2. Wetland Criteria

  1. James Sandusky Aber1,
  2. Firooza Pavri2 and
  3. Susan Ward Aber3

Published Online: 27 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118349540.ch2

Wetland environments: A Global Perspective

Wetland environments: A Global Perspective

How to Cite

Aber, J. S., Pavri, F. and Aber, S. W. (2012) Wetland Criteria, in Wetland environments: A Global Perspective, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118349540.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Emporia State University, Kansas, USA

  2. 2

    University of Southern Maine, USA

  3. 3

    San José State University, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198417

Online ISBN: 9781118349540



  • wetland criteria, defining wetlands becoming complex issues;
  • mire, and wetlands with peat accumulation;
  • water/soil/vegetation of wetland, the triad for a wetland definition;
  • water as the primary ingredient for wetlands;
  • key conditions of soil, water logging and saturation;
  • iron content in soils, on pH and Eh combination;
  • hydrophytes, special adaptations with submergence/anaerobic;
  • wetland vegetation, distinct spatial zones to water depth/salinity;
  • palustrine system of wetland, dominant vegetation cover and peat;
  • wetland habitats, and anthropogenic influence or modification


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definitions

  • Water

  • Soil

  • Vegetation

  • Wetland classification

  • Peatland

  • Anthropogenic dimensions of wetlands

  • Summary