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Geomorphic controls on Great Basin riparian vegetation at the watershed and process zone scales


Engelhardt, Blake Meneken. 2009. Geomorphic controls on Great Basin riparian vegetation at the watershed and process zone scales. Reno, NV: University of Nevada. 87 p. Thesis.

Riparian ecosystems supply valuable resources in all landscapes, but especially in semiarid regions such as the Great Basin of the western United States. Over half of Great Basin streams are thought to be in poor ecological condition and further deterioration is of significant concern to stakeholders. A thorough understanding of how physical processes acting at multiple scales work independently and interactively to shape riparian communities is necessary for successful management and restoration. I investigated: 1) geomorphic influences on riparian vegetation pattern at the watershed scale; 2) the ecological significance of process zones, a hydrogeomorphic classification scheme; and 3) relationships between geomorphic characteristics, riparian community distribution, and plant species abundances.

Keywords: geomorphic controls, riparian, watershed, vegetation, physical processes, Great Basin


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Geomorphic controls on Great Basin riparian vegetation at the watershed and process zone scales
Electronic Publish Date: September 13, 2010
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September 13, 2010

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