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Monitoring Ecosystem Quality and Function in Arid Settings of the Mojave Desert

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2008

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Belnap, Jayne, Webb, Robert H, Miller, Mark E, Miller, David M, DeFalco, Lesley A, Medica, Philip A, Brooks, Matthew L, Esque, Todd C, and Bedford, Dave, 2008, Monitoring Ecosystem Quality and Function in Arid Settings of the Mojave Desert: Geological Survey (U.S.), v. SIR - 2008.

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Monitoring ecosystem quality and function in the Mojave Desert is both a requirement of state and Federal government agencies and a means for determining potential long-term changes induced by climatic fluctuations and land use. Because it is not feasible to measure every attribute and process in the desert ecosystem, the choice of what to measure and where to measure it is the most important starting point of any monitoring program. In the Mojave Desert, ecosystem function is strongly influenced by both abiotic and biotic factors, and an understanding of the temporal and spatial variability induced by climate and landform development is needed to determine where site-specific measurements should be made. We review a wide variety of [...]

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Added to ScienceBase on Fri Apr 19 09:48:33 MDT 2013 by processing file <b>Landscape Change in the Southwest.xml</b> in item <a href="https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/5042163ae4b04b508bfd3339">https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/5042163ae4b04b508bfd3339</a>

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