Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Research article
13 Sep 2021
Research article |  | 13 Sep 2021

Exploring how groundwater buffers the influence of heatwaves on vegetation function during multi-year droughts

Mengyuan Mu, Martin G. De Kauwe, Anna M. Ukkola, Andy J. Pitman, Weidong Guo, Sanaa Hobeichi, and Peter R. Briggs


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esd-2021-31', Anonymous Referee #1, 03 Jun 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on esd-2021-31', Anonymous Referee #2, 07 Jun 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on esd-2021-31', Anonymous Referee #3, 12 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (20 Jul 2021) by Jakob Zscheischler
AR by Mengyuan Mu on behalf of the Authors (29 Jul 2021)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Jul 2021) by Jakob Zscheischler
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (02 Aug 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (03 Aug 2021)
ED: Publish as is (03 Aug 2021) by Jakob Zscheischler
AR by Mengyuan Mu on behalf of the Authors (04 Aug 2021)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Groundwater can buffer the impacts of drought and heatwaves on ecosystems, which is often neglected in model studies. Using a land surface model with groundwater, we explained how groundwater sustains transpiration and eases heat pressure on plants in heatwaves during multi-year droughts. Our results showed the groundwater’s influences diminish as drought extends and are regulated by plant physiology. We suggest neglecting groundwater in models may overstate projected future heatwave intensity.
Final-revised paper