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Water Use Efficiency – across scales, climates and continents

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Water use efficiency (WUE) – however defined - is one of the most high profile topics of current forest research. The significance of forests to carbon and water budgets at Local, regional and global scales, as well as increasing population-driven pressure on ecosystem services provided by forests, is driving exceptional growth in WUE research inputs and outputs. Governments, companies, and global communities are all seeking further information owing to that significance, and to the core role of water in sustainability more broadly. This topic welcomes research at a wide range of scales – from the molecular to the continental and global – and using approaches that encompass laboratory and field as well as remote sensing, modelling and other desk-top studies. Forester researchers who work on yield and growth, as well as soil scientists, physiologists, ecologists, hydrologists, biogeochemists and atmospheric scientists and many more, have contributions to make to this critical topic. We especially seek contributions that tackle aspects such as the drivers and implications which alter WUE over time and space.


Keywords: Water use efficiency, Forests, Ecosystem Services, Global Change, Forest Hydrology


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Water use efficiency (WUE) – however defined - is one of the most high profile topics of current forest research. The significance of forests to carbon and water budgets at Local, regional and global scales, as well as increasing population-driven pressure on ecosystem services provided by forests, is driving exceptional growth in WUE research inputs and outputs. Governments, companies, and global communities are all seeking further information owing to that significance, and to the core role of water in sustainability more broadly. This topic welcomes research at a wide range of scales – from the molecular to the continental and global – and using approaches that encompass laboratory and field as well as remote sensing, modelling and other desk-top studies. Forester researchers who work on yield and growth, as well as soil scientists, physiologists, ecologists, hydrologists, biogeochemists and atmospheric scientists and many more, have contributions to make to this critical topic. We especially seek contributions that tackle aspects such as the drivers and implications which alter WUE over time and space.


Keywords: Water use efficiency, Forests, Ecosystem Services, Global Change, Forest Hydrology


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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