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Gravel-bed river floodplains are the ecological nexus of glaciated mountain landscapes

Overview of attention for article published in Science Advances, June 2016
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Title
Gravel-bed river floodplains are the ecological nexus of glaciated mountain landscapes
Published in
Science Advances, June 2016
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1600026
Pubmed ID
Authors

F. Richard Hauer, Harvey Locke, Victoria J. Dreitz, Mark Hebblewhite, Winsor H. Lowe, Clint C. Muhlfeld, Cara R. Nelson, Michael F. Proctor, Stewart B. Rood

Abstract

Gravel-bed river floodplains in mountain landscapes disproportionately concentrate diverse habitats, nutrient cycling, productivity of biota, and species interactions. Although stream ecologists know that river channel and floodplain habitats used by aquatic organisms are maintained by hydrologic regimes that mobilize gravel-bed sediments, terrestrial ecologists have largely been unaware of the importance of floodplain structures and processes to the life requirements of a wide variety of species. We provide insight into gravel-bed rivers as the ecological nexus of glaciated mountain landscapes. We show why gravel-bed river floodplains are the primary arena where interactions take place among aquatic, avian, and terrestrial species from microbes to grizzly bears and provide essential connectivity as corridors for movement for both aquatic and terrestrial species. Paradoxically, gravel-bed river floodplains are also disproportionately unprotected where human developments are concentrated. Structural modifications to floodplains such as roads, railways, and housing and hydrologic-altering hydroelectric or water storage dams have severe impacts to floodplain habitat diversity and productivity, restrict local and regional connectivity, and reduce the resilience of both aquatic and terrestrial species, including adaptation to climate change. To be effective, conservation efforts in glaciated mountain landscapes intended to benefit the widest variety of organisms need a paradigm shift that has gravel-bed rivers and their floodplains as the central focus and that prioritizes the maintenance or restoration of the intact structure and processes of these critically important systems throughout their length and breadth.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 2 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 254 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 50 19%
Researcher 44 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 41 16%
Other 22 8%
Student > Bachelor 15 6%
Other 47 18%
Unknown 40 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 92 36%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 57 22%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 23 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 3%
Engineering 8 3%
Other 22 8%
Unknown 48 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 194. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 March 2022.
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