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The role of biogeochemical hotspots, landscape heterogeneity, and hydrological connectivity for minimizing forestry effects on water quality
SLU, Dept Forest Ecol & Management, S-90183 Umea, Sweden..
Univ British Columbia, Dept Forest & Conservat Sci, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada..
Umea Univ, Dept Ecol & Environm Sci, S-90187 Umea, Sweden..
Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Aquat Sci & Assessment, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9789-7138
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2016 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 45, no Suppl. 2, S152-S162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Protecting water quality in forested regions is increasingly important as pressures from land-use, long-range transport of air pollutants, and climate change intensify. Maintaining forest industry without jeopardizing sustainability of surface water quality therefore requires new tools and approaches. Here, we show how forest management can be optimized by incorporating landscape sensitivity and hydrological connectivity into a framework that promotes the protection of water quality. We discuss how this approach can be operationalized into a hydromapping tool to support forestry operations that minimize water quality impacts. We specifically focus on how hydromapping can be used to support three fundamental aspects of land management planning including how to (i) locate areas where different forestry practices can be conducted with minimal water quality impact; (ii) guide the off-road driving of forestry machines to minimize soil damage; and (iii) optimize the design of riparian buffer zones. While this work has a boreal perspective, these concepts and approaches have broad-scale applicability.

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2016. Vol. 45, no Suppl. 2, S152-S162 p.
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Biogeochemical hotspots, Hydrological connectivity, Landscape heterogeneity, Minimizing forestry effects, Water quality
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288625DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0751-8ISI: 000372300000008PubMedID: 26744050OAI: diva2:927123
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchSwedish Research Council FormasVINNOVA
Available from: 2016-05-11 Created: 2016-04-28 Last updated: 2016-05-11Bibliographically approved

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