Riparian Landscapes

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Cambridge University Press, May 27, 1993 - Nature - 296 pages
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Riparian Landscapes examines the ecological systems of streamside and floodplain areas from the perspective of landscape ecology. The specific spatial pattern of riparian vegetation is seen as a result of, and a control on, the ecological, geomorphological, and hydrological processes that operate along rivers. Riparian structures are controlled by the spatial dynamics of channels, flooding and soil moisture. These dynamics are part of integrated cascades of water, sediment, nutrients and carbon, to which animal and plant species respond in ways that illuminate community structure and competition. The role of the riparian zone in controlling species distribution and abundance is discussed. Intelligent management of these valuable ecological resources is highlighted. The potential for linking hydrological, geomorphological and ecological simulation models is also explored. This book will be of interest to graduate and professional research workers in environmental science, ecology and physical geography.
 

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Contents

1 Principles considered
1
2 Riparian topics
12
3 Landscape structure
38
4 Internal structure
75
5 Cascades of material and energy
130
6 Species dynamics
178
7 Organizing the landscape
204
References
228
Index
287
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