Articles | Volume 19, issue 14
Research article
20 Jul 2022
Research article |  | 20 Jul 2022

Exploring the role of bedrock representation on plant transpiration response during dry periods at four forested sites in Europe

César Dionisio Jiménez-Rodríguez, Mauro Sulis, and Stanislaus Schymanski

Data sets

SAPFLUXNET: A global database of sap flow measurements Rafael Poyatos, Víctor Granda, Víctor Flo, Roberto Molowny-Horas, Kathy Steppe, Maurizio Mencuccini, and Jordi Martínez-Vilalta

Model code and software

Scripts for data analysis of transpiration rates obtained from point scale simulations of SAPFLUXNET sites carried out with CLM 5 Cesar Dionisio Jimenez-Rodriguez

HErZ – Hans-Ertel Centre for Weather Research (University of Bonn, Germany) and DWD – Deutscher Wetterdienst: COSMO-REA6 HErZ and DWD

Short summary
Vegetation relies on soil water reservoirs during dry periods. However, when this source is depleted, the plants may access water stored deeper in the rocks. This rock moisture contribution is usually omitted in large-scale models, which affects modeled plant water use during dry periods. Our study illustrates that including this additional source of water in the Community Land Model improves the model's ability to reproduce observed plant water use at seasonally dry sites.
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