Mosaic structure of riparian forests on the riverbed and floodplain of a braided river: A case study in the Kamikouchi Valley of the Azusa River

  • Shingo Ishikawa


Ecological studies of riparian forests in mountain regions in Japan have mostly been conducted in upper reaches where floodplains are relatively narrow with incised meandering channels (for example, Kikuchi 1968; Aruga et al. 1996; Nakamura et al. 1997). These reaches are subject to frequent disturbances of various type and magnitude and large floods can sometimes entirely remove vegetation from a reach (Sakio 1997).


Riparian Vegetation Riparian Forest Pioneer Species Mosaic Structure Plant Ecol 
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  • Shingo Ishikawa
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  1. 1.Faculty of ScienceKochi UniversityKochiJapan

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