The influence of annual precipitation, topography, and vegetative cover on soil moisture and summer drought in southern California

The influence of annual precipitation, topography, and vegetative cover on soil moisture and... The influence of annual precipitation and vegetation cover on soil moisture and on the length of the summer drought was estimated quantitatively using 9 years of soil moisture data collected at Echo Valley in southern California. The measurements support the conclusions that in the semi-arid mediterranean climate a soil drought will occur regardless of vegetation cover and annual precipitation, but the length of the drought is greatly dependent on soil depth and rockiness. Evergreen species which can survive this drought tend to accentuate the drought, especially in deep soil levels, by developing a canopy with a large transpiring surface. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oecologia Springer Journals

The influence of annual precipitation, topography, and vegetative cover on soil moisture and summer drought in southern California

Oecologia, Volume 56 (2) – Feb 1, 1983

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1983 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Life Sciences; Ecology; Plant Sciences
ISSN
0029-8549
eISSN
1432-1939
D.O.I.
10.1007/BF00379717
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Abstract

The influence of annual precipitation and vegetation cover on soil moisture and on the length of the summer drought was estimated quantitatively using 9 years of soil moisture data collected at Echo Valley in southern California. The measurements support the conclusions that in the semi-arid mediterranean climate a soil drought will occur regardless of vegetation cover and annual precipitation, but the length of the drought is greatly dependent on soil depth and rockiness. Evergreen species which can survive this drought tend to accentuate the drought, especially in deep soil levels, by developing a canopy with a large transpiring surface.

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OecologiaSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 1, 1983

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