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1 November 2009 Forest Harvest Increases Runoff Most during Low Flows in Two Boreal Streams
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To understand how forest harvest influences the aquatic environment, it is essential to determine the changes in the flow regime. This paper presents changes in the hydrological regime during the first 2 y after harvest in two catchments of the Balsjö Catchment Study in Sweden. The changes were judged relative to a reference catchment, calibrated during an 18-mo pretreatment period starting in September 2004. From August 2006 through March 2008, there was an average of 35% more runoff from the harvested catchments relative to the reference. The flow increased most during the growing seasons and at base flows (<1 mm d−1; 58–99% increase), followed by dormant season and intermediate flows (30–43%). No significant changes were observed during the highest flows (over 5 mm d−1), except for the spring flood a few weeks after harvest, which was delayed and attenuated. Large relative changes in low flow may influence the ecosystem by altering the aquatic habitat.

Rasmus Sørensen, Eva Ring, Markus Meili, Lars Högbom, Jan Seibert, Thomas Grabs, Hjalmar Laudon, and Kevin Bishop "Forest Harvest Increases Runoff Most during Low Flows in Two Boreal Streams," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 38(7), 357-363, (1 November 2009). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447-38.7.357
Published: 1 November 2009
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