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Precipitation partitioning by vegetation: A global synthesis

John Van Stan1, Ethan Gutman2, and Jan Friesen3
John Van Stan et al.
  • 1Georgia Southern University, Applied Coastal Research Lab, Department of Geology & Geography, Savannah GA, United States of America (
  • 2National Center for Atmospheric Research, Research Applications Lab, Hydrometeorological Applications Program, Boulder CO, United States of America
  • 3Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department of Catchment Hydrology, Leipzig, Germany

We aim to discuss topics and questions raised by the recent book published under this presentation's title. The book presents research on precipitation partitioning processes in vegetated ecosystems, putting them into a global context. It describes the processes by which meteoric water comes into contact with the vegetation's canopy, typically the first surface contact of precipitation on land. It also discusses how precipitation partitioning by vegetation impacts the amount, patterning, and chemistry of water reaching the surface, as well as the amount and timing of evaporative return to the atmosphere. Although this process has been extensively studied, this is the first review of the global literature on the partitioning of precipitation by forests, shrubs, crops, grasslands and other less-studies plant types.  

How to cite: Van Stan, J., Gutman, E., and Friesen, J.: Precipitation partitioning by vegetation: A global synthesis, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-19838,, 2020

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  • AC1: Comment on EGU2020-19838, John Van Stan, 06 May 2020

    Hi Everyone - Please comment on the YouTube videos. This will nicely organize everyone's thoughts by chapter and it means I get a notification, so I can respond right away :)

    Look forward to chatting,