Organic matter breakdown and ecosystem metabolism : functional indicators for assessing river ecosystem health

@inproceedings{Young2008OrganicMB,
  title={Organic matter breakdown and ecosystem metabolism : functional indicators for assessing river ecosystem health},
  author={Roger G. Young and Dr. Heinrich Matthaei and Colin Richard Townsend},
  year={2008}
}
River health monitoring traditionally has made use of structural measurements (water quality or taxonomic composition of aquatic organisms). We argue that a more complete assessment of river health should include functional metrics, such as rates of organic matter decomposition and ecosystem metabolism. Leaf breakdown links the characteristics of riparian vegetation with the activity of both aquatic invertebrates and microbial organisms and is affected by natural and human-induced variation in… CONTINUE READING
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