Structure and composition of riparian forests with reference to geomorphic conditions

  • Shun-ichi Kikuchi


A riverbed is a route through which materials from, hillslopes are swept downstream by water flow. During a flood event, large amounts of materials are transferred downstream without deposition. In contrast, when the power of the water flow has weakened after a flood bed load materials are deposited in the riverbed. Therefore, riverbeds are dynamic sites, in which the surface and vegetation are disturbed frequently and simultaneously (Kikuchi 2001). Hydrogeomorphic processes (e.g., erosion and deposition of sediment) and associated channel changes are the predominant disturbances that, allow vegetation to become established along riverbeds (Nakamura et al. 1997). Consequently, the structure and species composition of riparian forest stands reflect the intensity and frequency of disturbance.


Debris Flow Riparian Forest Coarse Woody Debris Shallow Landslide Pioneer Species 
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  • Shun-ichi Kikuchi
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Land Management. Graduate School of AgricultureHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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