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Volume 12, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 12, 961–975, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-961-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Biogeosciences, 12, 961–975, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-961-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 17 Feb 2015

Research article | 17 Feb 2015

Drought in forest understory ecosystems – a novel rainfall reduction experiment

K. F. Gimbel et al.

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This paper introduces a novel rainfall reduction experiment to investigate drought effects on soil-forest-understory-ecosystems. An annual drought with a return period of 40 years was imposed, while other ecosystem variables (humidity, air & soil temperature) remained unaffected. The first year of drought showed considerable changes in soil moisture dynamics, which affected leaf stomatal conductance of understory species as well as evapotranspiration rates of the forest understory ecosystem.
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