[HCG31-P01] Emerging influences of rapid sea-level rise on Micronesian mangrove forests: Ground level dynamics in the main communities and prop roots dynamics of a Rhizophora stylosa community
Keywords:Mangrove forest, Mangrove peat, Sea-level rise, Surface erosion, Forest dynamics
We will report first the ground level dynamics for the main mangrove communities in Pohnpei based on the observation data using the erosion/accumulation observation piles installed into the peat deposits up to the base and secondary the forest dynamics including prop roots of a R. stylosa community using the monitoring data for 16 years from 2003 to 2019.
We set five stainless piles with 5 mm in diameter for each observation plot. The observation plots were established seaward and landward sites of four permanent plots, i.e., PR , PC, PS and PK, whose dominant species are R. stylosa, R. apiculata, Sonneratia alba and Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, respectively. The landward plot of PK was set between buttress roots of Xylocarpus granatum. The ground level dynamics rate (cm/year) of seaward and landward sites for each plot was 0.76±0.48 and 0.28±0.34 for PR, 0.34±0.22 and 0.23±0.19 for PC, -0.28±0.68 and -0.04±0.36 for PS, -0.42±0.56 and 0.01±0.14 for PK. Namely, accumulation trend in Rhizophora communities and erosion trend in Sonneratia and Bruguiera communities were observed.
The aboveground biomass of PR was estimated using the allometric equation of Komiyama et al. (1988) for R. stylosa except prop roots and Komiyama et al. (2005) for B. gyminorrhiza. The biomass of densely developed prop roots of R. stylosa was estimated by the following procedure because the existed allometric equations are inaplicable, i.e.,1) 5 meters square plots were set at seaward side, central part and landward side of PR, 2) the length and diameter were measured for all prop roots, which were divided into lignified hard one and unlignified soft one, in each plot and the total volume was calculated, and 3) the prop roots biomass was calculated by multiplying the each volume on the each density.
The aboveground biomass in PR increased from 235 t/ha (R. stylosa: 212 t/ha, B. gymnorrhiza: 23 t/ha) at 2003 to 327 t/ha (R. stylosa: 304 t/ha, B. gymonorrhiza: 23 t/ha) at 2019. The prop roots biomass of R. stylosa increased from 120 t/ha at 2003 to 198 t/ha at 2019. The soft roots increased constantly from 2 t/ha to 41 t/ha during the 16 years, while the hard roots decreased from 137 t/ha to 87 t/ha between 2011 and 2015 and increased again to 158 t/ha at 2019. The total prop roots biomass also decreased between 2011 and 2015 with the decrease of hard ones. The prop roots dynamics possible suggests that the R. stylosa forests are trying to maintain the ground level by accelerating the mangrove peat accumulation rate against the rapid sea-level rise by producing much more new prop roots.