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Title: Wetlandscape hydrologic dynamics driven by shallow groundwater and landscape topography

Wetlands play an important role in watershed eco‐hydrology. The occurrence and distribution of wetlands in a landscape are affected by the surface topography and the hydro‐climatic conditions. Here, we propose a minimalist probabilistic approach to describe the dynamic behaviour of wetlandscape attributes, including number of inundated wetlands and the statistical properties of wetland stage, surface area, perimeter, and storage volume. The method relies on two major assumptions: (a) wetland bottom hydrologic resistance is negligible; and (b) groundwater level is parallel to the mean terrain elevation. The approach links the number ofinundatedwetlands (depressions with water) to the distribution of wetland bottoms and divides, and the position of the shallow water table. We compared the wetlandscape attribute dynamics estimated from the probabilistic approach to those determined from a parsimonious hydrologic model for groundwater‐dominated wetlands. We test the reliability of the assumptions of both models using data from six cypress dome wetlands in the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area, Florida. The results of the hydrologic model for groundwater‐dominated wetlands showed that the number of inundated wetlands has a unimodal dependence on the groundwater level, as predicted by the probabilistic approach. The proposed models provide a quantitative basis to understand the physical processes that drive the spatiotemporal hydrologic dynamics in wetlandscapes impacted by shallow groundwater fluctuations. Emergent patterns in wetlandscape hydrologic dynamics are of key importance not only for the conservation of water resources, but also for a wide range of eco‐hydrological services provided by connectivity between wetlands and their surrounding uplands.

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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Journal Name:
Hydrological Processes
Page Range / eLocation ID:
p. 1460-1474
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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