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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2021-200
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2021-200

  17 Aug 2021

17 Aug 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal BG.

Climate and topography: the two essential ingredients in predicting wetland permanence

Jody Daniel1, Rebecca Rooney1, and Derek Robinson2 Jody Daniel et al.
  • 1B2-251, Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1
  • 2EV1-314, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1

Abstract. Wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) are forecast to retract in their ranges due to climate change and potholes that typically contain ponded water year-round, which support a larger proportion of biological communities, are most sensitive to climate change. In addition to climate, land use activities and terrain also influence ponded water amounts in PPR wetlands. However, terrain is not typically included in models forecasting the impacts of climate change on PPR wetlands. Using a combination of variables representing climate, land cover and land use, and terrain, we predicted wetland permanence class in the southern Boreal, Parkland and Grassland of the Alberta PPR. We show that while climate is the strongest predictor of wetland permanence class in each Natural Region, topography was nearly as important in the Parkland and Southern Boreal.

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The threat posed by climate change to prairie pothole wetlands is well documented, but gaps remain in our ability to make meaningful predictions about how prairie pothole wetlands will respond. We integrate aspects of terrain structure, land cover/ land use, and climate to model the permanence class of tens of thousands of wetlands at the western edge of the Prairie Pothole Region.
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