Journal article

Eco-hydrological controls on microclimate and surface fuel evaporation in complex terrain

Petter Nyman, Craig C Baillie, Thomas J Duff, Gary J Sheridan

AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

The micrometeorological factors driving variation in litter moisture (GWClit) at the landscape scale are poorly understood, particularly in areas with heterogeneous vegetation and complex terrain. In this research we seek to quantify how climate and eco-hydrology contribute to variation in litter moisture and potential evaporation at the forest floor. Research sites were established at 12 locations in southeast Australia with variable precipitation, solar exposure, and drainage position. We measured solar radiation, air temperature, relative humidity, litter moisture, and litter temperature. Spatial patterns of GWClit, examined during two drying phases, show that moisture in the litter and i..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Research funding was provided by Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS), Melbourne Water and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). We are grateful for being able to collect field measurements on land managed by Melbourne Water and Parks Victoria. Wim Bovill, Daniel Metzen, Philip Noske and Mats Nyman helped with setting up the instrumented plots. We thank two anonymous reviewers who helped improve on a previous version of the manuscript.