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Ecohydrological Interactions in Forested Wetlands

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Ecohydrology explores patterns and functions that emerge from reciprocal interactions among hydrological and ecological processes. The field largely started in water-limited systems, with a focus on soil moisture and plant water use as the integrating variables for interactions among climate, soil properties, ...

Ecohydrology explores patterns and functions that emerge from reciprocal interactions among hydrological and ecological processes. The field largely started in water-limited systems, with a focus on soil moisture and plant water use as the integrating variables for interactions among climate, soil properties, and plant physiology. More recently, inquiry has focused on wetland landscapes, with a broader examination of hydrologic controls (inundation, flows, and biogeochemical conditions) and their influence on plant and microbial processes. These influences cascade to vegetation composition and productivity, organic matter accumulation, and nutrient cycling, driving emergent patterns (e.g., microtopographic variation) and processes (e.g., evapotranspiration rates) that in turn regulate hydrologic regimes and form the basis of wetland ecosystems.

In this Research Topic, we welcome research focused on ecohydrological interactions in all types of forested wetlands and encourage topics that fully integrate hydrologic regimes, ecological processes, and resulting outcomes for wetland structure and function. Research that brings together findings across a diversity of environmental conditions (e.g., climate, hydrogeomorphology), disturbances (e.g., extreme flood and drought, hydrologic alteration), and ecological attributes (e.g., productivity, community composition) to highlight generalizable drivers and site-specific outcomes is particularly welcome. Manuscripts presenting original research, synthesis, or commentary are invited.


Keywords: Forested wetlands, Ecohydrology, Ecological processes, Forest disturbance, Forest Hydrology, Plant water use


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