Semi-quantitative models developed for tidal fringe wetlands. These models are available in a report by Shafer and Yozzo (1998).
- Tidal surge attenuation: the capacity of a wetland to reduce the amplitude of storm surges.
- Tidal nutrient and organic carbon exchange: the ability of a wetland to import and export nutrients and organic carbon.
- Sediment deposition: deposition and retention of inorganic and organic particulates from the water column.
- Maintenance of characteristic plant community composition and structure: a wetland's ability to support a native plant community of characteristic species composition and structure.
- Resident nekton utilization: describes potential utilization of the wetland by resident fishes and macrocrustaceans.
- Nonresident nekton utilization: describes potential utilization of the wetland by resident fishes and macrocrustaceans.
- Nekton prey pool: describes potential of a wetland to produce and maintain a characteristic benthic and epibenthic invertebrate prey pool.
- Wildlife habitat utilization: describes potential use of the wetland by resident and migratory avifauna, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.