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Research brief: How plants survive droughts

Understanding which plant species can recover from drought, under what conditions and the processes involved, will help researchers predict plant mortality in response to global climate change. In response to drought, some species die because of embolism-induced hydraulic failure, while others recover, following rehydration. This research focuses on structures and processes that might allow some plants to recover from drought stress via embolism reversal.

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Research brief: Mapping transpiration in climate models

When researchers compared the results derived from FLUXNET data with the results synthesised from the literature, they found substantial differences.
As a result, they suggest a new benchmarking metric that could be used to test existing hypotheses embedded in climate models and have mapped a path forward involving using further detailed observations to improve the way coupling/decoupling processes currently represented in climate models.  

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Research brief: New evapotranspiration product

This paper combines existing global evapotranspiration estimates to create a new global product with an observationally constrained estimate of uncertainty. It utilises the latest release of ground-based estimates to show that even point-based evapotranspiration estimates have information about much larger spatial scales.

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How climate models work

CLEX Chief Investigator Prof Christian Jakob at a recent Monash University STEM talk takes his audience ​into the world of climate models. It’s a talk that looks under the hood to see what powers modern climate models.

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