Journal Highlights

Exploring the hydrological impacts of tree dieoffs in a semi-arid woodland

Editors' Highlight—

 

The death of piñon-juniper trees following the recent drought in the southwestern United States has received much attention. However, there are remarkably few detailed field-based measurements of the hydrologic impacts on mortality and this paper presents a well-designed experiment to assess these impacts. The key finding is that heavy tree mortality induced by climate-change-driven drought in turn decreases soil water availability and puts stress on the remaining trees. This is a new finding which contributes to knowledge about hydrological impacts of forest dieoffs. These results and will be of interest to many communities within hydrology and ecosystem ecology.