More water from forests – University of Copenhagen

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More water from forests

Tree species matters in water use of forests. Actually Norway spruce evaporates >100 mm more water than broadleaf tree species. A change in tree species away from Norway spruce should thus leave more water to formation of groundwater and surface water.

More water form forestIn this project we cooperate with researchers at GEUS to explore how changes in land use and particular change in tree species affects groundwater recharge and stream flow in sandy and finer textured catchments. We analyse scenarios changing tree species composition, doubling the forest area and putting willow close to steams or randomly in the catchments.

Financial support was received from the Ministry of Environment (eco-innovation).

Project period: 2011-2014