Articles | Volume 17, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 17, 5787–5808, 2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 5787–5808, 2020

Research article 24 Nov 2020

Research article | 24 Nov 2020

Estimates of tree root water uptake from soil moisture profile dynamics

Conrad Jackisch et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (21 May 2020) by Christopher Still
AR by Conrad Jackisch on behalf of the Authors (02 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Aug 2020) by Christopher Still
RR by Jesse Nippert (27 Aug 2020)
RR by Leander Anderegg (01 Oct 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (09 Oct 2020) by Christopher Still
AR by Conrad Jackisch on behalf of the Authors (14 Oct 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
We developed software to calculate the root water uptake (RWU) of beech tree roots from soil moisture dynamics. We present our approach and compare RWU to measured sap flow in the tree stem. The study relates to two sites that are similar in topography and weather but with contrasting soils. While sap flow is very similar between the two sites, the RWU is different. This suggests that soil characteristics have substantial influence. Our easy-to-implement RWU estimate may help further studies.
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