Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management

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CHAPTER 2

Definitions and Classifications
Leonard F. DeBano and Larry J. SchmidtCONTENTS
2.1 Definitions 12
2.1.1 Riparian 12
2.1.1.1 Physical and Biological Criteria 12
2.1.1.2 Administrative Definitions 12
2.1.1.3 Other Definitions 13
2.1.2 Wetlands 14
2.2 Classifications 15
2.2.1 General Approaches 15
2.2.2 Information Needs and Analyses 16
2.2.3 Southwestern Riparian Ecosystems 16
2.2.4 Southwest Wetlands 18
2.2.4.1 Mountain Meadows and Montane Wetlands 19
2.2.4.2 Coastline Wetlands 19
2.2.4.3 Marshlands 20
2.2.4.4 Ciénegas 21
2.2.4.5 Constructed Wetlands 21
2.3 Summary 21
References 23

Riparian and wetland ecosystems have been defined and classified in numerous ways over the past four decades. This chapter presents a general framework of terminology, provides examples that illustrate the evolution of terminology and summarizes various classification systems used by different disciplines or objectives. Wetlands are included because of their historical importance and their present-day status as part of the Southwest's endangered ecosystems.

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