Ecohydrology and the Critical Zone: Processes and Patterns Across Scales

Georgianne Moore, Kevin McGuire, Peter Troch, Greg Barron-Gafford

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11 Scopus citations


Ecohydrology is concerned with the effects of hydrological processes on the distribution, structure, and function of ecosystems, and with the effects of biotic processes on elements of the water cycle (Nuttle, 2002). At the heart of ecohydrology is soil and soil moisture. Thus, only by understanding how the distribution and patterns of plants within the soil affect soil moisture-driven, Critical Zone processes will it be possible to decipher the Earth System. This effort begins with the root-soil-rock interface at the pore scale and extends to the vegetation-atmosphere boundary at global scales. This chapter focuses on the ecohydrology of both energy- and water-limited environments and on the feedbacks between vegetation and water across patch, hillslope, and catchment scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Earth Surface Processes, 2015
EditorsChris Houser, John R. Giardino
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780444633699
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Earth Surface Processes
ISSN (Print)0928-2025


  • Catchment water balance
  • Energy-limited
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Hillslope morphology
  • Vegetation change
  • Water-limited

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science


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