Past research has focused on many components of estuarine and coastal ecosystems such as hydrology, vegetation and floral and faunal interactions. The substrate, which supports a wide variety of benthic invertebrates and submerged aquatic vegetation, has largely been ignored or not detailed enough to be of ecological significance. Subaqueous soil interpretations offer an excellent approach to the management and conservation of these resources.
The need for coastal zone mapping to inform policy makers and management is important for mitigating hazards, creating resource inventories, and tracking environmental changes. Developing soil interpretations for these areas will encourage new partnerships and assist all of us in making wise decisions concerning our natural resources.