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Forests, Volume 9, Issue 8 (August 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Cover Image: Canopy traits are integral the study of trees and forest ecosystem function, but can [...] Read more. Cover Image: Canopy traits are integral the study of trees and forest ecosystem function, but can be notoriously difficult to assess, often due to challenges inherent in reaching the treetops of established stands. Ecohydrology students at the University of Michigan Biological Station take advantage of a ‘zero-emissions’ battery operated canopy lift to assess physiological and morphological traits of leaves and branches in a 100 year old temperate deciduous forest. Trait observations like these are compiled across multiple ecosystems in the article “Plant Hydraulic Trait Covariation: A Global Meta-Analysis to Reduce Degrees of Freedom in Trait-Based Hydrologic Models.” The cross-trait relationships observed in this work can be used to simplify hydraulically based models of transpiration and root water uptake. While newly developed statistical models relating different trait combinations, or hydraulic strategies, to drought vulnerability can be used as a benchmark for model skill.