Articles | Volume 371
12 Jun 2015
 | 12 Jun 2015

Wind effects on leaf transpiration challenge the concept of "potential evaporation"

S. J. Schymanski and D. Or


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Short summary
The common use of "potential evaporation" to estimate actual evapotranspiration or to describe the suitability of a given climate for plant growth may lead to wrong conclusions about the consequences of climate change on plant growth and water relations. Wind speed in particular can have opposite effects on potential evaporation and transpiration from plant leaves. Therefore, we recommend to avoid using the concept of potential evaporation in relation to plants and transpiration from leaves.