Characterization of peat soil hydraulic conductivity and its dependence on vegetation type in mountain wetlands
Peat-forming wetlands enhance biodiversity and provide carbon storage in mountain environments. Persistence of these wetlands requires sustained water inflows. Reduced or altered inflows associated with climate change could lower the water table, potentially resulting in peat oxidation and carbon release to the atmosphere, as well as the loss of wetland plant and animal species. An understanding of the hydrology and site hydraulic properties is necessary to manage mountain wetlands and assess their vulnerability to climate change. This study characterized the hydraulic conductivity of wetland ...
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