Land-Water Interactions: The Influence of Terrestrial Diversity on Aquatic Ecosystems

  • G. W. Kling
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 113)

Abstract

As ecologists, we have learned much about the effects of species diversity on the biological aspects of communities. In an effort to expand our understanding to broader levels of organization, there has been much recent attention given to the role of species diversity in the workings of ecosystems, including abiotic as well as biological effects (see Schulze and Mooney 1993). Despite this recent attention, and despite an increasing awareness of the importance of landscape heterogeneity (Hansen and di Castri 1992), there has been little explicit study of the interactions between land and water as they relate to ecological diversity. An analysis of the role of biological and landscape diversity in the interaction between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems requires information about the following questions: (1) which inputs from land regulate aquatic systems?, (2) which of these inputs is related to terrestrial species diversity or landscape diversity?, and (3) what controls the transfer of important inputs across the land-water boundary? This chapter reviews the information available and needed from tundra systems to answer these questions within the general framework of diversity and land-water interactions.

Keywords

Permeability Methane Phosphorus Dioxide Phytoplankton 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. W. Kling
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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