Oregon State University

Carbon & water coupling in forests


Publication: a research paper analyzing 7 years of continuous micrometerological and biological observations of carbon, water, and energy fluxes in a Ponderosa Pine forest in Oregon was published in the Journal of Geographical Research - Biogeosciences.

Interannual and seasonal variability in carbon and water exchange could only be explained when measurements were delineated using the non-traditional seasonality of Hydro-Ecological Years (HEY!). The HEYs are based primarily on the seasonal hydrology of the forest system as well as the trees' response to it.

Read the complete story featured in the COAS Research Highlights Ocean&Air 2009-10. 

Full citation of the article: Thomas, C.K., Law, B.E., Irvine, J., Martin, J.G., Pettijohn, J.C. and Davis, K.J., 2009. Seasonal hydrology explains inter-annual and seasonal variation in carbon and water exchange in a semi-arid mature Ponderosa Pine forest in Central Oregon. J. Geophys. Res.-Biogeosci., 114, G04006: doi: 10.1029/2009JG001010.

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