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Ecohydrological role of biological soil crusts across a gradient in levels of development

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Whitney, K. M., Vivoni, E. R., Duniway, M. C., Bradford, J. B., Reed, S. C., and Belnap, J. (2017) Ecohydrological Role of Biological Soil Crusts Across a Gradient in Levels of Development. Ecohydrol., doi: 10.1002/eco.1875.

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Though biological soil crusts (biocrusts) form abundant covers in arid and semiarid regions, their competing effects on soil hydrologic conditions are rarely accounted for in models. This study presents the modification of a soil water balance model to account for the presence of biocrusts at different levels of development (LOD) and their impact on one-dimensional hydrologic processes during warm and cold seasons. The model is developed, tested, and applied to study the hydrologic controls of biocrusts in context of a long-term manipulative experiment equipped with meteorological and soil moisture measurements in a Colorado Plateau ecosystem near Moab, Utah. The climate manipulation treatments resulted in distinct biocrust communities, [...]

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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.1002/eco.1875
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