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- Hutmacher, Amy M.; Zaimes, George N.; Martin, Jonathan; Green, Douglas M.
- Urban ecosystems 2015 v.18 no.2 pp. 431-448
- Acacia; Larrea tridentata; Parkinsonia; air temperature; bags; carbon; carbon nitrogen ratio; ecosystem services; ecosystems; ephemeral streams; lignin; microclimate; monsoon season; nitrogen; population growth; regression analysis; relative humidity; riparian areas; soil temperature; summer; urbanization; woody plants; Arizona
- ... Riparian areas provide a wide range of ecosystem services. Population growth in Arizona has led to the urban encroachment of riparian areas. Urbanization alters microclimatic conditions that can affect ecosystems processes. This study investigated the impacts of urbanization levels on ecosystems processes (decomposition rates) of riparian areas along ephemeral streams. Nine sites were selected wit ...