Articles | Volume 26, issue 8
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-2277-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-2277-2022
Research article
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02 May 2022
Research article |  | 02 May 2022

Coupled modelling of hydrological processes and grassland production in two contrasting climates

Nicholas Jarvis, Jannis Groh, Elisabet Lewan, Katharina H. E. Meurer, Walter Durka, Cornelia Baessler, Thomas Pütz, Elvin Rufullayev, and Harry Vereecken

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We apply an eco-hydrological model to data on soil water balance and grassland growth obtained at two sites with contrasting climates. Our results show that the grassland in the drier climate had adapted by developing deeper roots, which maintained water supply to the plants in the face of severe drought. Our study emphasizes the importance of considering such plastic responses of plant traits to environmental stress in the modelling of soil water balance and plant growth under climate change.