Midcontinent Prairie-Pothole wetlands and climate change: An Introduction to the Supplemental Issue

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Abstract

The multitude of wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America forms one of Earth’s largest wetland complexes. The midcontinent location exposes this ecologically and economically important wetland system to a highly variable climate, markedly influencing ponded-water levels, hydroperiods, chemical characteristics, and biota of individual basins. Given their dominance on the landscape and recognized value, great interest in how projected future changes in climate will affect prairie-pothole wetlands has developed and spawned much scientific research. On June 2, 2015, a special symposium, “Midcontinent Prairie-Pothole Wetlands: Influence of a Changed Climate,” was held at the annual meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The symposium’s twelve presenters covered a wide range of relevant topics delivered to a standing-room-only audience. Following the symposium, the presenters recognized the need to publish their presented papers as a combined product to facilitate widespread distribution. The need for additional papers to more fully cover the topic of prairie-pothole wetlands and climate change was also identified. This supplemental issue of Wetlands is the realization of that vision.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Midcontinent Prairie-Pothole wetlands and climate change: An Introduction to the Supplemental Issue
Series title Wetlands
DOI 10.1007/s13157-016-0852-6
Volume 36
Issue s2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 6 p.
First page 223
Last page 228
Country United States
Other Geospatial Prairie Pothole Region