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1. Laitinen, J. (Jarmo). Vegetational and landscape level responses to water level fluctuations in Finnish, mid-boreal aapa mire – aro wetland environments.

Degree: 2008, University of Oulu

Abstract Gradient, which is largely considered to be related to water level in mires, is referred to as a microtopographic mud bottom to carpet to lawn to hummock level gradient or the hummock level to intermediate level (lawn) to flark level gradient. The relationship of this vegetation gradient to various physical water level characteristics was studied. The general classification used in the present summary paper divides the aro vegetation of the inland of Northern Ostrobothnia into two main groups: (a) treeless fen aro vegetation (Juncus supinus, Carex lasiocarpa, Rhynchospora fusca, Molinia caerulea) and (b) heath aro vegetation (Polytrichum commune). The first group (a) was divided into fen aro wetlands with an approximately10 cm peaty layer at most and into aro fens with a peat layer thicker than 10 cm. The treatment of the water level gradient was divided into three main groups. (1) The mean water level correlated with mire surface levels (microtopographic gradient) within mires with slight water level fluctuations and partly within mires with considerable water level fluctuations. (2) Three habitat groups could be distinguished on the basis of the range of water level fluctuation i.e. mires with slight water level fluctuations, mires with considerable water level fluctuations and the aro vegetation with extreme water level fluctuations. (3) The timing of water level fluctuations indicated that there are different types of patterns within aro wetlands, the seasonal pattern being mainly a response to yearly snow melt and the several-year-fluctuation pattern being related to the regional groundwater table fluctuation in mineral soils (heath forests). A link was suggested between the stability of the water regime and peat production in local aapa mire – aro wetland environments. From the point of view of peatland plants the direction of variation from a stable to an unstable water regime in aapa mire – aro wetland environments represents a transition towards more and more harsh ecological conditions, partly forming a gradient through natural disturbance. A qualitative functional model was provided for the mire – aro wetland systems of Northern Ostrobothnia. The model supposes differences in the characteristics of peat between two functional complexes within a mire system. Finally, the model for local mire – aro wetland systems was converted to a general from: diplotelmic (acrotelm) mires were divided into two subtypes (diplotelmic water stabilization mires, diplotelmic water fluctuation mires) and the relationship of those subtypes to percolation mires and seasonal wetlands was considered.

Subjects/Keywords: Ellenberg indicator values; diplotelmic model; ecological gradients; hydrogenetic mire types; mire vegetation; peat procuction; seasonal wetlands; wetland hydrology; wetland vegetation classification

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APA (6th Edition):

Laitinen, J. (. (2008). Vegetational and landscape level responses to water level fluctuations in Finnish, mid-boreal aapa mire – aro wetland environments. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Oulu. Retrieved from http://urn.fi/urn:isbn:9789514288791

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Laitinen, J (Jarmo). “Vegetational and landscape level responses to water level fluctuations in Finnish, mid-boreal aapa mire – aro wetland environments.” 2008. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Oulu. Accessed October 16, 2019. http://urn.fi/urn:isbn:9789514288791.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Laitinen, J (Jarmo). “Vegetational and landscape level responses to water level fluctuations in Finnish, mid-boreal aapa mire – aro wetland environments.” 2008. Web. 16 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Laitinen J(. Vegetational and landscape level responses to water level fluctuations in Finnish, mid-boreal aapa mire – aro wetland environments. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Oulu; 2008. [cited 2019 Oct 16]. Available from: http://urn.fi/urn:isbn:9789514288791.

Council of Science Editors:

Laitinen J(. Vegetational and landscape level responses to water level fluctuations in Finnish, mid-boreal aapa mire – aro wetland environments. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Oulu; 2008. Available from: http://urn.fi/urn:isbn:9789514288791

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