Articles | Volume 26, issue 20
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 5357–5371, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-5357-2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 5357–5371, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-5357-2022
Research article
27 Oct 2022
Research article | 27 Oct 2022

Is the reputation of Eucalyptus plantations for using more water than Pinus plantations justified?

Don A. White et al.

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Of all the planting options for wood production and carbon storage, Eucalyptus species provoke the greatest concern about their effect on water resources. We compared Eucalyptus and Pinus species (the two most widely planted genera) by fitting a simple model to the published estimates of their annual water use. There was no significant difference between the two genera. This has important implications for the global debate around Eucalyptus and is an option for carbon forests.