Effects of episodic rain events on mediterranean climate ecosystems

R. J. Hobbs, H. A. Mooney

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Using data from California and Western Australia, the authors show how extreme rainfall events can produce significant ecosystem, community and population changes, outlining the nature of episodic events in relation to various time scales, then examining the effects of unusually low and unusually high rainfall events on mediterranean type ecosystems. Drought is often associated with mortality, and links with fire effects become more apparent. High rainfall effects are linked with El Nino, snow in montane environments, landslides/erosion, and changes in river and estuarine conditions. Species distributions may often reflect extreme rather than mean climatic conditions. -P.J.Jarvis

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTime scales of biological responses to water constraints
Subtitle of host publicationthe case of mediterranean biota
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherSPB Academic Publishing bv
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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