Ecohydrological Processes and Ecosystem Services
This article collection aims at bridging the knowledge gap between ecohydrological processes and ecosystem services. We are seeking the submission of papers including topics such as ecohydrological recovery processes in degraded territorial or aquatic ecosystems; coupling processes and balances of water, carbon, and energy fluxes in natural or managed ecosystems; ecohydrological projections of ecosystem responses to climate change, land use change, and other human disturbances (e.g., wildland fires, urbanization); advances in understanding the links between ecohydrological processes and ecosystem services under different environmental and socioeconomical settings.
Water is essential to life on Earth. Ecohydrology, the study of interactions between ecological and hydrological processes, is fundamental to our understanding and quantification of water-related services provided by ecosystems. Our knowledge of ecohydrology is incomplete due to the complex nature of ecosystems, which are constantly changing under multiple stresses from air pollution to climate change, from deforestation to urbanization, and from soil erosion to soil pollution in the Anthropocene. Linking ecohydrological processes (e.g., evapotranspiration, streamflow, groundwater recharge) to ecosystem services (e.g. carbon sequestration, water quality improvement, biodiversity conservation, regulation of water and nutrient cycles, heat island mitigation) is critical to the advancement of ecosystem science and restoration ecology at multiple scales, from a single species to the entire globe.
Edited by: Dr Ge Sun, Dr Dennis Hallema, Dr Heidi Asbjornsen