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Takashi Sakamaki and John S. Richardson Nonlinear variation of stream–forest linkage along a stream-size gradient: an assessment using biogeochemical proxies of in-stream fine particulate organic matter Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 23 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12099

The relationship of biogeochemical proxies of in-stream fine particulate organic matter with local environments can be a practical tool for measuring the strength of stream-forest linkage. Furthermore, regional- and stream-specific threshold stream widths dividing in-stream biogeochemical regimes can be an important landmark for ecologists and managers to refine designs for stream research and management at appropriate spatial scales. For stream widths narrower than a threshold, reach-scale linkages between stream and terrestrial environments can be a major focus, and riparian conditions need to be carefully managed to protect stream habitats. For stream widths wider than a threshold, catchment impacts on streams at larger spatial scales would be a more important focus.

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