Experimental investigation of soil ecohydrology on rocky desert slopes in the Negev Highlands, Israel

Hikel, Harald and Yair, Aaron and Schwanghart, Wolfgang and Hoffmann, Ulrike and Straehl, Sarah and Kuhn, Nikolaus J.. (2013) Experimental investigation of soil ecohydrology on rocky desert slopes in the Negev Highlands, Israel. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie. Supplementbände. Neue Folge, Vol. 57, no. 1. pp. 39-58.

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Dryland vegetation is expected to respond sensitively to climate change and the projected variability of rainfall events. Rainfall as a water source is an obvious factor for the water supply of vegetation. However, the interaction of water and surface on rocky desert slopes with a patchy soil cover is also vital for vegetation in drylands. In particular, runoff on rocky surfaces and infiltration capacity of soil patches determine plant available water. Process-based studies into rock-soil interaction benefit from rainfall simulation, but require an approach accounting for the micro-scale heterogeneity of the slope surfaces. This study therefore aims at developing a suitable procedure for examining rock-soil interaction and the relevance of soil volume for storing plant available water in the northern Negev, Israel.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Geowissenschaften > Physiogeographie und Umweltwandel (Kuhn)
UniBasel Contributors:Kuhn, Nikolaus J. and Hikel, Harald
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Also published in: Rainfall simulation experiments with small scale simulators. - Berlin : Bornträger, 2013. - S. 39-58 -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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