Articles | Volume 17, issue 22
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-5787-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-5787-2020
Research article
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24 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 24 Nov 2020

Estimates of tree root water uptake from soil moisture profile dynamics

Conrad Jackisch, Samuel Knoblauch, Theresa Blume, Erwin Zehe, and Sibylle K. Hassler

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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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