Monitoring Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem wetlands: Can long-term monitoring help us understand their future?

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Abstract

In the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), changes in the drying cycles of wetlands have been documented. Wetlands are areas where the water table is at or near the land surface and standing shallow water is present for much or all of the growing season. We discuss how monitoring data can be used to document variation in annual flooding and drying patterns of wetlands monitored across Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, investigate how these patterns are related to a changing climate, and explore how drying of wetlands may impact amphibians. The documented declines of some amphibian species are of growing concern to scientists and land managers alike, in part because disappearances have occurred in some of the most protected places. These disappearances are a recognized component of what is being described as Earth’s sixth mass extinction.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Monitoring Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem wetlands: Can long-term monitoring help us understand their future?
Series title Yellowstone Science
Volume 23
Issue 1
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Yellowstone Association for Natural Science
Publisher location Yellowstone National Park, WY
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 10 p.
First page 44
Last page 53
Country United States
State Wyoming
Other Geospatial Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park
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