Biotic indicators for ecological state change in Amazonian floodplains

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Correa, S.B., van der Sleen, P., Siddiqui, S.F., Bogotá-Gregory, J.D., Arantes, C.C., Barnett, A., Couto, T.B.A., Goulding, M. and Anderson, E.P. 2022. Biotic indicators for ecological state change in Amazonian floodplains. BioScience. 72 (8), pp. 753-768. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biac038
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TitleBiotic indicators for ecological state change in Amazonian floodplains
AuthorsCorrea, S.B., van der Sleen, P., Siddiqui, S.F., Bogotá-Gregory, J.D., Arantes, C.C., Barnett, A., Couto, T.B.A., Goulding, M. and Anderson, E.P.
Abstract

Riverine floodplains are biologically diverse and productive ecosystems. Although tropical floodplains remain relatively conserved and ecologically functional compared to those at higher latitudes, they face accelerated hydropower development, climate change, and deforestation. Alterations to the flood pulse could act synergistically with other drivers of change to promote profound ecological state change at a large spatial scale. State change occurs when an ecosystem reaches a critical threshold or tipping point, which leads to an alternative qualitative state for the ecosystem. Visualizing an alternative state for Amazonian floodplains is not straightforward. Yet, it is critical to recognize that changes to the flood pulse could push tropical floodplain ecosystems over a tipping point with cascading adverse effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. We characterize the Amazonian flood pulse regime, summarize evidence of flood pulse change, assess potential ecological repercussions, and provide a monitoring framework for tracking flood pulse change and detecting biotic responses.

KeywordsGlobal change; climate change; river; flooded forest; aquatic ecosystems
Sustainable Development Goals15 Life on land
Middlesex University ThemeSustainability
Research GroupBehavioural Biology group
LanguageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
JournalBioScience
ISSN0006-3568
Electronic1525-3244
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Online22 Jun 2022
PrintAug 2022
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Accepted22 Jun 2022
Deposited16 Feb 2024
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BioScience 72: 753–768. © The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biac038
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