Title: The plants sure could use a good rain!
Abstract: When it is hot and dry, we often think of a good rainstorm as coming to the rescue. However, there are lots of reasons to believe that this may not actually be the case. In fact, recent research suggests that plants may be using water from winter precipitation even in the peak of summer. By tracing the flow of water through ecosystems using stable isotopes, we can explore the seasonal origins of water supporting plant transpiration and supplying streamflow. Then, we’ll consider how projected changes to seasonal patterns of precipitation may affect the flow of water through ecosystems and the implications for biogeochemical cycles.