Hopmans et al., 2012

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Response to Comment on Soil moisture response to snowmelt and rainfall in a Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest

Hopmans, J.W., R.C. Bales, A.T. O'Geen, C.T. Hunsaker, D. Beaudette, P.C. Hartsough, A. Malazian, P. Kirchner, and Meadows, M. (2012)
Vadose Zone Journal. 11  

Abstract

We appreciate the comments by Graham and Hubbert (2012) regarding our finding (Bales et al., 2011) that water stored in deeper soils and weathered granitic rock (regolith) provides a signifi cant fraction of water for forest evapotranspiration. Our multi-year hydrologic measurements confi rm and complement their earlier fi nding that moisture supplies deeper in the critical zone maintain healthy forested ecosystems in the southern Sierra Nevada despite shallow soils and a typical long dry season during the summer and fall. Indeed, we were unaware of some of the references presented in their comment...

Citation

Hopmans, J.W., R.C. Bales, A.T. O'Geen, C.T. Hunsaker, D. Beaudette, P.C. Hartsough, A. Malazian, P. Kirchner, and Meadows, M. (2012): Response to Comment on Soil moisture response to snowmelt and rainfall in a Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest. Vadose Zone Journal. 11. DOI: 10.2136/vzj2012.0004r

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