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Groundwater salinization intensifies drought impacts in forests and reduces refuge capacity

Kath, J.; Powell, Sue; Reardon-Smith, Kathryn; El Sawah, Sondoss; Jakeman, Anthony; Croke, Barry; Dyer, Fiona


Shallow groundwater aquifers regularly support drought refuges for water-dependent ecosystems. However, many aquifers are impacted by over-extraction and pollution, potentially degrading their ability to support groundwater-fed drought refuges. We investigated the response of groundwater-connected riverine forests to a drought considered equivalent in intensity to those predicted under severe climate change for 2030. The drought's impact was investigated in an area where shallow groundwater...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12495


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