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Drought & Water-Ecosystem Services Collection

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View Resource Use of Acacia by Maasai nomadic herders of southern Kenya during drought, and its ecosystem-level consequences.

This collection of twelve photographs illustrates how the Maasai use Acacia during prolonged drought, and the impacts of that use on long-term ecosystem processes. The Maasai are the largest group of nomadic livestock herders in eastern Africa. They greatly contribute to Kenya's beef industry, and cattle are their most important livestock. The Masai live in savanna ecosystems having well-defined...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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View Resource Follow the Water.

This short film includes interviews with water researchers and presents basic concepts of hydrologic cycle. Water has many roles in the landscape; sculptor, solvent for minerals, a vector of transport, creates habitats. By following water through the landscape we can see connections between life and the physical environment.

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Extreme droughts in the southeast- How do we sustain ecosystem services?

Predicted increased variability in rainfall together with the effects of fast-growing population centers, hydropower development, and irrigated agriculture will likely continue to alter landscape and biotic diversity of freshwater ecosystems in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Adaptations to these climatic changes among water users provide...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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View Resource Lake levels and drought indices in northern Wisconsin: data, graphs, and photographs.

These materials include 25-year records of lake levels in 7 lakes in Northern Wisconsin, Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and precipitation; graphs illustrating changes in lake levels over time; photographs of drought conditions in these lakes; supporting text and a list of related scientific articles. Materials (see Associated files) could be used to illustrate two different ecological...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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