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During droughts, thirstier mountain forests could mean less water downstream

During droughts, thirstier mountain forests could mean less water downstream

Aerial image of high elevation forests in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which is part of the southern Blue Ridge eco-region that NC State researchers studied. The image was created using data from the National Agriculture Imagery Program. Credit: Katie McQuillan, NC State.

“We think that increasing temperatures are behind greater water use during droughts,” McQuillan said. “When it’s hotter, forests use more water to keep themselves cool.”

Source: During droughts, thirstier mountain forests could mean less water downstream