Journal article

Transpiration by established trees could increase the efficiency of stormwater control measures

Jasmine K Thom, Christopher Szota, Andrew M Coutts, Tim D Fletcher, Stephen J Livesley

Water Research | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020


Evapotranspiration is an important aspect of the hydrological cycle in natural landscapes. In cities, evapotranspiration is typically limited by reduced vegetation and extensive impervious surfaces. Stormwater control measures (SCMs) seek, among other objectives, to move the urban hydrological cycle towards pre-development conditions, promoting processes such as infiltration and evapotranspiration. Yet, evapotranspiration is generally assumed to play a minor role in the water balance of stormwater control measures. Since established urban trees can use large quantities of water, their inclusion with stormwater control measures could potentially substantially increase evapotranspiration. We i..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP140100885] with partner organisations including City West Water, Melbourne Water, and the Nursery and Gardens Industry Australia; the Office of Living Victoria, Australia; and the City of Monash, Australia. Ms. JT was also supported by an Australian Government RTP Scholarship. We thank the project steering committee: Sarah Wilkinson, Keysha Milenkovic, and Rachelle Adamowicz (Melbourne Water), Robyn Mitchell, Ari Triskelidis, Patrick Mallon, Kanchana Withana and John Klein (City of Monash) and Ralph Pfleiderer (City of Melbourne). We also thank those who assisted in the field campaign: Caitlin Moore, Darren Hocking, Peter Poelsma, and Rob James. Finally, we thank those who contributed valuable comment on the early stages of the manuscript: Claire Farrell, Carola Pritzkow, and Linda Parker.