Our recently published a synthetic review on costal and estuarine ecosystem services appears in the May (2011) issue of Ecological Monographs. Our working group includes experts that range a variety of different ecosystems (Edward B. Barbier, Sally D. Hacker, Chris Kennedy, Evamaria W. Koch, Adrian C. Stier (me), and Brian R. Silliman). We review the main ecological services across a variety of ecosystems, including marshes, mangroves, nearshore coral reefs, seagrass beds, and sand beaches and dunes. Where possible, we indicate estimates of the key economic values arising from these services, and discuss how the natural variability of estuary and coastal ecosystems (ECEs) impacts their benefits, the synergistic relationships of ECEs across seascapes, and management implications.
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