Tree crowns in the Hainich National Park

Group Terrestrial Ecohydrology

Tree crowns in the Hainich National Park
Image: Janett Filipzik

The group applies modeling and field research to investigate the feedbacks between vegetation and the water cycle from the top of the canopy to the bottom of the rooting zone. Our main focus lies on interaction processes that have a capacity to tip the overall system behaviour, and we seek to understand the related mechanisms in order to better represent them in environmental models. We investigate canopy processes, vegetation induced spatial patterns of soil hydrologic properties and soil moisture as well as the process of root water uptake.

The group was in fall 2018 formed based on a joint professorship between the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ  in Leipzig. We belong both to the Institute for Geosciences at the FSU and the Department Computational Hydrosystems at UFZ. 

News from the group

Field campaign
Image: Ruth Magh
Field installations
Kick-off for the 3rd phase of #AquaDiva's B02 subproject. Installing unwalled lysimeters to monitor water and matter fluxes in the subsurface influenced by aboveground vegetation structure (here installed in a Scots pine stand).
Group Terrestrial Ecohydrology