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Precipitation Partitioning by Vegetation

A Global Synthesis

  • John T. Van Stan, II
  • Ethan Gutmann
  • Jan Friesen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Anna Klamerus-Iwan, Timothy E. Link, Richard F. Keim, John T. Van Stan II
    Pages 17-34
  3. Miriam Coenders-Gerrits, Bart Schilperoort, César Jiménez-Rodríguez
    Pages 35-48
  4. Seyed Mohammad Moein Sadeghi, D. Alex Gordon, John T. Van Stan II
    Pages 49-70
  5. Alexandra G. Ponette-González, John T. Van Stan II, Donát Magyar
    Pages 71-88
  6. John T. Van Stan II, Anke Hildebrandt, Jan Friesen, Johanna C. Metzger, Sandra A. Yankine
    Pages 89-104
  7. Aron Stubbins, François Guillemette, John T. Van Stan II
    Pages 121-132
  8. Glenda Mendieta-Leiva, Philipp Porada, Maaike Y. Bader
    Pages 133-146
  9. John T. Van Stan II, Cindy E. Morris, Kyaw Aung, Yakov Kuzyakov, Donát Magyar, Eria A. Rebollar et al.
    Pages 229-252
  10. David J. Nowak, Robert Coville, Theodore Endreny, Reza Abdi, John T. Van Stan II
    Pages 253-268
  11. Scott T. Allen, Doug P. Aubrey, Maaike Y. Bader, Miriam Coenders-Gerrits, Jan Friesen, Ethan D. Gutmann et al.
    Pages 269-280
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 281-281

About this book


This book presents research on precipitation partitioning processes in vegetated ecosystems, putting them into a global context. It describes the processes by which meteoric water comes into contact with the vegetation's canopy, typically the first surface contact of precipitation on land. It also discusses how precipitation partitioning by vegetation impacts the amount, patterning, and chemistry of water reaching the surface, as well as the amount and timing of evaporative return to the atmosphere. Although this process has been extensively studied, this is the first review of the global literature on the partitioning of precipitation by forests, shrubs, crops, grasslands and other less-studies plant types. 

The authors offer global contextualization combined with a detailed discussion of the impacts for the climate and terrestrial ecohydrological systems. As such, this comprehensive overview is a valuable reference tool for a wide range of specialists and students in the fields of geoscience and the environment.


Vegetation canopies Precipitation planning Ecohydrology Precipitation partitioning Climate change and partitioning Precipitation and ecohydrological systems Canopy precipitation partitioning Rainfall partitioning by vegetation Rainfall-runoff Throughfall and stemflow Precipitation interception Canopy drip

Editors and affiliations

  • John T. Van Stan, II
    • 1
  • Ethan Gutmann
    • 2
  • Jan Friesen
    • 3
  1. 1.Applied Coastal Research LaboratoryGeorgia Southern UniversitySavannahUSA
  2. 2.Research Applications LabNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  3. 3.Department of Catchment HydrologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZLeipzigGermany

About the editors

Dr. Van Stan is an ecohydrologist at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia (USA). He enjoys collecting field observations of water and elemental fluxes in vegetated ecosystems during storms—and developing sensors to overcome observational limitations when they arise. He has worked at sites in North and Central America and Europe to improve our understanding of how precipitation partitioning affects other ecosystem processes within, above and below plant canopies. 

Dr. Gutmann is a hydrologist in the Research Applications Lab at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado (USA). His background in hydrology, geology, and computer science found a happy marriage in remote sensing and hydrological and atmospheric modeling. A passion for the outdoors has taken him to remote corners of the world, climbing mountains in Peru, Nepal and Tanzania. Ethan also enjoys scientific outreach, having dabbled in science blogging at arstechnica and science videography with Earth Initiatives. 

Dr. Friesen is an ecohydrologist at the Department of Catchment Hydrology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig (Germany). His research primarily focuses on forest ecohydrology, remote sensing, and sensor development where he applies and develops new monitoring solutions to bridge the gap between site studies and remote sensing. He has extensive experience in semi-arid and data scarce countries such as Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Oman and his work has a strong connection to water management issues.

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