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dc.contributor.supervisor Hugenholtz, Chris H.
dc.contributor.supervisor Letts, Matthew G.
dc.contributor.author Koenig, Daniel Edgar
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-14T21:28:32Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-14T21:28:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3308
dc.description xii, 97 leaves : ill., maps ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract In dryland environments, the availability of soil moisture is the primary control on plant species’ distributions. In the sandhill regions of the northern Great Plains, vegetation establishment has transformed highly mobile, desert-like dune fields into stabilized landscapes covered by mixed-grassland prairie. This study examines how dune stabilization has modified the spatiotemporal distribution of soil moisture resources. An ergodic (space-for-time) approach was used, comparing soil moisture dynamics on active and vegetation-stabilized dunes in the Bigstick Sand Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan. Results indicate that while dune stabilization has enhanced near-surface soil moisture availability, deeper profile soil moisture recharge is reduced. Through better understanding how vegetation has modified soil moisture dynamics in stabilizing sandhill regions, better management practices may be implemented to maintain water resource availability and ecosystem health. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Geography, c2012 en_US
dc.subject Sand dunes -- Saskatchewan -- Bigstick Sand Hills en_US
dc.subject Sand dune ecology -- Saskatchewan -- Bigstick Sand Hills en_US
dc.subject Soil moisture -- Saskatchewan -- Bigstick Sand Hills -- Measurement en_US
dc.subject Sand dune plants -- Ecology -- Saskatchewan -- Bigstick Sand Hills en_US
dc.subject Prairie ecology -- Saskatchewan -- Bigstick Sand Hills en_US
dc.subject Grassland ecology -- Saskatchewan -- Bigstick Sand Hills en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The effects of dune stabilization on the spatiotemporal distribution of soil moisture resources, Northern Great Plains, Canada en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Geography en_US
dc.degree.level Masters


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