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Water Resources Depend on Vegetation Cover and land use

Robinson, Mark; Cosandey, Claude. 2011 Water Resources Depend on Vegetation Cover and land use. In: Birot, Y.; Gracia, C.; Palahi, M., (eds.) Water for Forests and People in the Mediterranean Region. Finland, European Forest Institute, 59-63. (What Science Can Tell Us).

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Abstract/Summary

Myths about forestry and water: The beneficial effects of forests have sometimes been exaggerated – by conservationists wanting to protect natural areas, and by commercial foresters wishing to justify new plantations. Apart from a few relatively rare cloud and coastal forests there is no evidence that forests ‘attract’ or enhance rainfall. Forests can sometimes increase dry weather flows, but in general they are more likely to reduce it. Forests ability to moderate floods is much less than often claimed, being restricted to small storm magnitudes and limited catchment sizes.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water
CEH Sections: Harding (to 31.07.11)
ISBN: 9789525453799
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Pleae click on the OFFICIAL URL to access full text - see pages 59-63
Additional Keywords: forestry, hydrology
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Date made live: 30 Mar 2011 11:50
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13866

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