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Wood as a driver of past landscape change along river corridors

Francis, Robert A. and Petts, Geoffrey E. and Gurnell, Angela M. (2008) Wood as a driver of past landscape change along river corridors. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33 (10). pp. 1622-1626. ISSN 0197-9337

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.1626


The role of wood as a driver of landform development appears to have been overlooked in the interpretation of palaeo-landscape change along river corridors. Deforested river corridors and wood-free rivers characterize modern, managed landscapes, but along natural river corridors both driftwood dynamics and tree reproductive strategies can have a dramatic impact on the style and rate of channel and floodplain development. Therefore, we believe that interpretations of the post-glacial history of river valleys across the northern temperate climatic zone could be usefully reassessed, incorporating the roles of riparian trees.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
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