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Process overview: water storage

Diagram of water storage processWater storage refers to the capacity for an ecosystem complex to permanently or temporarily store water.


The figure at right shows the general effect of wetlands on stream flow (Mitsch and Gosselink 1993).


Structures that affect water storage:

  • Scrub-shrub forest
  • Emergent marsh 

Ecosystem functions that are affected by water storage:

  • Water quality maintenance
  • Flood attenuation

Contact information

Ronald Thom, Ph.D

Marine Research Operations, PNNL
1529 W. Sequim Bay Rd.
Sequim, WA 98382