An analytical model to relate the vertical root distribution to climate and soil properties

An analytical model to relate the vertical root distribution to climate and soil properties We propose an analytical model to relate the vertical distribution of plant roots in water controlled ecosystems to the local climatic and pedologic conditions. We find that the shape of the root profile is determined by the distribution of the incoming rainfall pulses, and that the rooting systems are deeper where the soils are coarse‐textured and the evaporative demand slightly exceeds precipitation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geophysical Research Letters Wiley

An analytical model to relate the vertical root distribution to climate and soil properties

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.
ISSN
0094-8276
eISSN
1944-8007
D.O.I.
10.1029/2006GL027331
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Abstract

We propose an analytical model to relate the vertical distribution of plant roots in water controlled ecosystems to the local climatic and pedologic conditions. We find that the shape of the root profile is determined by the distribution of the incoming rainfall pulses, and that the rooting systems are deeper where the soils are coarse‐textured and the evaporative demand slightly exceeds precipitation.

Journal

Geophysical Research LettersWiley

Published: Sep 1, 2006

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