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The Ecology of Interfaces: Riparian Zones

Robert J. Naiman and Henri Decamps
Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics
Vol. 28 (1997), pp. 621-658
Published by: Annual Reviews
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2952507
Page Count: 38
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The Ecology of Interfaces: Riparian Zones
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Abstract

Riparian zones possess an unusually diverse array of species and environmental processes. The ecological diversity is related to variable flood regimes, geographically unique channel processes, altitudinal climate shifts, and upland influences on the fluvial corridor. The resulting dynamic environment supports a variety of life-history strategies, biogeochemical cycles and rates, and organisms adapted to disturbance regimes over broad spatial and temporal scales. Innovations in riparian zone management have been effective in ameliorating many ecological issues related to land use and environmental quality. Riparian zones play essential roles in water and landscape planning, in restoration of aquatic systems, and in catalyzing institutional and societal cooperation for these efforts.

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