Factors affecting an invasive marsh plant in Chesapeake Bay
Track: Environmental Management
Authors: Ben Sciance
We analyzed digital maps of Chesapeake Bay to quantify land use, shoreline hardening, and the occurrence of an invasive marsh plant (Phragmites australis). In statistical models based on the summarized spatial data, shoreline disturbances (such as hardening) and agricultural or developed land use increase the probability of Phragmites presence. Phragmites invasion is less likely in areas with more forested land and natural shorelines.