How soil is affected by extreme drought
Record-breaking summer temperatures and prolonged dry spells led to much of central Europe being devastated by drought during 2018. Weather experts fear this could be repeated or exceeded in the coming years as extreme drought conditions do not only leave a trail of destruction aboveground. The EU-funded DRYSOM project will take a look at what’s happening belowground. It will investigate the effects of recurring summer drought on the long-term dynamics of soil organic matter (SOM). The research will be carried out in a 15-year-long irrigation experiment in a dry oak and pine forest.