The interactions between vegetation and erosion: new directions for research at the interface of ecology and geomorphology

Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
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Abstract

Vegetation and processes of erosion and deposition are interactive. An objective of this paper is to review selected studies that emphasize the interdependencies. The reviews suggest new directions for research uniting ecology and geomorphology – the sub‐discipline of biogeomorphology. The research, which recently has become vigorous, includes the sources, movement, and fates of fluvial loads of sediment, organic carbon, nutrients, contaminants, and woody debris to low‐energy storage sites; the function of biota in causing soil evolution, stability, and sequestration of carbon; the development of new methods to characterize watersheds based on edaphic conditions; and the refinement of current empirical and conceptual models and dendrochronological techniques to measure landscape change. These well acknowledged topics and others less well anticipated ensure that biogeomorphology will remain vibrant.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The interactions between vegetation and erosion: new directions for research at the interface of ecology and geomorphology
Series title Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
DOI 10.1002/esp.2173
Issue 37
Year Published 2011
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) WMA - Earth System Processes Division
Description 14 p.
First page 23
Last page 36