Articles | Volume 25, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2861–2867, 2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2861–2867, 2021

Technical note 27 May 2021

Technical note | 27 May 2021

Technical note: Accounting for snow in the estimation of root zone water storage capacity from precipitation and evapotranspiration fluxes

David N. Dralle et al.

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Root zone water storage capacity determines how much water can be stored belowground to support plants during periods without precipitation. Here, we develop a satellite remote sensing method to estimate this key variable at large scales that matter for management. Importantly, our method builds on previous approaches by accounting for snowpack, which may bias estimates from existing approaches. Ultimately, our method will improve large-scale understanding of plant access to subsurface water.