Articles | Volume 24, issue 9
Review article
 | Highlight paper
11 Sep 2020
Review article | Highlight paper |  | 11 Sep 2020

In situ measurements of soil and plant water isotopes: a review of approaches, practical considerations and a vision for the future

Matthias Beyer, Kathrin Kühnhammer, and Maren Dubbert


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (12 Apr 2020) by Christine Stumpp
AR by Matthias Beyer on behalf of the Authors (23 May 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Jun 2020) by Christine Stumpp
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (02 Jul 2020)
RR by Youri Rothfuss (14 Jul 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (20 Jul 2020) by Christine Stumpp
AR by Matthias Beyer on behalf of the Authors (25 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Water isotopes are a scientific tool that can be used to identify sources of water and answer questions such as From which soil depths do plants take up water?, which are highly relevant under changing climatic conditions. In the past, the measurement of water isotopes required tremendous effort. In the last decade methods have advanced and can now be applied in the field. Herein, we review the current status of direct field measurements of water isotopes and discuss future applications.