Deliverable 4.2

Abstract: Manuscripts on the effects of climate driven changes in temperature (and drought) on the hydrology, chemistry, ecological functioning and biodiversity of riparian wetlands

This report presents the results from the experimental manipulations of riparian hydrology (drought treatments) carried out along a climatic temperature gradient in REFRESH. The experiments aimed to simulate increased summer droughts by diverting stream water to dry out stream riparian wetlands. The climatic gradient runs North-South across Atlantic Europe, from Denmark, North Germany, the Netherlands, Atlantic Spain to Mediterranean Spain. Results on wetland biogeochemistry (N and P), biodiversity (plants and riparian beetles) and functioning (nutrient cycling, decomposition) are presented. The deliverable comprises several one page summaries of manuscripts in preparation and two manuscripts in draft form.


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