Intensive or extensive use of soil moisture: Plant strategies to cope with stochastic water availability


Journal Article

Some plants rely on a dependable winter recharge, as opposed to others that quickly respond to the intermittent and uncertain rainfall during the growing season. Using a stochastic model for the soil moisture process and a quantitative measure of plant water stress, we find climate, soil, and vegetation characteristics leading to the dominance or possible coexistence of these two strategies of water use.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rodriguez-Iturbe, I; Porporato, A; Laio, F; Ridolfi, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 23

Start / End Page

  • 4495 - 4497

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-8276

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1029/2001GL012905

Citation Source

  • Scopus