Effects of Land Cover on Stream Ecosystems: Roles of Empirical Models and Scaling Issues

@article{Strayer2003EffectsOL,
  title={Effects of Land Cover on Stream Ecosystems: Roles of Empirical Models and Scaling Issues},
  author={David L. Strayer and Ralph Edward Beighley and Lisa C. Thompson and Shane S. Brooks and Christer Nilsson and Gilles Pinay and Robert J. Naiman},
  journal={Ecosystems},
  year={2003},
  volume={6},
  pages={407-423}
}
We built empirical models to estimate the effects of land cover on stream ecosystems in the mid-Atlantic region (USA) and to evaluate the spatial scales over which such models are most effective. Predictive variables included land cover in the watershed, in the streamside corridor, and near the study site, and the number and location of dams and point sources in the watershed. Response variables were annual nitrate flux; species richness of fish, benthic macroinvertebrates, and aquatic plants… 
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