Dr. Matthias Beyer

Matthias Beyer

Junior Research Group Leader
Water Isotopes Soil-Plant-Atmosphere

'Freigeist' Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation

Institute for Geoecology (IGÖ)

Tel.:  +49 (0) 531 391-5913
Fax: +49 (0) 531 391-7243

E-mail: matthias.beyer@tu-bs.de

Room: 304

Langer Kamp 19c
38106 Braunschweig

About the Project:

Isodrones - Resolving the mystery of deep roots

A fundamental question for hydrologists and ecologists is how water moves through ecosystems. However, key aspects are currently neither completely understood nor quantifiable. One of those is the functioning of deep roots. Despite of their global occurrence, buffering function during droughts and thus, implications for predicted climatic changes, deep roots are rarely considered in the management of water resources. The goal of this project is to develop a framework for quantifying the impact of deep roots on the water balance. We challenge current research gaps by developing a holistic approach for explaining why, how, and by which magnitude deep roots extract water from soils and groundwater. For achieving this, advances in isotope-based methods in ecohydrology will be used in concert with novel opportunities provided by specialized drones (UAV-unmanned aerial vehicle) for highly resolute imagery and sample collection from the canopy. This integrated approach of above- vs. belowground techniques in a high spatiotemporal resolution enables understanding feedbacks between vegetation and its water sources. Ultimately, this project will help to improve our knowledge of the functioning of plants under different climatic conditions and could alter the perception of vegetation within the hydrological cycle.This Project with a total duration of 5 years is fully funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. We kindly appreciate their support.

Previous projects:

SASSCAL - Southern African Service Center for Climate Change and Adaptive Landuse


CERPA - Certification of Protected Areas


  last changed 04.07.2018
TU_Icon_E_Mail_1_17x17_RGB pagetop