Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Research article
22 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 22 Jun 2016

Analysis of the drought recovery of Andosols on southern Ecuadorian Andean páramos

Vicente Iñiguez, Oscar Morales, Felipe Cisneros, Willy Bauwens, and Guido Wyseure

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The drought recovery of the soils in Neotropical Andean grasslands above 3500 m a.s.l. known as "páramo" was studied in this paper. The main aim was to estimate the recovery speed of the páramo soils after drought periods. A typical catchment on the páramo at 3500 m a.s.l. was compared to a lower grassland one at 2600 m a.s.l. The study revealed that, at the plot scale, the soil moisture drought recovery was higher in the páramo. At the catchment scale, however, was not as pronounced.