Species richness in riparian vegetation, a pilot study in Halmstad
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The riparian forests are hotspots of biodiversity and serve important roles in maintainingthe water quality. The study and understanding of this ecosystem is basic to know how theriparian zones respond to the threat and the changes produced by the urbanization. Theobjective of this pilot study was to know the species richness and check the status of theriparian vegetation along two different rivers in Halmstad, Nissan and Fylleån. The studywas focus on the status of trees at both rivers to see if the proximity of the city has anyimpact on the biodiversity. In total 9 different species were found, nevertheless only 3 ofthese species were founded on both localizations: Quercus robur, Betula pendula and Pinussylvestris. The Shannon Index showed a higher biodiversity on Nissan riparian zones, whichis the river that present the urban component. The urban area is the one that presentshigher level of biodiversity, tree species and number of individuals but there are notenough to be in a good standard. The result just show that the urban area is in a bettercondition that the natural one. The institutional efforts should be focusing on preserveboth environments with special attention to the natural environment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 15 p.
riparian, biodiversity, urbanization, richness species, woody vegetation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27952OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-27952DiVA: diva2:792921
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