Reforesting severely degraded grassland in the Lesser Himalaya of Central Nepal: effects on soil hydraulic conductivity and overland flow production

C.P. Ghimire, M. Bonell, L.A. Bruijnzeel, N.A. Coles, M.W. Lubczynski

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    Abstract

    Severely degraded hillslopes in the Lesser Himalaya challenge local communities as a result of the frequent occurrence of overland flow and erosion during the rainy season and water shortages during the dry season. Reforestation is often perceived as an effective way of restoring predisturbance hydrological conditions but heavy usage of reforested land in the region has been shown to hamper full recovery of soil hydraulic properties. This paper investigates the effect of reforestation and forest usage on field-saturated soil hydraulic conductivities (K
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2528-2545
    JournalJournal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface
    Volume118
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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