Flood Tolerance Indices for Palustrine Forest Species
Since a definite relationship exists between plant species distribution and timing, frequency and duration of inundation/soil saturation (Bedinger, 1971; Hook and Scholtens, 1978; Whitlow and Harris, 1979; Huffman, 1980; Larson, Bedinger, Bryan, Brown, Huffman, Miller, Rhodes and Touchet, 1981), it should be possible numerically to express the optimum position of various plant species along a wetland hydrologic gradient (Theriot and Sanders, 1986). The resulting numerical values (Flood Tolerance Index) could then be used to estimate the hydrologic regime of areas that have not been substantially altered hydrologically.
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