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Ecohydrological interfaces as hot spots of ecosystem processes


Krause, S and Lewandowski, J and Grimm, NB and Hannah, DM and Pinay, G and McDonald, K and Marti, E and Argerich, A and Pfister, L and Klaus, J and Battin, T and Lamed, ST and Schelker, J and Fleckenstein, J and Schmidt, C and Rivett, MO and Watts, G and Sabater, F and Sorolla, A and Turk, V, Ecohydrological interfaces as hot spots of ecosystem processes, Water Resources Research, 53 pp. 6359-6376. ISSN 0043-1397 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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© 2017. American Geophysical Union

DOI: doi:10.1002/2016WR019516


The movement of water, matter, organisms, and energy can be altered substantially at ecohydrological interfaces, the dynamic transition zones that often develop within ecotones or boundaries between adjacent ecosystems. Interdisciplinary research over the last two decades has indicated that ecohydrological interfaces are often ‘‘hot spots’’ of ecological, biogeochemical, and hydrological processes and may provide refuge for biota during extreme events. Ecohydrological interfaces can have significant impact on global hydrological and biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, pollutant removal, and ecosystem resilience to disturbance. The organizational principles (i.e., the drivers and controls) of spatially and temporally variable processes at ecohydrological interfaces are poorly understood and require the integrated analysis of hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological processes. Our rudimentary understanding of the interactions between different drivers and controls critically limits our ability to predict complex system responses to change. In this paper, we explore similarities and contrasts in the functioning of diverse freshwater ecohydrological interfaces across spatial and temporal scales. We use this comparison to develop an integrated, interdisciplinary framework, including a roadmap for analyzing ecohydrological processes and their interactions in ecosystems. We argue that, in order to fully account for their nonlinear process dynamics, ecohydrological interfaces need to be conceptualized as unique, spatially and temporally dynamic entities, which represents a step change from their current representation as boundary conditions at investigated ecosystems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biogeochemistry, hydrology
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Hydrology
Research Field:Ecohydrology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:McDonald, K (Ms Karlie McDonald)
ID Code:154685
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:106
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2022-12-21
Last Modified:2023-01-12

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