Ecohydrology Bearings - Invited Commentary
What do we still need to know about the ecohydrology of riparian zones?
Article first published online: 14 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 3, Issue 3, pages 373–377, September 2010
How to Cite
Burt, T., Pinay, G. and Sabater, S. (2010), What do we still need to know about the ecohydrology of riparian zones?. Ecohydrol., 3: 373–377. doi: 10.1002/eco.140
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 14 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Received: 23 MAR 2010
- riparian zone;
- nitrogen cycling
Riparian zones have become increasingly important elements of river basin ecohydrology given their relevance of nutrient dynamics to water quality management. Most attention has been given to nitrogen cycling, denitrification in particular, but new processes have emerged as potentially important and need to be evaluated. Riparian zones are sensitive locations, so it is important to understand the impact of changes that can fundamentally alter their ecosystem processes and responses. Better understanding of how riparian buffering varies in time and space provides the basis for a catchment-scale approach, but it seems likely that low-order basins will remain the focus for research and management, given that low-order basins constitute the majority of basin area. Finally, it is argued that new ecohydrological indicators are needed that combine innovative biogeochemical parameters and landscape connectivity measures. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.