Articles | Volume 25, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2009–2025, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-2009-2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2009–2025, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-2009-2021

Research article 15 Apr 2021

Research article | 15 Apr 2021

The development and persistence of soil moisture stress during drought across southwestern Germany

Erik Tijdeman and Lucas Menzel

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (29 Sep 2020) by Markus Hrachowitz
AR by Erik Tijdeman on behalf of the Authors (24 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (26 Nov 2020) by Markus Hrachowitz
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (21 Dec 2020)
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (11 Jan 2021) by Markus Hrachowitz
AR by Erik Tijdeman on behalf of the Authors (18 Feb 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Feb 2021) by Markus Hrachowitz
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (21 Feb 2021)
ED: Publish as is (24 Feb 2021) by Markus Hrachowitz
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Short summary
Low amounts of soil moisture (SM) in the root zone negatively affect crop health. We characterized the development and duration of SM stress across the croplands of southwestern Germany. Development time mainly varied within drought years and was related to the available water-holding capacity of the root zone. Duration varied both within and between drought years and was especially high in 2018. Sensitivity analyses showed that (controls on) SM stress and SM drought characteristics differ.