Ecology of Riparian Ecosystems

dc.contributor.advisorJohnson, Lea
dc.contributor.authorBursawry, Ryland
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-04T13:42:41Z
dc.date.available2017-10-04T13:42:41Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.descriptionFinal project for PLSC480: Urban Ecology, Management of Urban Forest Edges (Spring 2016). Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the urban landscape, ecosystems are being fragmented into smaller and smaller pieces that lack the connectivity and resources to function properly. Riparian zones are ecosystems that act as an ecotone, or interface, between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. A properly functioning riparian ecosystem provides a multitude of ecosystem services that help keep the surrounding area healthy and sustainable (Mander et al 2005). Thus, when riparian ecosystems are fragmented and aren’t functioning properly, they fail to perform these services that help maintain a healthy environment. Due to urbanization and the fragmentation of riparian zones, riparian zones and rivers are often destroyed or put underground into pipelines for more building space (Naimen et al. 1993). This breaking up of riparian zones and waterways, as well as the installation of impermeable surfaces, can lead to issues that get exacerbated in areas with functioning riparian ecosystems.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHoward Countyen_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2901ZH23
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/20103
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherPartnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS)en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md)en_us
dc.titleEcology of Riparian Ecosystemsen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
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