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Flow intermittence and ecosystem services in rivers of the Anthropocene [Journal of Applied Ecology]

Keywords : anthropocene, biodiversity, climate change, conservation, ecosystem services, ephemeral streams, flow management, intermittent rivers, management, rivers

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

1.Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) are watercourses that cease flow at some point in time and space. Arguably Earth’s most widespread type of flowing water, IRES are expanding where Anthropocenic climates grow drier and human demands for water escalate.
2.However, IRES have attracted far less research than perennial rivers and are undervalued by society, jeopardizing their restoration or protection. Provision of ecosystem services by IRES is especially poorly understood, hindering their integration into management plans in most countries.(...)

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