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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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.