Instream flow models for mixed deciduous riparian vegetation within a semiarid region

Juliet Stromberg

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    Empirical evidence from the Verde River basin, Arizona indicated that abundance and species richness of mixed deciduous riparian forests varied in a curvilinear and quantifiable fashion as a function of stream flow parameters. Three indicators of riparian abundance (foliage area, stem basal area and stand width) increased most significantly with growing season flow volume. Tree species richness varied in a bell curve fashion with flood size, with the greatest richness occurring at streams with intermediate flood magnitudes. These instream flow models have management implications for riparian habitats. They suggest that flow volume (and the related attributes of water-table recharge and floodplain soil wetting) is the primary factor regulating riparian vegetation abundance in the Verde River watershed, and provide a first approximation of the extent of riparian loss expected from flow diversion or other types of flow reduction. -from Author

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationRegulated Rivers: Research & Management
    Number of pages11
    StatePublished - 1993

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
    • General Environmental Science


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