Ecohydrology of Water-Controlled Ecosystems: Soil Moisture and Plant Dynamics

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Cambridge University Press, 26 feb 2007
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Ecohydrology of Water-controlled Ecosystems addresses the connections between the hydrologic cycle and plant ecosystems, with special emphasis on arid and semi-arid climates. This important topic is treated by building suitable mathematical models of the physics involved and then applying them to study the ecosystem structure and its response to rainfall and climate forcing in different parts of the world, including savannas, grasslands and forests. It investigates the vegetation response to water stress (drought), the hydrologic control on cycles of soil nutrients, and the dynamics of plant competition for water. The book also offers insights into processes closely related to soil moisture dynamics, such as soil-atmosphere interaction and soil gas emissions. This book will appeal to advanced students and researchers from a large range of disciplines, including environmental science, hydrology, ecology, earth science, civil and environmental engineering, agriculture and atmospheric science.
 

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Indice

1 Introduction
1
2 Stochastic soil moisture dynamics and water balance
15
3 Crossing properties of soil moisture dynamics
59
4 Plant water stress
86
5 Applications to natural ecosystems
117
from hourly to growingseason time scale
179
7 Plant strategies and water use
212
8 Seasonal and interannual fluctuations in soil moisture dynamics
236
9 Spatial scale issues in soil moisture dynamics
268
10 Hydrologic controls on nutrient cycles
306
11 Hydrologic variability and ecosystem structure
360
References
417
Species Index
439
Subject Index
440
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