2008
DOI: 10.1590/s1519-69842008000500006
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Abstract: Neotropical coastal lagoons (NCL) are human-dominated ecosystems. Their distribution along densely populated coastal areas of developing countries makes these systems among the most threatened in the world. Here, we summarize some aspects of the causes and consequences of NCL biodiversity, their functioning, their importance to the surrounding populations, their fragility, and their responses to local and global anthropogenic impacts and the challenges that Neotropical countries face in conserving these system… Show more

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“…A great number of coastal lagoons might occur within a relatively small area, which guarantees a greater similarity in their respective exposition to broad-scale regional factors such as climate, surrounding edaphic conditions and sea proximity. On the other hand, coastal lagoons are physiographically diversified systems, ranging in a variety of sizes, morphometries, water chemistry characteristics, landscape positions and trophic status (reviewed in Esteves et al, 2008). For instance, hypersaline and freshwater lagoons can be found side-by-side depending on the relative strength of the particular drivers of their hydrological balance, such as local precipitation, watershed inflow, evaporation and intrusion of seawater by percolation through or overtop the sand barrier (Kjerfve, 1994).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…A great number of coastal lagoons might occur within a relatively small area, which guarantees a greater similarity in their respective exposition to broad-scale regional factors such as climate, surrounding edaphic conditions and sea proximity. On the other hand, coastal lagoons are physiographically diversified systems, ranging in a variety of sizes, morphometries, water chemistry characteristics, landscape positions and trophic status (reviewed in Esteves et al, 2008). For instance, hypersaline and freshwater lagoons can be found side-by-side depending on the relative strength of the particular drivers of their hydrological balance, such as local precipitation, watershed inflow, evaporation and intrusion of seawater by percolation through or overtop the sand barrier (Kjerfve, 1994).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Coastal lagoons and their surrounding environments frequently form complex mosaics of aquatic and terrestrial ecossystems that harbor high biodiversity (Esteves et al, 2008). The high productivity of such wetlands provides essencial ecosystemic services to humankind such as water supply and fishing resources (Esteves et al, 2008).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The high productivity of such wetlands provides essencial ecosystemic services to humankind such as water supply and fishing resources (Esteves et al, 2008). One of the largest complex of lagoons in the Neotropical region is found in the southern coast of Brazil, ranging from southern Santa Catarina state to southern Rio Grande do Sul state (Burger, 1999).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…These environments occupy 13% of coastal areas in the world (Barnes 1980) and support a range of highly valued ecological services (Anthony et al 2009). In addition, transitional environments are among the most biologically productive environments of our planet and harbor a rich and unique biodiversity (Esteves et al 2008;Whitfield et al 2008).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Climate change, in addition to anthropogenic pertubations such as artificial opening of sandbars and building of drainage canals, can promote, for instance, drying and salinization (Esteves et al 2008). Gomez Gesteira (2003) characterizes water residence time as an important physical variable in estuaries and coastal lagoons and a useful tool for studying the quality of its waters.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%