Articles | Volume 21, issue 7
Research article
27 Jul 2017
Research article |  | 27 Jul 2017

Soil water stable isotopes reveal evaporation dynamics at the soil–plant–atmosphere interface of the critical zone

Matthias Sprenger, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Chris Soulsby


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (30 Apr 2017) by Hilary McMillan
AR by Matthias Sprenger on behalf of the Authors (04 May 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 May 2017) by Hilary McMillan
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (02 Jun 2017)
ED: Publish as is (27 Jun 2017) by Hilary McMillan
Short summary
We sampled the isotopic composition in the top 20 cm at four different sites in the Scottish Highlands at 5 cm intervals over 1 year. The relationship between the soil water isotopic fractionation and evapotranspiration showed a hysteresis pattern due to a lag response to onset and offset of the evaporative losses. The isotope data revealed that vegetation had a significant influence on the soil evaporation with evaporation being double from soils beneath Scots pine compared to heather.