Title

Integrating Geographically Isolated Wetlands into Land Management Decisions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2017

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1504

Abstract

Wetlands across the globe provide extensive ecosystem services. However, many wetlands – especially those surrounded by uplands, often referred to as geographically isolated wetlands (GIWs) – remain poorly protected. Protection and restoration of wetlands frequently requires information on their hydrologic connectivity to other surface waters, and their cumulative watershed‐scale effects. The integration of measurements and models can supply this information. However, the types of measurements and models that should be integrated are dependent on management questions and information compatibility. We summarize the importance of GIWs in watersheds and discuss what wetland connectivity means in both science and management contexts. We then describe the latest tools available to quantify GIW connectivity and explore crucial next steps to enhancing and integrating such tools. These advancements will ensure that appropriate tools are used in GIW decision making and maintaining the important ecosystem services that these wetlands support.

Comments

Complete list of authors: Ali A Ameli, Jay R Christensen, Grey R Evenson, Charles N Jones, Charles R Lane, Megan Lang

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, v. 15, issue 6, p. 319-327

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