Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing Hydrological Properties of Tree Elements

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2020)

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Department of Forest Utilization, Engineering and Forest Technology, Faculty of Forestry, University of Agriculture, Al. 29, Listopada 46, 31-425 Krakow, Poland
Interests: ecohydrology; forest hydrology; water cycle; urban hydrology; water capacity; retention on new ecosystems; ecosystem disturbances; retention after fires
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Department of Environment Protection and Modelling, Jan Kochanowski University, Świętokrzyska 15, 25-406 Kielce, Poland

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interception, stemflow, and throughfall are key factors changing the rainfall that reaches the forest floor, both in natural and anthropogenic areas. In water balance equations, those elements are considered crucial in ecohydrological processes. These issues may be analyzed both in the context of the entire basin and that of a single tree or tree stand. The interception process is strictly related to water capacity of tree crowns that is measured using various field and laboratory methods. Interception, stemflow, and throughfall depend on many factors that may be generally divided into 2 groups: weather factors (rainfall intensity, size of raindrops, temperature, wind) and ‘tree-stand factors’ (species, biometric features, vegetation stage, pollutants deposited on leaves, diseases of the assimilation apparatus). We also accept research on how the chemistry of stemflow and throughfall water changes, as well as how the topsoil (mulch) may influence the quantity of rainwater that would be accessible to the root system of the trees.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present the diversity of factors influencing the amount and quality of rainwater that penetrates to the forest floor. An important point will be to emphasize the multidisciplinary character of approaches to the issues of interception and stemflow. We invite autors who implement methods of study of interception, throughfall, and stemflow from other disciplines. We are interested both in studies of natural and urbanized areas, as well as those presenting rainfall simulations in controlled environments.

Prof. Dr. Artemi Cerdà
Dr. Anna Klamerus–Iwan
Dr. Rafał Kozłowski
Guest Editors

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  • interception
  • water storage capacity
  • throughfall
  • stemflow
  • pollution
  • grooving season
  • chemistry

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