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dc.contributor.authorMaren, Inger Elisabeth
dc.contributor.authorKarki, Sikha
dc.contributor.authorPrajapati, Chanda
dc.contributor.authorYadav, Ram Kailash
dc.contributor.authorShrestha, Bharat Babu
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-14T05:17:15Z
dc.date.available2021-04-14T05:17:15Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0140-1963en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.06.004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/403745
dc.description.abstractAn understanding of the differences in vegetation and soil characteristics between slope aspects in high altitude semiarid environments is fundamentally important for efficient management of these semi-natural systems; however, few studies have quantified these differences. Here, we analyzed forest stand characteristics, carbon stocks and soil properties of north- and south-facing slopes in a trans-Himalayan semiarid valley. Pinus wallichiana was the dominant and Juniperus indica the co-dominant species in both aspects, whereas Betula utilis and Abies spectabilis were only recorded in north-facing forests. Pinus regenerated in both aspects, whereas Juniperus did not. Carbon stocks did not differ between aspects; 33 t/ha in north-facing and 31 t/ha in south-facing forests. Similarly, soil properties did not vary between slope aspects, expect for potassium (highest in south-facing slopes). These results suggest that topographic factors affect mountain forests through their direct influence on radiation and moisture, but that human disturbance also plays a significant role affecting vegetation and soil characteristics in a semiarid environment. These natural and anthropogenic factors may play in harmony or in discord with each other. Here, the aridity of the region, parent material and land use history led to less pronounced differences between slope aspects, than commonly found in moister habitats.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom112en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto123en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Arid Environmentsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume121en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEarth Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiological Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode04en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode05en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode06en_US
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicineen_US
dc.subject.keywordsEcologyen_US
dc.titleFacing north or south: Does slope aspect impact forest stand characteristics and soil properties in a semiarid trans-Himalayan valley?en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articlesen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationMaren, IE; Karki, S; Prajapati, C; Yadav, RK; Shrestha, BB, Facing north or south: Does slope aspect impact forest stand characteristics and soil properties in a semiarid trans-Himalayan valley?,Journal of Arid Environments, 2015, 121, pp. 112-123en_US
dcterms.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.date.updated2021-04-14T05:14:17Z
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gro.rights.copyright© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.en_US
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