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Allogenic and autogenic influences upon riparian vegetation dynamics

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Abstract:

Riparian vegetation dynamics are regarded as being driven by allogenic hydrogeomorphological factors, with autogenic (plant-induced) influences becoming more important as landform stability is achieved. Autogenic processes, however, may have a substantial influence on both plant dynamics and the river environment from the earliest stages of plant establishment. Various aspects of both allogenic and autogenic processes in riparian vegetation dynamics are discussed here; in particular how plants may promote bank stability and sedimentation, and river island development. Riparian restoration often fails to incorporate autogenic processes, thereby restricting the re-establishment of natural functioning, and further interdisciplinary work is needed to address this.

Keywords: channel stability; islands; riparian; river restoration; sedimentation; vegetation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2006.00706.x

Affiliations: Department of Geography, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, Email: robert.francis@kcl.ac.uk

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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