Effects of the 2011 tsunami on the topography, vegetation, and macrobenthic fauna in Gamo Lagoon, Japan

  title={Effects of the 2011 tsunami on the topography, vegetation, and macrobenthic fauna in Gamo Lagoon, Japan},
  author={Gen Kanaya and Kosaku Yoshino and Hideaki Maki and Yasuo Nakamura and Y. Miyajima and Eisuke Kikuchi},
Gamo Lagoon (Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan), a shallow brackish lagoon, was struck by a 7.2-m-high tsunami on 11 March 2011. In order to assess the tsunami-induced changes in the ecosystem of Gamo Lagoon, we examined the topography and distribution of plants and macrobenthos between April and August, 2011, and compared them with available pre-tsunami data. The submerged area decreased from 17.3 to 11.8 ha, sand dune vegetation from 8.6 to 0.1 ha, pine forest from 4.2 to 2.0 ha, and… CONTINUE READING


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