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Comment on Dong and Ochsner (2018): “Soil Texture often Exerts stronger Influence Than Precipitation on Mesoscale Soil Moisture Patterns”
  • Jannis C. Jakobi,
  • Johan A. Huisman,
  • Heye Bogena
Jannis C. Jakobi
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Corresponding Author:j.jakobi@fz-juelich.de

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Johan A. Huisman
Forschungszentrum Jülich
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Heye Bogena
Forschungszentrum Juelich, GmbH
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In their study, Dong and Ochsner (2018) used an extensive dataset of 18 cosmic-ray neutron rover surveys to assess the influence of precipitation and soil texture on mesoscale soil moisture patterns. Based on their analysis, they concluded that soil texture, represented by sand content, often exerts a stronger influence on mesoscale soil moisture variability than precipitation, represented by the antecedent precipitation index. However, we consider that Dong and Ochsner (2018) made a mistake in their calculation of volumetric soil moisture, such that their analysis on the influence of soil texture on soil moisture is not valid. This result does however not bring into question the paper’s conclusion on the influence of soil texture on mesoscale soil moisture patterns.
Jan 2021Published in Water Resources Research volume 57 issue 1. 10.1029/2020WR027790