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Give and take: how much water does soil retain for trees?

Efforts to assess the broad-scale impacts of climate extreme conditions on forest health often fall short due to the omission of the overprinting effect of soil properties on plant water availability.

More explicit consideration of soil water processes in the unsaturated zone may significantly enhance the explanatory power of models seeking to disentangle the impacts of climate extreme conditions on forest health. Plant water demand further depends on a variety of forest stand properties such as plant type, ontogenesis stage etc..

Therefore, it is crucial to assess suitable proxies of forest health to relate meteorological extreme conditions to patterns of plant physiological stress. This project aims to establish this link between climate extreme conditions and impacted forest health by filling the mentioned soil gap and mapping proxies of forest health status.