Species compositions and spatial distribution of coastal dune vegetation under beach development along the genkai sea coast of itoshima peninsula, fukuoka, japan

Chen Zhang, Satoquo Seino, Mitsuhiro Aizu-Hirano, Terumi Hirano

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Abstract

Coastal dune vegetation is currently under threat of extinction in many places. In that context, this study implemented two investigations along the Genkai Sea coast of the Itoshima Peninsula, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan First, a survey of plant species composition was done at three beaches (Nagahama, Keya and Niginohama), in order to (1) valuate the state of coastal vegetation under different beach development conditions, and (2) identify how human impacts such as beach development affect plant species in coastal dunes. The survey results revealed (1) similar plant species at Nagahama and Niginohama, where the beach development rate has been relatively low, in contrast to (2) different plant composition at Keya, specifically more terrestrial plants where the development rate has been high. Second, the spatial distribution of ten representative beach plants was investigated at Nagahama in October 2018. The survey found that (a) Carex kobomugi Ohwi and Artemisia capillaris were distributed throughout the dunes, (b) Melanthera prostrata and Ixeris repens had high distribution along the shore, and (c) Sedum japonicum Siebold had high diversity near the pine forest. These results suggest that human disturbances and developments such as parking lot and beach house construction have reduced the habitat for plant species on the seaside. The positioning of some facilities, such as a seawall set-back at Keya and protection-forest at Nagahama, have some impacts on vegetation, such as enabling the intrusion of terrestrial plants and alien species. In order to conserve coastal dune vegetation, it is necessary to seek a balance between dune habitat and the seashore environment. In addition, more consideration can be given to the location of some facilities in order to avoid destroying the habitat of the coastal dune vegetation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAPAC 2019 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts
EditorsNguyen Trung Viet, Tran Thanh Tung, Dou Xiping
PublisherSpringer
Pages899-906
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789811502903
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event10th International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts, APAC 2019 - Hanoi, Viet Nam
Duration: Sep 25 2019Sep 28 2019

Publication series

NameAPAC 2019 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts, APAC 2019
Country/TerritoryViet Nam
CityHanoi
Period9/25/199/28/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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