The Wetland Book pp 1445-1452 | Cite as

Soils of Wetlands and Their Ecosystem Services

  • David Hogan
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Soils are an important component of wetland ecosystems and having an understanding their characteristics and properties are crucial in best wetland management. A summary is given of important soils found in wetlands, including their characteristics and classification. Understanding their hydrology and maintaining optimal water regimes are key factors in wetland management. Important ecosystem services provided by wetlands depend on their soils and highlight the importance of appropriate management for their optimization. Protection of soil quality remains a challenge for the future and there remains a pressing need for improved education about soils.


Wetland soils Gley soils Peat soils Organic matter Soil classification Soil wetness Ecosystem services Hydrological regime 


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  1. 1.ExeterUK

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