Bridging the gap between atmospheric physics and biology in studies of the small spatiotemporal land-atmosphere interactions
With a fresh approach and strategy, the CloudRoots field experiment was designed to obtain a comprehensive observational data set that includes soil, plant and atmospheric variables to investigate the interaction between a heterogeneous land surface and its overlying atmospheric boundary layer at the sub-hourly and sub–kilometer scales.
The main findings show that to understand and quantify key land-atmosphere variables such as evapotranspiration, we need to measure and model processes that range between the leaf to the landscape scales, and include non-steady situations due to the presence of clouds.
Scientists involved in the Ruisdael Observatory published an article about this in Biogeosciences. The full article can be found here.