Water sustainability and watershed storage

The paired watershed approach is the most popular tool for quantifying the effects of forest watershed management on water sustainability. But this approach does not often address the critical factor of water stored in the landscape. Future work needs to quantify storage in paired watershed studies to inform sustainable water management.

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Fig. 1: Old-growth forest clearcut in the Gordon River Valley near Port Renfrew, British Columbia.

T. J. Watt, Ancient Forest Alliance.


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McDonnell, J.J., Evaristo, J., Bladon, K.D. et al. Water sustainability and watershed storage. Nat Sustain 1, 378–379 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0099-8

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