Spatial and temporal patterns of carbon storage and species richness in three South Carolina coastal plain riparian forests

  • Authors: Giese, Laura A.; Aust, W. Michael; Trettin, Carl C.; Kolka, Randall K.
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Ecological Engineering 15: S157-S170

Abstract

The distribution of organic matter within a floodplain is a controlling factor affecting water quality, habitat, and food webs. Accordingly, developn~ent of vegetation in the riparian zone can be expected to influence ecosystem functions, and organic matter storage patterns are believed to be indicators of functional recovery in disturbed riparian zones. Our objective was to compare the distribution and allocation of organic matter among microsites within the floodplain and with temporal changes (successional status) associated with community development. Three third order streams in the upper coastal plain of South Carolina were selected. Measurement transects were established across three floodplains of varying successional status, Meyer's branch; a mature riparian hardwood forest; Fourmile branch; a mid-successional riparian forest; and Pen Branch, an early successional riparian forest. Overall, measurements of aboveground biomass, soil carbon, and stand structure indicate that the early and mid successional stands are becoming more similar to the mature stand and that microsite differences within the braided, riparian stream systems are small.

  • Citation: Giese, Laura A.; Aust, W. Michael; Trettin, Carl C.; Kolka, Randall K. 2000. Spatial and temporal patterns of carbon storage and species richness in three South Carolina coastal plain riparian forests. Ecological Engineering 15: S157-S170
  • Keywords: Carbon, disturbance, forest succession, riparian, wetland restoration
  • Posted Date: April 1, 1980
  • Modified Date: August 22, 2006
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