Water’s path from moss to soil

A multi-methodological study on water absorption and evaporation of soil-moss combinations

Within the MesiCrust project a new paper was published regarding the influence of moss structural traits such as leaf area, leaf frequency and shoot density on maximum water storage capacities and evaporation rates of five moss species typical for Central European temperate forests. Furthermore, we investigated species-specific effects on water absorption and evaporation patterns in moss layers, moss-soil-interfaces and soil substrates using biocrust wetness probes.

The paper can be found in the special issue on “Biocrust Hydrology” of the Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics (JHH) [direct link].