Transpiration by established trees could increase the efficiency of stormwater control measures

University of Melbourne and Monash University


This research paper was published in Water Research Volume 173 by authors from School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne and School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment, Monash University was published (revision) in Februrary 2020.

The research findings suggest that streetscapes fitted with tree-based stormwater control measures, could reduce stormwater runoff by increasing the proportion of evapotranspiration in the water balance.

Since public space is highly contested in cities and increasing canopy cover is a priority for many planners, integrating trees with stormwater control measures could provide dual benefits for a single management intervention, enabling a greater number of distributed stormwater control measures with smaller impervious catchments in the streetscape