Original paper

The flood pulse concept of large rivers: learning from the tropics

Junk, W. J.

Large Rivers Vol. 11 No. 3 (1999), p. 261 - 280

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published: Dec 20, 1999

DOI: 10.1127/lr/11/1999/261

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Abstract

River-floodplain systems are specific ecosystems with very complex land-water interactions and a highly adapted flora and fauna. In temperate zones, they have been intensively modified by man for many decades, and only small areas are left in a relatively undisturbed condition. Furthermore, the impact of the flood pulse is often camouflaged by the annual temperature/light pulse. In the humid tropics there are still large undisturbed river-floodplain systems, where the impact of the flood pulse can be studied without the interference of the temperature/light pulse. The flood pulse concept is presented and its implications for temperate river-floodplain systems are discussed.

Keywords

flood pulse conceptlarge riverriver-floodplain system