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Water in motion

Science at Cal Lecture: Water in motion: Mysteries of Northern California

Lecture | March 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Inez Fung, Professor of Atmospheric Science

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“Water is everybody’s business”. Too much, too little, too early, too late can all be devastating and costly for society as well as for the biosphere. California just ended a four-year drought. How do some trees survive the drought? What are the climatic impacts of the drought?

The data have revealed many surprises. The water table ~20 meters below the surface rises by about 1 meter after the first storms of the season. Adjacent evergreen trees transpire in different seasons. Professor Fung presents a simple model of the fast processes that redistribute water in the subsurface, and hypothesize that the weathered bedrock could be a non-negligible reservoir of moisture to sustain trees through dry seasons and cool the summers.


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All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents


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