Ecohydrology-a challenging multidisciplinary research perspective

Amilcare Michele M. Porporato, Ignacio Rodriguez-iturbe

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Ecohydrology is the science that studies the mutual interaction between the hydrological cycle and ecosystems. Such an interaction is especially intense in water-controlled ecosystems, where water may be a limiting factor, not only because of its scarcity, but also because of its intermittent and unpredictable appearance. Soil moisture is the key variable modulating the complex dynamics of the climate-soil-vegetation system and controlling the spatial and temporal patterns of vegetation. In this note the authors' perspective to the field is discussed and some open questions are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-821
Number of pages11
JournalHydrological Sciences Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology


  • Climate-soil-vegetation
  • Disturbances
  • Ecohydrology
  • Ecosystems
  • Scale problems
  • System dynamics


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