Critical Zone Hydrology Group





L.A. Bruijnzeel

P.J. Stuyfzand

H. Kooi

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Maria Susana Alvarado Barrientos

Former position: PhD student
University of New Hampshire
114 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

Currently at:
Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City

Water use across a land-cover change trajectory of grazing pasure to Pinus patula plantations in the seasonal cloud belt of Veracruz State, Eastern Mexico

Supervisors and collaborators:

Duration: 2009-2013
Funding: National Science Foundation of the U.S.; University of New Hampshire

Research questions

To restore the hydrological services attributed to montane (cloud) forests, reforestation of cleared and degraded lands is being promoted, often within the context of payments for environmental services (PES) schemes. In Mexico, a number of PES schemes have been implemented without the required ecohydrological information to ensure the expected goals of reforestation and forest restoration will be achieved. The present research aims to answer the following questions with respect to the impacts of planting fast-growing Pinus patulatrees on (degraded) pasture land in the fog belt of eastern Mexico: