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The Biology of Mangroves and Seagrasses, Third Edition$
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Peter J. Hogarth

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716549.001.0001

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Measuring and Modelling

Measuring and Modelling

(p.151) 8 Measuring and Modelling
The Biology of Mangroves and Seagrasses, Third Edition

Peter J. Hogarth

Oxford University Press

To understand an ecosystem fully, it is necessary to quantify flows of energy and matter. This requires measurement of standing crop biomass and growth of mangrove trees, primary production, and the fate of net primary production (leaves, reproductive matter, wood). Processing of leaf litter by crabs and gastropod molluscs, and its microbial breakdown, are particularly important in mangrove ecosystems. Similarly, in seagrasses, biomass, primary production, and the fate of biomass can be measured. With quantitative information ecosystem models can be developed, which give a deeper understanding of ecosystem dynamics.

Keywords:   standing crop biomass, primary production, litter production, carbon flow, leaf-eating crabs, decomposition, modelling, mangrove, seagrass, food web

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