Special Issue "Ecological Watershed Management"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2013)
Prof. Dr. Keith Smettem
School of Environmental Systems Engineering, The University of Western Australia (M015), 35 Stirling Highway, CRAWLEY WA 6009, Australia
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Interests: water and chemical transport processes; riparian zones; ecohydrology; runoff and land use change; ecological watershed response to climate change
In recent decades watershed management has seen a paradigm shift from predominantly supply-based considerations of water quantity and quality to broader considerations of the ecological services provided by watersheds and a more holistic perspective interested in understanding and managing feedbacks between hydrological and ecological processes. In addition, attempts have been made to value multiple environmental services that arise from changes in watershed management.
Land use and climate change exert significant impacts on the ecology and hydrology of watersheds. The signals can be reinforcing (increased runoff from deforestation in a wetting climate) or opposing (decreasing runoff in a drying climate), depending on location. We have also entered a period where the stationarity of climate cannot be assumed and where there is evidence of increasing fluctuation between extremes.
We seek to understand how to observe and account for these processes in the ecological management of watersheds for the benefit of future generations and so this issue brings together both theoretical and applied studies on watershed eco-hydrological responses to land use and climate change.
Prof. Dr. Keith Smettem
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- water and chemical transport processes
- riparian zones
- runoff and land use change
- ecological watershed response to climate change