Changes in low flow with the conversion of a coniferous plantation to a broad-leaved forest in a summer precipitation region, Japan

Hikaru Komatsu, Tomonori Kume, Kyoichi Otsuki

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Abstract

Converting coniferous plantations to broad-leaved forests is believed to result in increased runoff in Japan. This study examined low-flow changes in runoff in the Tatsunokuchi-Minami catchment, located in a region with summer precipitation, caused by the conversion of a coniferous plantation to a broad-leaved forest. We compared the flow duration curves for the coniferous plantation period with those for the broad-leaved forest period. We observed no evidence of increased low flows according to the change in forest type. Thus, the commonly held belief was not supported by the results from a summer precipitation region with respect to low-flow rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-172
Number of pages9
JournalEcohydrology
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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