Castellanos-Galindo, Gustavo A., Kluger, Lotta C., Camargo, Maria A., Cantera, Jaime, Mancera Pineda, José Ernesto, Blanco-Libreros, Juan F. and Wolff, Matthias (2021) Mangrove research in Colombia: Temporal trends, geographical coverage and research gaps. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science . p. 106799. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106799.

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Abstract

Mangroves are prevalent coastal ecosystems along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Colombia, with several structural features and service provisions that make them important regionally and globally. Despite this importance and the existence of national laws to protect them, research on these ecosystems has been historically scarce if compared to the terrestrial ecosystems of the country. Here, we analyse historical trends of mangrove research in Colombia for the time period 1900 until 2018. To do so, a systematic literature search was carried out based on the Web of Science (WoS), Scopus and Google Scholar scientific citation databases. A noticeable increase in the number of mangrove studies in Colombia was found in the 2001–2010 decade. Although the Colombian Pacific contains ca. 80% of the country's mangroves, a greater number of mangrove studies has been conducted on the Caribbean coast. Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, a degraded but productive coastal lagoon, is by far the most studied mangrove site in Colombia. Google Scholar was able to capture ∼10 times more studies (mostly grey literature and peer reviewed articles in Spanish) than the Web of Science and Scopus databases, indicating the need to include this type of information in systematic reviews. We propose that future mangrove research in Colombia should prioritize: (1) historically understudied areas where degradation threats are strongest (e.g. near planned infrastructure projects), (2) areas poorly examined but likely to contain healthy, carbon-rich and tall mangroves (e.g. most of the Pacific coast) and (3) interdisciplinary studies that provide for a more holistic social-ecological understanding of Colombian mangrove systems. Our broad synthesis approach is applicable to other countries or regions with extensive mangrove areas and it is likely to help scoping future research and conservation efforts in these ecosystems.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Affiliations > Not ZMT

Theoretical Ecology and Modelling > Resource Management
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106799
ISSN: 02727714
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2020 11:35
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 15:30
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/3853

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