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Vegetation and Geomorphic Connectivity in Mountain Fluvial Systems

Department of Geography and GIS, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 1301 W Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Academic Editor: Achim A. Beylich
Water 2021, 13(5), 593; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050593
Received: 3 December 2020 / Revised: 3 February 2021 / Accepted: 12 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fluvial Processes and Denudation)
Rivers are complex biophysical systems, constantly adjusting to a suite of changing governing conditions, including vegetation cover within their basins. This review seeks to: (i) highlight the crucial role that vegetation’s influence on the efficiency of clastic material fluxes (geomorphic connectivity) plays in defining mountain fluvial landscape’s behavior; and (ii) identify key challenges which hinder progress in the understanding of this subject. To this end, a selective literature review is carried out to illustrate the pervasiveness of the plants’ effects on geomorphic fluxes within channel networks (longitudinal connectivity), as well as between channels and the broader landscape (lateral connectivity). Taken together, the reviewed evidence lends support to the thesis that vegetation-connectivity linkages play a central role in regulating geomorphic behavior of mountain fluvial systems. The manuscript is concluded by a brief discussion of the need for the integration of mechanistic research into the local feedbacks between plants and sediment fluxes with basin-scale research that considers emergent phenomena. View Full-Text
Keywords: fluvial system; geomorphic connectivity; riparian vegetation; biogeomorphology; mountain rivers fluvial system; geomorphic connectivity; riparian vegetation; biogeomorphology; mountain rivers
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Cienciala, P. Vegetation and Geomorphic Connectivity in Mountain Fluvial Systems. Water 2021, 13, 593. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050593

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Cienciala, Piotr. 2021. "Vegetation and Geomorphic Connectivity in Mountain Fluvial Systems" Water 13, no. 5: 593. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050593

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