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Wright, C.; Kawaga-Viviani, A.; Gerlein-Safdi, C.; Mosquera, G.; Poca, M.; Tseng, H. & Chun, K.P. (2017): Advancing ecohydrology in the changing tropics: Perspectives from early career scientists. Ecohydrology na, e1918
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eco.1918.

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Title: Advancing ecohydrology in the changing tropics: Perspectives from early career scientists
FOR816dw ID: 1699
Publication Date: 2017-11-09
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Individual: Cynthia Wright
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Individual: Aurora Kawaga-Viviani
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Individual: Cynthia Gerlein-Safdi
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Individual: Giovanny Mosquera
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Individual: Maria Poca
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Individual: Han Tseng
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Individual: Kwok Pan Chun
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Abstract:
Tropical ecosystems offer a unique setting for understanding ecohydrological processes, but to date, such investigations have been limited. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the impor- tance of studying these processes—specifically, how they are being affected by the transforma- tive changes taking place in the tropics—and to offer an agenda for future research. At present, the ongoing loss of native ecosystems is largely due to agricultural expansion, but parallel pro- cesses of afforestation are also taking place, leading to shifts in ecohydrological fluxes. Similarly, shifts in water availability due to climate change will affect both water and carbon fluxes in trop- ical ecosystems. A number of methods exist that can help us better understand how changes in land use and climate affect ecohydrological processes; these include stable isotopes, remote sens- ing, and process?based models. Still, our knowledge of the underlying physical mechanisms, espe- cially those that determine the effects of scale on ecosystem processes, remains incomplete.We assert that development of a knowledge base concerning the effects of transformative change on ecological, hydrological, and biogeochemical processes at different spatio?temporal scales is an urgent need for tropical regions and should serve as a compass for emerging ecohydrologists. To reach this goal, we advocate a research agenda that expands the number and diversity of eco- systems targeted for ecohydrological investigations and connects researchers across the tropics. We believe that the use of big data and open source software—already an important integrative tool/skill for the young ecohydrologist—will be key in expanding research capabilities.
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| remote sensing | climate change | big data | land use/land cover | modelling | stable isotopes | tropical ecosystems |
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Journal: Ecohydrology
Volume: na
Page Range: e1918
ISSN: 19360584
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Individual: Giovanny Mosquera
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