Intensive or extensive use of soil moisture: Plant strategies to cope with stochastic water availability Academic Article uri icon


  • Some plants rely on a dependable winter recharge, as opposed to others that quickly respond to the intermittent and uncertain rainfall during the growing season. Using a stochastic model for the soil moisture process and a quantitative measure of plant water stress, we find climate, soil, and vegetation characteristics leading to the dominance or possible coexistence of these two strategies of water use.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rodriguez‐Iturbe, I., Porporato, A., Laio, F., & Ridolfi, L.

citation count

  • 59

publication date

  • December 2001