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Publication and Report: Ecosystem Water Balance in a Desert Grassland

Product of project: Ecosystem Water Balance on Desert Vegetation: Quantification of Historical Patterns and Projection under Climate Change


2017-08-31 22:46:38
Last Update
2017-09-13 16:26:57
Start Date
End Date
Start Date
2012-09-30 05:00:00
End Date
2014-09-30 05:00:00


LCC Network Data Steward(Point of Contact), Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative(Cooperator/Partner), John B Bradford(Principal Investigator), Michael C Duniway(Co-Investigator), Seth M Munson(Co-Investigator), 2017-08-31(creation), 2017-09-13(lastUpdate), 2012-09-30(Start), 2014-09-30(End), Publication and Report: Ecosystem Water Balance in a Desert Grassland,,


​Abstract: Climate change predictions include warming and drying trends, which are expected to be particularly pronounced in the southwestern United States. In this region, grassland dynamics are tightly linked to available moisture, yet it has proven difficult to resolve what aspects of climate drive vegetation change. In part, this is because it is unclear how heterogeneity in soils affects plant responses to climate. Here, we combine climate and soil properties with a mechanistic soil water model to explain temporal fluctuations in perennial grass cover, quantify where and the degree to which incorporating soil water dynamics enhances our ability to understand temporal patterns, and explore the potential consequences of climate [...]


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Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative(Distributor)


Overall goal is to understand how climate change will impact desert vegetation from a hydrological perspective. To accomplish this goal, we have the following specific objectives: 1) Simulate water balance and availability at long-term vegetation monitoring plots. 2) Compare the model output with observed vegetation patterns to identify the features of water availability that are crucial for plant species responses. 3) Assess the vulnerability/sustainability of individual plant species and functional types by simulating site-specific water balance and availability under future climate scenarios. 4) Create ecosystem-specific applied science tools to allow managers to identify species and communities at risk under future climate scenarios based on predicted changes in plant water availability.

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