Project: Flooding effects on riparian vegetation and biodiversity

Flooding effects on riparian vegetation and biodiversity - Future Deltas

Project: Flooding effects on riparian vegetation and biodiversity

A future higher risk of severe flooding of streams and rivers has been projected to change riparian plant communities, but the extent and direction of change remain uncertain. We  conducted a meta-analysis to synthesize experimental evidence. Our analysis identifies which plant traits are decisive for plant survival. Species shifts depend on the nutrient, climatic and hydrological status of the catchment. Species richness was reduced at flooded sites in nutrient-rich catchments and sites with previously stable hydrographs (e.g. rain-fed lowland streams). Species richness increased at sites in desert and semi-arid climate regions.

Delta: Rhine-Meuse delta, the Netherlands

Future Deltas theme: Predicting Impacts

Funding: EU FP7

Duration: 2010-2015

Researchers: Annemarie G. Garssen MSc, Dr. Merel B. Soons, Prof.Dr. Jos T.A. Verhoeven