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Playa Ecosystem Vulnerability in Future Climates


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Playas contribute substantially to biodiversity in the Great Plains by providing habitat and food resources for migratory waterfowl and other wetland dependent species; however, the combination of sedimentation, land use alteration, and climate change threatens this primary function of the wetlands. Within a changing climate, alterations to playa hydro-periods will likely have severe consequences, as playa plants, animals, and nutrient cycling are dependent on regular inundation and drying cycles. Invertebrates, amphibians, and larger wildlife require very specific moisture conditions to proliferate and survive in playas, and plant communities in playas also depend on seasonal precipitation patterns. Thus, changes in the amount and [...]


Author :
Rachel Owen
Funding Agency :
National CASC

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  • National CASC
  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers


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