Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 919–938, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-919-2021

Special issue: Understanding compound weather and climate events and related...

Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 919–938, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-919-2021

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 et al.

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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
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
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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.
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