Forests are recognized as prime regulators of the hydrological cycle. Their change has effects on the ecosystem services they provide via their water and biochemical cycles. The traditional idea that forest hydrology emphasizes the role of forests and forest management practices on runoff generation and water quality has been broadened in the light of rapid global change. Some of the largest pristine forested areas are in the tropics and have suffered drastic land-use changes during recent decades. These tropical systems are still markedly underrepresented in hydrological studies compared to temperate regions, especially concerning long-term experimental setups and monitoring networks.
Anthropogenic intervention is exerting enormous pressure on natural ecosystems, affecting water quantity and quality, and, consequently, threatening socio-economic and human development as described by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, we lack a proper understanding of how catchments respond to changing environmental conditions and disturbances. To answer these open questions, it requires interdisciplinary approaches in combination with novel monitoring methods and modelling efforts. This session brings together studies that will enhance our understanding and stimulate discussions on the impact of global change on hydrological processes in forest systems at different scales.
We invite field experimentalists and modelers to submit contributions that investigate hydrological processes in forests from boreal to tropical regions, including water quality, the carbon cycle, or ecohydrological aspects.
This session welcomes studies that:
1) Improves our understanding of forested hydrological processes using an experimental or modelling approach or a combination of both;
2) Assesses the hydrological-related impacts of land use/cover change in forested systems;
3) Presents new methods (e.g. remote sensing techniques) or tools that unveils new perspectives or data sources in forest hydrology;
4) Includes interdisciplinary research that supports the consideration of overlooked soil-plant-atmosphere components in hydrological studies.
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