State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012CO260B
Title: Structural and Functional Controls of Tree Transpiration in Front Range Urban Forests
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: 4th
Focus Categories: Water Use, Climatological Processes, Economics
Keywords: Tree Transpiration, Urban Forests
Principal Investigator: Cooper, David
Federal Funds: $ 5,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 2,400
Abstract: Most Colorado cities and towns pride themselves on their trees, which provide many critical ecological and aesthetic benefits1. Urban water use by turfgrass has been extensively studied2-5, but we know very little about patterns and processes of water use for urban forests. Urban forests are structurally complex and compositionally diverse, supporting trees widely differing in age, size and basic functional characteristics. How these factors influence basic ecohydrological processes and urban water budgets remains poorly understood, particularly for Front Range urban forests.

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