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Phase I has focused on field and laboratory studies of selected hydrological, biogeochemical and geomorphological processes and their various, often inter-related, effects on observable ecological characteristics in river marginal wetland ecosystems. Results have improved substantially our scientific understanding of the ecosystem dynamics and, through the use of modelling, are enabling relationships between processes and functions to be determined more precisely for the purposes of developing a methodology for wetland functional asssessment. In carrying out this work some important insights have become clear in terms of dynamic inter-relationships among factors with implications for land use options within the context of environmental change.

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Authors: MALTBY E, University of Exeter, Wetlands Research Group (GB);HOGAN D V, University of Exeter, Wetlands Research Group (GB);MCINNES R J (EDITORS), University of Exeter, Wetlands Research Group (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16132 EN (1996) 448pp., FS
Availability: Available from Environment Programme Office, DG XII, European Commission, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-6606-3
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