Articles | Volume 14, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 14, 2199–2224, 2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 2199–2224, 2017

Reviews and syntheses 02 May 2017

Reviews and syntheses | 02 May 2017

Reviews and syntheses: Isotopic approaches to quantify root water uptake: a review and comparison of methods

Youri Rothfuss and Mathieu Javaux

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Plant root water uptake (RWU) has been documented for the past 5 decades from water stable isotopic analysis. In this paper, we review the different methods for reconstructing RWU profiles on the basis of isotopic information and confront them with each other during a series of virtual experiments. Finally, we call for a development of approaches coupling physically based RWU models with controlled condition experimental setups.
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