Changes in hydrology, eutrophication, acidification and toxicity have had a negative effect on the water and soil quality of many European wetlands, resulting in a decline in rich fens (a type of fen with a highly diverse flora). Over the past decades agricultural water management has tended to reduce fluctuations in the water level, but re-establishing such fluctuations could help to mitigate these negative effects. Ivan Mettrop assesses the potential ecological benefits and drawbacks of both lowered and increased surface water levels as a management tool in different types of rich fens.
I.S. Mettrop: Water Level Fluctuations in Rich Fens. An Assessment of Ecological Benefits and Drawbacks.
Prof. H. Hooghiemstra
Prof. L.P.M. Lamers
Dr A.M. Kooijman
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