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Forest and water relations in miombo woodlands

need for understanding of complex stand management

Malmer, Anders and Nyberg, Gert (2008). Forest and water relations in miombo woodlands. I/In: Research and development for sustainable management of semiarid miombo woodlands, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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Miombo is a significant biome covering about 10% of the African landmass. Climate semi-aridity is the main edaphic determinant. Range of annual rainfall and dry season length is high, but the unimodal rainfall distribution is common for all miombo. Water is increasingly an issue of trade-off between different land uses and increasing demand on biomass production. This review gives a basic description of major components in the relations between tree cover and water in semi-arid landscapes. From this, in lack of relevant research within miombo landscapes, a scientifically based discussion is given on how future uses and management of these complex woodlands could serve in better management of scarce water resources and in what ways more research in these aspects could enlighten this discussion. It is concluded that, like for other semi-arid landscapes, there is need for understanding and developing more complex stand management to optimize biomass production and water use efficiency. At the same time climate change adaptation will add to this need of deepened biophysical process understanding

Authors/Creators:Malmer, Anders and Nyberg, Gert
Title:Forest and water relations in miombo woodlands
Subtitle:need for understanding of complex stand management
Year of publishing :2008
Page range:70-86
Publisher:Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla
Publication Type:Conference Paper (Paper)
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Plant production > Forestry
Keywords:water, soil management, organic matter, vegetation, woodlands
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ID Code:4600
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
Deposited By: Anders Malmer
Deposited On:24 Mar 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:32

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