The Future of Forest Watershed Research

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Vose, J.; Sun, G.; Ford, C.; et al. 2011. Forest ecohydrological research in the 21st century: what are the critical needs? Ecohydrology 4(2):146-158.

Ecohydrology involves understanding the interactions among vegetation, soils, and hydrologic processes at multiple scales. The article focuses on threats to the structure and function of forested watersheds—and to the quality of water they produce—from climate and land use changes and invasive species. The authors propose five areas that future ecohydrological research should focus on in light of these threats: (1) understanding watershed responses to climate change and variability; (2) understanding watershed responses to losses of native species or additions of non-native species; (3) developing integrated models that capitalize on long-term data; (4) linking ecohydrologic processes across scales; and (5) managing forested watersheds to adapt to climate change.

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