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Throughfall and its spatial variability in a temperate rainforest of simple structure


Styger, J and Kirkpatrick, JB and Unwin, G, Throughfall and its spatial variability in a temperate rainforest of simple structure, Physical Geography, 37, (3-4) pp. 251-263. ISSN 0272-3646 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02723646.2016.1169476


There are few throughfall data from southern hemisphere closed-forest, and none from Tasmanian callidendrous cool-temperate rainforest, which has a simpler structure than most primary rainforests. We determined throughfall, measured its local spatial variation, and tested its relationships with rainfall, rainfall intensity, wind speed, canopy dryness, canopy cover, and other structural variables in a cool-temperate callidendrous rainforest in Tasmania. Eighty-two percent of the precipitation was measured as throughfall, which occurred after 2.3 mm of rain fell on dry canopies. The cumulative rainfall in 25 randomly located funnel rain gauges on the forest floor varied from 160 to 567 mm. Canopy cover and other structural variables did not predict the spatial pattern of throughfall. While throughfall in rainfall events was related to rainfall amount and intensity, wind speed did not affect throughfall as a percentage of rainfall. Percentages of throughfall to rainfall over 100 for many low rainfall events may indicate a contribution of fog drip to precipitation on the forest floor. The high local spatial variability in throughfall indicates the mean moisture conditions on the forest floor may not be a good indicator of the potential for localised fire damage.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:callidendrous temperate rainforest, fire, hydrology, precipitation throughfall, Tasmania
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Styger, J (Ms Jennifer Styger)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
UTAS Author:Unwin, G (Dr Greg Unwin)
ID Code:111436
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2016-09-13
Last Modified:2019-02-15

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