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Vegetation ecogeomorphology, dynamic equilibrium, and disturbance

January 1, 2013

Early ecologists understood the need to document geomorphic form and process to explain plant species distributions. Although this relationship has been acknowledged for over a century, with the exception of a few landmark papers, only the past few decades have experienced intensive research on this interdisciplinary topic. Here the authors provide a summary of the intimate relations between vegetation and geomorphic/process on hillslopes and fluvial systems. These relations are separated into systems (primarily fluvial) in dynamic equilibrium and those that are in nonequilibrium conditions including the impacts of various human disturbances affecting landforms, geomorphic processes, and interrelated, attendant vegetation patterns and processes. The authors conclude with a conceptual model of stream regime focusing on sediment deposition, erosion, and equilibrium that can be expanded to organize and predict vegetation patterns and life history strategies.

Publication Year 2013
Title Vegetation ecogeomorphology, dynamic equilibrium, and disturbance
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00324-9
Authors Cliff R. Hupp, W. R. Osterkamp
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70044689
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Research Program - Eastern Branch