Vegetation-hydrology models: implications for management of Prosopis velutina (velvet mesquite) riparian ecosystems

Juliet Stromberg, S. D. Wilkins, J. A. Tress

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    Abstract

    Models for P. velutina stands across a xeric-to-mesic moisture gradient expressed canopy height, basal area, leaf area index, vegetation volume, and leaflet area as functions of plant water potential, and they expressed plant water potential and riparian stand structure as functions of water table depth. Stand structure was strongly related to water availability. Management applications of the models in the US Southwest include the ability 1) to identify minimum water-table depths for riparian stand maintenance and 2) to detect stressful hydrological conditions, via water potential measurements, before the onset of structural degradation. -from Authors

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)307-314
    Number of pages8
    JournalEcological Applications
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecology

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