Climate variability effects on spatial soil moisture dynamics

Adriaan J. Teuling, François Hupet, Remko Uijlenhoet, Peter A. Troch

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We investigate the role of interannual climate variability on spatial soil moisture variability dynamics for a field site in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Observations were made during 3 years under intermediate (1999), wet (2000), and extremely dry conditions (2003). Soil moisture variability dynamics are simulated with a comprehensive model for the period 1989-2003. The results show that climate variability induces non-uniqueness and two distinct hysteresis modes in the yearly relation between the spatial mean soil moisture and its variability. We demonstrate that the direction of hysteresis is related to a yearly climate index that does not require soil moisture observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL06406
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 28 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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