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Evaluation of alternative techniques for determination of water budjet components in water-limited, heterogeneous land-use systems (WATERUSE)


We intend to provide tools for obtaining critical hydiological information on water balance of heterogeneous vegetation in low rainfall regions of Europe. The project aims to
(i) develop high-resolution geophysical and physiological (e.g. sap-flow) techniques for the study of water in soils, roots and trees;
(ii) evaluate methods for studying evapotranspiration at a single tree scale and for scaling up to communities and catchments, including the use of satellite remote-sensing;
(iii) use large-scale multi-user field experiments to compare the techniques
(iv) develop models for integrating these results for hydrological purposes. The 1st phase involves laboratory and field characterisation of novel techniques as well as the theoretical and experimental development of hardware and software. The 2nd phase is the intercomparison of the various techniques, in case studies in Portugal and Italy (emphasis on the scaling up of tree-scale to plots and catchments). The final phase will be the development of integrative models providing, in a user-friendly manner, critical hydrological information for managers and policy-makers.

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1349 017 LISBOA

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