Michael Osland, Beth A. Middleton, Tropical wetlands in the Anthropocene: the critical role of wet-dry cycles, The Solutions Journal, Volume 9, Issue 3, July 2018, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/tropical-wetlands-anthropocene-critical-role-wet-dry-cycles/) Abstract: THE CRITICAL ROLE OF WET-DRY CYCLES Although tropical wetlands depend on seasonal periods of wet and dry conditions, these wetlands are increasingly threatened by changes in hydrology.1-5 These hydrologic alterations are due to human-related drivers including climate change and water management designed to meet agricultural, industrial, and urban water needs. The negative ecological impacts to such wetlands are expected to increase in the future despite the many societal benefits provided by these ecosystems. In addition to providing habitat for fish and wildlife, tropical wetlands provide food, store flood waters, improve water quality, and provide valuable grazing lands. [caption id="attachment_8748" align="alignleft" width="508" credit="Kriticos, DJ et al. (2012)"]Fig. 1 Map of the distribution of tropical wet-dry climates. These are climates where wet-dry hydrologic cycles govern flooding regimes, control seasonal ecological cycles, and drive ecosystem functions within … Topics: Conservation