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Measuring tree water use and calculating stand water use

Funding: 2005: $80,000
2006: $70,000
2007: $70,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2005

Summary: The first outcome of this project is the ability to scale from measurements of whole tree water use to whole stand water use using a combination of field measurements and a mechanistic model. Since woody vegetation is a major user of water, being able to predict stand water use for any woody ecosystem will allow water resource and catchment managers to predict catchment water yield (the amount of water available for human use) but will also allow estimation of water requirements of vegetation. Both are needed for sustainable management of water, land and vegetation. The second outcome is a mechanistic understanding of what controls water use by woody vegetation.

Keywords: tree water use, tree ecophysiology, ecosystem water use, forestry, water yield,

FOR Codes: Plant Physiology, Groundwater Hydrology, Native forests, Land and water management, Hydrogeology, Plant physiology , Hydrology