Complex landscapes and extreme precipitation events: the role of forests in mitigating responses
The increased risk of floods due to both heavier precipitation events and increased urbanization underscores the importance of forests as hydrologic regulators. While it is clear that climate change mitigation will require substantial international cooperation, conservation of forested areas could play a large role in climate adaptation strategies at the watershed scale.In the Yadkin Pee Dee River basin in North Carolina, watersheds with a high proportion of forest area converted to developed uses will be the most vulnerable to future climatic regimes, especially high flows. More specifically, models suggest that a hotter and wetter future climate will overwhelm the ability of the forest land areas to protect against flooding during wet periods or to sustain baseflow during dry periods.
|Assessment of hydrologic vulnerability to urbanization and climate change in a rapidly changing watershed in the Southeast U.S.||(publication)|
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