Intensive or extensive use of soil moisture: Plant strategies to cope with stochastic water availability

Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Amilcare Michele M. Porporato, Francesco Laio, Luca Ridolfi

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Abstract

Some plants rely on a dependable winter recharge, as opposed to others that quickly respond to the intermittent and uncertain rainfall during the growing season. Using a stochastic model for the soil moisture process and a quantitative measure of plant water stress, we find climate, soil, and vegetation characteristics leading to the dominance or possible coexistence of these two strategies of water use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4495-4497
Number of pages3
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume28
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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