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Wetlands: crop freezes and land-use change in Florida

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DOI: 10.1038/426029a

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Abstract

Draining the state's southern wetlands may have raised the incidence of harmful frosts.
South Florida experienced a significant change in land usage during the twentieth century, including the conversion of natural wetlands into agricultural land for the cultivation of winter vegetable, sugar cane and citrus crops. This movement of agriculture from more northerly areas was intended partly to escape the risk of damaging winter freezes. Here we present evidence from a case study using a coupled atmosphere and land-surface computer-modelling system that suggests that the draining of wetlands may have inadvertently increased the frequency and severity of agriculturally damaging freezes in the south of Florida.

 

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Wetlands: crop freezes and land-use change in Florida
Series title:
Nature
DOI:
10.1038/426029a
Volume
426
Issue:
6962
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
First page:
29
Last page:
30
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N