Articles | Volume 76, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 76, 385–399, 2021

Special issue: Geomorphology and society

Geogr. Helv., 76, 385–399, 2021

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Assessing the ecological value of dynamic mountain geomorphosites

Jonathan Bussard and Elisa Giaccone

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In mountain environments, active geomorphological processes have a strong influence on plant diversity because they act as renovators for habitats of pioneer species. In this paper, we propose criteria to assess the ecological value of dynamic mountain geomorphosites. We show that the interest of plant communities and the influence of geomorphological processes on plant communities are fundamental criteria for assessing ecological value in an exhaustive and objective way.