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25 August 2017 Redefining the Seasons in the Términos Lagoon Region of Southeastern México: May Is a Transition Month, Not a Dry Month
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Guerra-Santos, J.J. and Kahl, J.D.W., 2018. Redefining the seasons in the Términos Lagoon region of southeastern México: May is a transition month, not a dry month.The Términos Lagoon is the largest estuary in Mexico, with numerous important animal and plant interrelationships. Its dominant feature is the largest mangrove surface in Latin America. A Natural Protected Area under Mexican law as well as an internationally recognized Ramsar site, this unique ecosystem is a frequent location for research projects concerning marine, wetlands, and terrestrial ecosystems. Located in the southern Gulf of Mexico and characterized by a tropical climate, the primary characteristic determining the region's meteorological seasons is the annual variation in rainfall. In 1982, an oft-cited article was published that defined the seasons as dry (February–May), wet (June–September), and an overlapping season of “nortes” or winter storms (October–March). Here evidence is presented, on the basis of an analysis of diverse meteorological parameters including 220 station-years of rainfall observations in the region, that May should be considered a transitional month, not part of the dry season. Because sampling and analysis protocols are often based on the definition of meteorological seasons, this result has implications for a wide range of environmental science research in the Términos Lagoon region.
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Jesús J. Guerra-Santos and Jonathan D.W. Kahl "Redefining the Seasons in the Términos Lagoon Region of Southeastern México: May Is a Transition Month, Not a Dry Month," Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) 34(1), (25 August 2017). https://doi.org/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-16-00114.1
Received: 16 June 2016; Accepted: 1 February 2017; Published: 25 August 2017
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