Differences in Rainfall Interception Losses for Three Tree Species Common to Colorado : Populus tremuloides, Picea engelmannii, and Pinus ponderosa
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Rainfall interception is the amount of rainfall retained in a canopy after a storm event has occurred. This term is also referred to as rainfall interception loss since the water retained in the canopy is evaporated or "loss" back to the atmosphere and does not touch the forest floor. Although dependent on the total amount of rainfall, interception loss is also greatly affected by the type of species, tree structure, and specific characteristics such as lea area. This study serves to answer the following research questions: are there differences in rainfall interception losses between Populus ...