Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Symposium Drought, plant hydraulic traits and vegetation modeling

Date: 04 September 2018
Location: Room C0326, Forum Building, Wageningen University Campus

Many ecosystems around the globe have experienced frequent and severe droughts in the past two decades. These extreme events have caused large-scale tree mortality and negatively affected the carbon balance of several ecosystems, including significant losses in crop production. Recent studies suggest that plant hydraulic traits are important to predict the risk of drought induced mortality and the distribution of vegetation across climatic and hydrological gradients. In this symposium, we will provide a forum for recent breakthroughs and syntheses in the field of plant hydraulics and its links to ecosystem functioning and resilience. Speakers will address diverse topics, from tree hydraulic performance under drought and the physiological thresholds that trigger mortality, to the role of climate and hydrology as drivers of hydraulic trait variation at the global scale. The symposium will also address novel process-based models that predict mortality and productivity at the tree and ecosystem level and novel methods and approaches to measure plant drought resistance.


09:00 – 09:30  Registration and Coffee

09:30 – 09:40  Welcome by Chair of the Day, Rafael Oliveira, University of Campinas / Wageningen

09:40 – 10:20  Leaf economics and xylem hydraulics drive partitioning between leaves and wood, Maurizio Mencuccini, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

10:20 – 11:00  Hydrologic regulation of plant rooting depth, Gonzalo Miguez Macho, University of Santiago de Compostela

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee break

11:30 – 12:10  Variation in water use by communities and ecosystems in different environmental regimes, Rafael Oliveira, University of Campinas

12:10 – 12:50  How can we predict drought-induced forest mortality?, Jordi Martinez-Vilalta, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

12:50 – 14:00  Lunch break

14:00 – 14:40  Novel methods and approaches to measure vegetation drought resistance, Paulo Bittencourt, University of Exeter

14:40 – 15:10  Modelling tree water and carbon balance, Frank Sterck, Wageningen University

15:20 – 15:50  Coffee / Tea break (with visit to posters)

15:50 – 16:30  Modelling tropical forest responses to drought and El Niño with a stomatal optimisation model based on xylem hydraulics, Cleiton Eller, University of Exeter

16:30 – 17:00  Plenary Discussion

17:00 – 18:00  Drinks


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