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14 November 2013
Organisation: Uppsala Universitet

Water, Forests and Footprints – Finding the Right Scale for Sustainability

In his presentation Kevin Bishop tried to unfold how forests impact water partitioning at different scales. At a local catchment scale, a removal of forests usually increases the total flow, always increases the peak flows, and can increase as well as decrease the base flow. Although there exists some ambiguity regarding the role of forests, all scientific studies confirm that forests have larger evapotranspiration (ET) than most other land uses. (Evapotranspiration is the sum of evaporation and plant transpiration from the Earth’s land surface to atmosphere) However, there are studies that consider impacts of forests on water availability for annual mass balances at the local watershed level misleading.

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