Ecohydrology: Vegetation Function, Water and Resource Management
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- 2006, 1
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This book is not a textbook on Australian ecology. The purpose of this text is to reveal and discuss the links between vegetation function and water in landscapes - that is, to discuss ecohydrology.We focus primarily (but not exclusively) on the interactions among the woody components of vegetation, rainfall and changes in groundwater availability.Woody vegetation is the focus because of the centrality of changes in woody vegetation cover to the ecohydrology of Australia over the past 100 to 200 years. Furthermore we focus on vegetation function (ecophysiology) rather than structure, because it is the functioning of vegetation that influences hydrology inthe first instance. Although this book uses Australian examples,the principles, philosophy and methodological approach are applicable worldwide.
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