Water-use strategies leading to resilience of pine trees to global climatic change

The overarching objective of this study is to identify and quantify processes in the soil-tree-atmosphere water transport dynamics underlying the survival of pine trees at the dry timberline. To address this objective, the study design is based on three work packages.

WP1: The significance of the internal water storage in the tree and its temporal dynamics in response to drought.

WP2: Assessment of the relative importance of soil moisture vs. atmospheric vapor pressure deficit on the dynamics of water storage and transport in the tree.

WP3: Understanding the response to cavitation during dry periods using a tree water model.

Collaboration:
Dan Yakir, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Co-workers:
Yakir Preisler (PhD student)