Agricultural intensification and drought frequency increases may have landscape-level consequences for ephemeral ecosystems

Glob Chang Biol. 2017 Mar;23(3):983-985. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13549. Epub 2016 Nov 21.


Ephemeral wetlands in arid regions are often degraded or destroyed through poor land-use practice long before they are ever studied or prioritized for conservation. Climate change will likely also have implications for these ecosystems given forecast changes in rainfall patterns in many arid environments. Here, we present a conceptual diagram showing typical and modified ephemeral wetlands in agricultural landscapes and how modification impacts on species diversity and composition.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture*
  • Climate Change*
  • Desert Climate*
  • Droughts
  • Ecosystem