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How Will Hydrologic Change Alter Riparian Plant Communities of the Arid and Semi-Arid Southwest? The Problem Approached from Two Perspectives

Abstract Climate change has the potential to affect vegetation via changes in temperature and precipitation. In the semi-arid southwestern United States, heightened temperatures will likely lead to accelerated groundwater pumping to meet human needs, and altered storm patterns may lead to changes in flood regimes. All of these hydrologic changes have the potential to alter riparian vegetation. This research, consisting of two papers, examines relationships between hydrology and riparian vegetation along the Verde River in central Arizona, from applied and theoretical perspectives. One paper investigates how dominance of tree and shrub species and cover of certain functional groups change along hydrologic gradients. The other paper uses the Verde Riv... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Hazelton, Andrea Florence (Author) / Stromberg, Juliet C (Advisor) / Schmeeckle, Mark W (Committee member) / Franklin, Janet (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ecology / Plant biology / ecohydrology / environmental flows / Grime life history strategies / leaf economics spectrum / plant functional traits / Verde River
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 90 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Plant Biology 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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