters that characterise pore and root morphologies at each station, and compared them with field measurements of shear strength using a principal component analysis and correlation tests.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1096-9837
Departments: Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Forestry and Conservation
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 09:26
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2022 10:35
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6139

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