Special Issue "Forest Hydrology: Advances in Measuring and Modelling the Influences of Forests on Water Cycles"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Zhenghong Tan
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Guest Editor
School of Ecology and Environment, Hainan University, Hainan, China
Interests: ecohydrology; micrometeorology; ecosystem ecology; long-term ecological research; forest–atmosphere interaction
Dr. Ge Sun
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA
Interests: forest hydrology; carbon and water fluxes; watershed hydrology
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Dear Colleagues,

The influences of forests on the water cycles have been recognized since ancient times. Modern forest hydrology, the study of water movement in forests, emerged in the 1960s to address environmental issues such as soil erosion, air pollution, and watershed management.  Large progress has been made globally since then in both sciences and applications. We now know that forests are important in regulating water quantity and quality at multiple scales. Understanding forest and water relations is important for solving many emerging environmental issues facing humankind, including the grand challenges of climate change and population growth.

We now live in a new era, a new geological epoch-the Anthropocene, in which forest hydrology clearly has a new mission. We need renewed knowledge and principles of forest hydrology at a much broader scale and view the Earth as one ecosystem. We need mechanistic explanations of ecohydrological patterns so that we can improve our ability to predict future changes in water resources and adapt to a new environment.

New technologies are emerging.  New sensors, eddy covariance techniques, satellite Li-DAR, processed-based models, and big data offer new approaches to answer bigger questions on forest hydrology. It is for these reasons outlined above that we have proposed this Special Issue. You are welcome to submit your research to this issue. All topics related to forest hydrology are encouraged, including:
  • New technologies in forest hydrology research;
  • Human disturbance and forest hydrological service;
  • Process-based hydrological models;
  • Forest management and climatic changes;
  • Evapotranspiration;
  • Forest–atmospheric interaction;
  • Hydrological consequences of man-made plantations;
  • Energy, water, and carbon tradeoffs;
  • Forests and floods.

Prof. Dr. Zhenghong Tan
Dr. Ge Sun
Guest Editors

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  • remote sensing
  • eddy flux
  • watershed
  • forest management
  • long-term ecological research
  • data science

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Estimating Regional Evapotranspiration Using a Satellite-Based Wind Speed Avoiding Priestley–Taylor Approach
Water 2021, 13(21), 3144; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13213144 - 08 Nov 2021
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Wind speed (u) is a significant constraint in the evapotranspiration modeling over the highly heterogeneous regional surface due to its high temporal-spatial variation. In this study, a satellite-based Wind Speed Avoiding Priestley–Taylor (WAPT) algorithm was proposed to estimate the regional actual [...] Read more.
Wind speed (u) is a significant constraint in the evapotranspiration modeling over the highly heterogeneous regional surface due to its high temporal-spatial variation. In this study, a satellite-based Wind Speed Avoiding Priestley–Taylor (WAPT) algorithm was proposed to estimate the regional actual evapotranspiration by employing a u-independent theoretical trapezoidal space to determine the pixel Priestley–Taylor (PT) parameter Φ. The WAPT model was comprehensively evaluated with hydro-meteorological observations in the arid Heihe River Basin in northwestern China. The results show that the WAPT model can provide reliable latent heat flux estimations with the root-mean-square error (RMSE) of 46.0 W/m2 across 2013–2018 for 5 long-term observation stations and the RMSE of 49.6 W/m2 in the growing season in 2012 for 21 stations with intensive observations. The estimation by WAPT has a higher precision in the vegetation growing season than in the non-growing season. The estimation by WAPT has a closer agreement with the ground observations for vegetation-covered surfaces (e.g., corn and wetland) than that for dry sites (e.g., Gobi, desert, and desert steppe). Full article
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