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Deep soil moisture storage and transpiration in forests and pastures of seasonally-dry Amazonia

Literature: Journal Articles

Jipp, P. H., Nepstad, D. C., Cassel, D. K., & Reis de Carvalho, C. 1998. "Deep soil moisture storage and transpiration in forests and pastures of seasonally-dry Amazonia", Climatic change, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 395-412.


  • The Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC, U.S.A.
  • The Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, MA, U.S.A.
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, U.S.A.
  • Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropequaria, Bel´em, Para, Brazil


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  • This study conducted in the seasonal rainforest of Northern Brazil (Para), compared pasture, mature forest, and natural forest re-growth (capoeira)
  • The authors found that in less than 15 years, the secondary forest had similar hydrological functioning to the mature forest, in terms of seasonally averaged soil water reserves (at depths of 0-8m) and evapo-transpiration. 
  • They also found that trees transpire more water during dry seasons and years than what falls in total rain (ie, evapo-transpiration is higher than rainfall)- this is possible due to the re-charge of the groundwater during the wet season and the trees having deep roots to tap it.

Geographical Region

  • Amazon Basin
  • Country

  • Brazil
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