Articles | Volume 20, issue 22
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-4491-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-4491-2023
Research article
 | 
17 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 17 Nov 2023

Coordination of rooting, xylem, and stomatal strategies explains the response of conifer forest stands to multi-year drought in the southern Sierra Nevada of California

Junyan Ding, Polly Buotte, Roger Bales, Bradley Christoffersen, Rosie A. Fisher, Michael Goulden, Ryan Knox, Lara Kueppers, Jacquelyn Shuman, Chonggang Xu, and Charles D. Koven

Related authors

Inclusion of a cold hardening scheme to represent frost tolerance is essential to model realistic plant hydraulics in the Arctic–boreal zone in CLM5.0-FATES-Hydro
Marius S. A. Lambert, Hui Tang, Kjetil S. Aas, Frode Stordal, Rosie A. Fisher, Yilin Fang, Junyan Ding, and Frans-Jan W. Parmentier
Geosci. Model Dev., 15, 8809–8829, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-15-8809-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-15-8809-2022, 2022
Short summary

Related subject area

Biogeophysics: Ecohydrology
Inclusion of bedrock vadose zone in dynamic global vegetation models is key for simulating vegetation structure and function
Dana A. Lapides, W. Jesse Hahm, Matthew Forrest, Daniella M. Rempe, Thomas Hickler, and David N. Dralle
Biogeosciences, 21, 1801–1826, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-1801-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-1801-2024, 2024
Short summary
The dynamics of marsh-channel slump blocks: an observational study using repeated drone imagery
Zhicheng Yang, Clark Alexander, and Merryl Alber
Biogeosciences, 21, 1757–1772, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-1757-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-1757-2024, 2024
Short summary
Understanding the effects of revegetated shrubs on fluxes of energy, water, and gross primary productivity in a desert steppe ecosystem using the STEMMUS–SCOPE model
Enting Tang, Yijian Zeng, Yunfei Wang, Zengjing Song, Danyang Yu, Hongyue Wu, Chenglong Qiao, Christiaan van der Tol, Lingtong Du, and Zhongbo Su
Biogeosciences, 21, 893–909, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-893-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-893-2024, 2024
Short summary
Imaging of the electrical activity in the root zone under limited-water-availability stress: a laboratory study for Vitis vinifera
Benjamin Mary, Veronika Iván, Franco Meggio, Luca Peruzzo, Guillaume Blanchy, Chunwei Chou, Benedetto Ruperti, Yuxin Wu, and Giorgio Cassiani
Biogeosciences, 20, 4625–4650, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-4625-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-4625-2023, 2023
Short summary
Drought and radiation explain swings in Amazon rainforest greenness during the 2015–2016 drought
Yi Y. Liu, Albert I. J. M. van Dijk, Patrick Meir, and Tim R. McVicar
Biogeosciences Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2023-155,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2023-155, 2023
Revised manuscript accepted for BG
Short summary

Cited articles

Abatzoglou, J. T. and Brown, T. J.: A comparison of statistical downscaling methods suited for wildfire applications, Int. J. Climatol., 32, 772–780, 2012. 
Agee, E., He, L., Bisht, G., Couvreur, V., Shahbaz, P., Meunier, F., Gough, C. M., Matheny, A. M., Bohrer, G., and Ivanov, V.: Root lateral interactions drive water uptake patterns under water limitation, Adv. Water Resour., 151, 103896, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2021.103896, 2021. 
Anderegg, L. D. L. and Hillerislambers, J.: Drought stress limits the geographic ranges of two tree species via different physiological mechanisms, Glob. Chang. Biol., 22, 1029–1045, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13148, 2016. 
Anderegg, W. R., Plavcová, L., Anderegg, L. D., Hacke, U. G., Berry, J. A., and Field, C. B.: Drought's legacy: multiyear hydraulic deterioration underlies widespread aspen forest die-off and portends increased future risk, Glob. Change Biol., 19, 1188–1196, 2013. 
Baker, K. V., Tai, X., Miller, M. L., and Johnson, D. M.: Six co-occurring conifer species in northern Idaho exhibit a continuum of hydraulic strategies during an extreme drought year, AoB PLANTS, 11, 1–3, https://doi.org/10.1093/aobpla/plz056, 2019. 
Download
Short summary
We used a vegetation model to investigate how the different combinations of plant rooting depths and the sensitivity of leaves and stems to drying lead to differential responses of a pine forest to drought conditions in California, USA. We found that rooting depths are the strongest control in that ecosystem. Deep roots allow trees to fully utilize the soil water during a normal year but result in prolonged depletion of soil moisture during a severe drought and hence a high tree mortality risk.
Altmetrics
Final-revised paper
Preprint