Articles | Volume 20, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4439–4455, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4439-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4439–4455, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4439-2016

Research article 03 Nov 2016

Research article | 03 Nov 2016

Solar-forced diurnal regulation of cave drip rates via phreatophyte evapotranspiration

Katie Coleborn et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (06 May 2016) by Theresa Blume
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RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (25 Jul 2016)
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (15 Aug 2016) by Theresa Blume
AR by Katie Coleborn on behalf of the Authors (26 Aug 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (23 Sep 2016) by Theresa Blume
AR by Katie Coleborn on behalf of the Authors (04 Oct 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Oct 2016) by Theresa Blume
AR by Katie Coleborn on behalf of the Authors (12 Oct 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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This is the first observation of tree water use in cave drip water. Our novel time series analysis using the synchrosqueeze transform identified daily and sub-daily oscillations in drip rate. The only hypothesis consistent with hydrologic theory and the data was that the oscillations were caused by solar driven pumping by trees above the cave. We propose a new protocol for inferring karst architecture and our findings support research on the impact trees on speleothem paleoclimate proxies.