Articles | Volume 26, issue 20
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Is the reputation of Eucalyptus plantations for using more water than Pinus plantations justified?
- Final revised paper (published on 27 Oct 2022)
- Supplement to the final revised paper
- Preprint (discussion started on 16 Jun 2022)
- Supplement to the preprint
Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor |
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RC1: 'Comment on hess-2022-200', Michael Ryan, 08 Aug 2022
- AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Don White, 11 Aug 2022
- AC4: 'Reply on RC1', Don White, 22 Aug 2022
CC1: 'Comment on hess-2022-200', Auro Almeida, 09 Aug 2022
- AC2: 'Reply on CC1', Don White, 11 Aug 2022
RC2: 'Comment on hess-2022-200', Anonymous Referee #2, 11 Aug 2022
- AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Don White, 11 Aug 2022
Peer review completion
AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (30 Aug 2022) by Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling
AR by Don White on behalf of the Authors (16 Sep 2022)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (21 Sep 2022) by Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling
AR by Don White on behalf of the Authors (29 Sep 2022)  Author's response Manuscript
The study did a meta-analysis of Eucalyptus versus Pinus water annual Evapotranspiration (ET) for 57 closed-canopy plantations and used the relationship between Vegetation Evaporation Efficiency (VEE, ET/Potential ET (PET)) versus Climate Wetness Index (CWI, Precipitation (P)/PET) to assess differences between the genera using an Analysis of Covariance. The range of ET, P, PET and CWI was similar for the two genera. The analysis concluded that both genera had an identical relationship of Vegetation Evaporation Efficiency with Climate Wetness Index, contrary to current expectations. The study clearly shows that differences in genera planted are unimportant in determining ET compared to the differences between plantation forests and the prior land use (pasture or native forest).
This is an important, very sound study and very clearly presented in a thorough, well-written manuscript. In addition to the comparison of ET by the genera, the Discussion also argues that the timing of measurements during the growth of plantations and the length of the rotation are important considerations for assessing differences in ET among genera.
L91: ‘have found that not observed’ should be ‘have not observed’.
L144: Should ‘Energy Limit’ be included in the definitions?
L178: What is reference evaporation?
L341 and elsewhere: limit numbers to three significant digits.
L411: ‘similar (Beynon and Doody, 2015), Figure 3)’ should be ‘similar (Benyon and Doody, 2015, Figure 3).