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Table Lu03: Qualitative changes to runoff, erosion and reparian erosional resistance regarding the Ozarks landscape

Summary of probable qualitative changes to runoff and erosion and riparian erosional resistance

Table Lu03. Summary of probable qualitative changes to runoff, soil erosion, and riparian erosional resistance on parts of the Ozarks landscape relative to pre-settlement period conditions. Reproduced in whole from Jacobson and Primm (1994).
Period Uplands Valley Slopes Valley Bottoms
Pre-settlement Baseline Baseline Baseline
Early Settlement
Annual Runoff Decrease Slight Increase N/A
Storm Runoff Decrease Slight Increase N/A
Upland Sediment Yield Decrease Slight Increase N/A
Riparian Erosional Resistance N/A N/A Moderate Decrease
Timber-Boom
Annual Runoff Slight Increase Slight Increase N/A
Storm Runoff Slight Increase Moderate Increase N/A
Upland Sediment Yield Slight Increase Moderate Increase N/A
Riparian Erosional Resistance N/A N/A Decrease
Post-Timber-Boom
Annual Runoff Moderate Increase Increase N/A
Storm Runoff Moderate Increase Increase N/A
Upland Sediment Yield Moderate Increase Increase N/A
Riparian Erosional Resistance N/A N/A Substantial Decrease
Recent
Annual Runoff Slight Increase Slight Increase N/A
Storm Runoff Slight Increase Moderate Increase N/A
Upland Sediment Yield Slight Increase Slight Increase N/A
Riparian Erosional Resistance N/A N/A Decrease

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