Naturally occurring abiotic disturbances have a tremendous effect on riparian systems. Geomorphic and fluvial disturbances are discussed in this paper. These disturbances help form the complex habitats found in these systems. The type of geomorphic disturbance and the recovery of the riparian ecosystem depend on the geology of the area and on the extent of the disturbance. Fluvial disturbances are also constrained by the geologic sites that act as inoculum sources to speed the recovery of the disturbed parts of the system. The aquatic portions of the riparian systems recover faster than the associated riparian vegetation, but both need the undisturbed areas to ensure recovery.
"Natural disturbance effects on riparian areas,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol1/iss1/3