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Multiple Methods of Estimating Ecosystem Water Use Evaluated in the Field at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Published: November 14, 2001
Posted: November 30, 2001

Evapotranspiration (ET) in terrestrial ecosystems is a critical component of the climate system, and better understanding of controls on, and magnitudes of, ET is needed to improve climate models. A multi-year, multi-method study of ET was conducted in an uneven-aged mixed-species deciduous forest at the DOE National Environmental Research Park at Oak Ridge, TN, by Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist Dr. Paul Hanson and several of his colleagues. The study will lead to improved understanding of water use by forests, and as a result, improved understanding of Earth's climate systems. Key results of this BER-funded study were published recently in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Contact: Jeff Amthor, SC-74, 3-2507
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Terrestrial Ecosystem Science

Division: SC-23.1 Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, BER
      (formerly SC-74 Environmental Sciences Division, OBER)


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