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Springs as hydrologic refugia in a changing climate? A remote‐sensing approach

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Cartwright, J. & Johnson, H.M. 2018. Springs as hydrologic refugia in a changing climate? A remote‐sensing approach. Ecosphere 9(3): e02155. doi:10.1002/ecs2.2155

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Spring‐fed wetlands are ecologically important habitats in arid and semi‐arid regions. Springs have been suggested as possible hydrologic refugia from droughts and climate change; however, springs that depend on recent precipitation or snowmelt for recharge may be vulnerable to warming and drought intensification. Springs that are expected to maintain their ecohydrologic function in a warmer, drier climate may be priorities for conservation and restoration. Identifying such springs is difficult because many springs lack hydrologic records of adequate temporal extent and resolution to assess their resilience to water cycle changes. This study demonstrates proof‐of‐concept for the assessment of certain spring types (i.e., helocrene, [...]

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CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Northwest CASC

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