Articles | Volume 20, issue 3
Research article
01 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 01 Apr 2016

Does drought alter hydrological functions in forest soils?

Katharina F. Gimbel, Heike Puhlmann, and Markus Weiler


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (04 Dec 2015) by Markus Hrachowitz
AR by Katharina Gimbel on behalf of the Authors (18 Jan 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Jan 2016) by Markus Hrachowitz
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (13 Feb 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (29 Feb 2016) by Markus Hrachowitz
AR by Katharina Gimbel on behalf of the Authors (07 Mar 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
It is usually assumed that soil properties are not affected by drought events. We used dye tracer experiments to test this assumption on six forest soils, which were forced into drought conditions. The results of this study show clear evidence for changes in infiltration pathways. In addition, most soils developed soil water repellency. Overall, the results suggest that the past climatic conditions are more important than the actual soil moisture status regarding hydrophobicity and infiltration.