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The interception of precipitation by vegetation has important consequences for climate and water resources. Although canopy interception has been studied for centuries, many fundamental unknowns remain. We present persistent questions that reflect challenges in measuring, representing, and understanding how terrestrial ecosystems intercept, partition, and transport precipitation—down to soils or back to the atmosphere. In summary of this book, we outline future needs and simultaneously provide a primer for those interested in precipitation interception processes.


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  1. 1.Department of Environmental System ScienceETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Savannah River Ecology LaboratoryWarnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of GeographyUniversity of MarburgMarburgGermany
  4. 4.Plant Ecology Division-CORBIDILimaPeru
  5. 5.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  6. 6.Department of Catchment HydrologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZLeipzigGermany
  7. 7.NCARBoulderUSA
  8. 8.Department of Environmental SciencesCentre for Research on Watershed-Aquatic Ecosystem Interactions (RIVE), University of Quebec at Trois-RiviéresTrois-RivièresCanada
  9. 9.School of Renewable Natural ResourcesLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  10. 10.University of Agriculture in KrakowKrakowPoland
  11. 11.Department of BiologyInstitute of Plant Science and Microbiology, University of HamburgHamburgGermany
  12. 12.University of NevadaRenoUSA
  13. 13.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  14. 14.Applied Coastal Research LaboratoryGeorgia Southern UniversitySavannahUSA

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