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Title: Ecohydrological drivers of Neotropical vegetation in montane ecosystems

Abstract

Montane ecosystems are known for their high numbers of endemic species, unique climate conditions, and wide variety of ecosystem services such as water supply and carbon storage. Although many ecohydrological and climatic studies of montane environments have been carried out in temperate and boreal regions, few have been done in Neotropical regions. Hence, the objective of this review is to synthesize the existing literature on the main factors (biotic and abiotic) that influence vegetation distribution, functional traits, and ecohydrological processes and feedbacks in tropical montane ecosystems and to identify key knowledge gaps. Most of the literature used includes work conducted in Neotropical montane rainforests, cloud forests, and grass/scrublands (e.g., páramos, punas, and campos de altitude/rupestres). Fog is a major climatic attribute in tropical montane habitats. We found that fog regimes (frequency and intensity of fog events) influence both water inputs (i.e., canopy interception and foliar water uptake) and outputs (evapotranspiration) and represent an important driver of local species composition, dominance of plant functional types, and ecological functioning. The stability and conservation of tropical montane ecosystems depends on such ecohydrological fluxes, which are sensitive to increases in air temperature and changing precipitation and fog regimes. Furthermore, to better inform effective conservationmore » and restoration strategies, more work is needed to elucidate how key ecohydrological processes are affected by land use conversion to agriculture and pasture lands, as human activities influence the water budgets in Neotropical montane watersheds not only at regional-scales but also globally.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [3];  [4]; ORCiD logo [4]; ORCiD logo [5]; ORCiD logo [6]; ORCiD logo [6]; ORCiD logo [4]; ORCiD logo [7]; ORCiD logo [8]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [4]
  1. Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
  2. Cidade Univ. Zeferino (Brazil); Univ. Federal do Para (Brazil)
  3. Univ. de Cuenca (Ecuador); Justus Liebig Univ. Giessen (Germany)
  4. Cidade Univ. Zeferino (Brazil)
  5. Univ. of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  6. Univ. de Cuenca (Ecuador)
  7. King's College London (United Kingdom)
  8. Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23). Climate and Environmental Sciences Division
OSTI Identifier:
1467616
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0010654
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Ecohydrology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1936-0584
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; cloud forest; ecophysiology; ecosystem services; fog; grasslands; montane rain forest; water and carbon budgets

Citation Formats

Aparecido, Luiza Maria T., Teodoro, Grazielle S., Mosquera, Giovanny, Brum, Mauro, Barros, Fernanda de V., Pompeu, Patricia Vieira, Rodas, Melissa, Lazo, Patricio, Müller, Caroline S., Mulligan, Mark, Asbjornsen, Heidi, Moore, Georgianne W., and Oliveira, Rafael S. Ecohydrological drivers of Neotropical vegetation in montane ecosystems. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1002/eco.1932.
Aparecido, Luiza Maria T., Teodoro, Grazielle S., Mosquera, Giovanny, Brum, Mauro, Barros, Fernanda de V., Pompeu, Patricia Vieira, Rodas, Melissa, Lazo, Patricio, Müller, Caroline S., Mulligan, Mark, Asbjornsen, Heidi, Moore, Georgianne W., & Oliveira, Rafael S. Ecohydrological drivers of Neotropical vegetation in montane ecosystems. United States. doi:10.1002/eco.1932.
Aparecido, Luiza Maria T., Teodoro, Grazielle S., Mosquera, Giovanny, Brum, Mauro, Barros, Fernanda de V., Pompeu, Patricia Vieira, Rodas, Melissa, Lazo, Patricio, Müller, Caroline S., Mulligan, Mark, Asbjornsen, Heidi, Moore, Georgianne W., and Oliveira, Rafael S. Fri . "Ecohydrological drivers of Neotropical vegetation in montane ecosystems". United States. doi:10.1002/eco.1932. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1467616.
@article{osti_1467616,
title = {Ecohydrological drivers of Neotropical vegetation in montane ecosystems},
author = {Aparecido, Luiza Maria T. and Teodoro, Grazielle S. and Mosquera, Giovanny and Brum, Mauro and Barros, Fernanda de V. and Pompeu, Patricia Vieira and Rodas, Melissa and Lazo, Patricio and Müller, Caroline S. and Mulligan, Mark and Asbjornsen, Heidi and Moore, Georgianne W. and Oliveira, Rafael S.},
abstractNote = {Montane ecosystems are known for their high numbers of endemic species, unique climate conditions, and wide variety of ecosystem services such as water supply and carbon storage. Although many ecohydrological and climatic studies of montane environments have been carried out in temperate and boreal regions, few have been done in Neotropical regions. Hence, the objective of this review is to synthesize the existing literature on the main factors (biotic and abiotic) that influence vegetation distribution, functional traits, and ecohydrological processes and feedbacks in tropical montane ecosystems and to identify key knowledge gaps. Most of the literature used includes work conducted in Neotropical montane rainforests, cloud forests, and grass/scrublands (e.g., páramos, punas, and campos de altitude/rupestres). Fog is a major climatic attribute in tropical montane habitats. We found that fog regimes (frequency and intensity of fog events) influence both water inputs (i.e., canopy interception and foliar water uptake) and outputs (evapotranspiration) and represent an important driver of local species composition, dominance of plant functional types, and ecological functioning. The stability and conservation of tropical montane ecosystems depends on such ecohydrological fluxes, which are sensitive to increases in air temperature and changing precipitation and fog regimes. Furthermore, to better inform effective conservation and restoration strategies, more work is needed to elucidate how key ecohydrological processes are affected by land use conversion to agriculture and pasture lands, as human activities influence the water budgets in Neotropical montane watersheds not only at regional-scales but also globally.},
doi = {10.1002/eco.1932},
journal = {Ecohydrology},
number = 3,
volume = 11,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {12}
}

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