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Tamarix, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology: Chapter 7

January 1, 2013

This chapter explores the impact of hydrology and fluvial geomorphology on the distribution and abundance of Tamarix as well as the reciprocal effects of Tamarix on hydrologic and geomorphic conditions. It examines whether flow-regime alteration favors Tamarix establishment over native species, and how Tamarix stands modify processes involved in the narrowing of river channels and the formation of floodplains. It begins with an overview of the basic geomorphic and hydrologic character of rivers in the western United States before analyzing how this setting has contributed to the regional success of Tamarix. It then considers the influence of Tamarix on the hydrogeomorphic form and function of rivers and concludes by discussing how a changing climate, vegetation management, and continued water-resource development affect the future role of Tamarix in these ecosystems.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title Tamarix, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology: Chapter 7
DOI 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898206.001.0001
Authors Daniel A. Auerbach, David M. Merritt, Patrick B. Shafroth
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70006283
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center