Modeling root water uptake in hydrological and climate models

Reinder A. Feddes, Holger Hoff*, Michael Bruen, Todd Dawson, Patricia De Rosnay, Paul Dirmeyer, Robert B. Jackson, Pavel Kabat, Axel Kleidon, Allan Lilly, Andrew J. Pitman

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From 30 September to 2 October 1999 a workshop was held in Git-sur-Yvette, France, with the central objective to develop a research strategy for the next 3-5 years, aiming at a systematic description of root functioning, rooting depth, and root distribution for modeling root water uptake from local and regional to global scales. The goal was to link more closely the weather prediction and climate and hydrological models with ecological and plant physiological information in order to improve the understanding of the impact that root functioning has on the hydrological cycle at various scales. The major outcome of the workshop was a number of recommendations, detailed at the end of this paper, on root water uptake parameterization and modeling and on collection of root and soil hydraulic data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2797-2809
Number of pages13
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001


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