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Water availability is the major limiting factor of the functioning of deserts and grasslands and is going to be severely modified by climate change. Field manipulative experiments of precipitation represent

Water availability is the major limiting factor of the functioning of deserts and grasslands and is going to be severely modified by climate change. Field manipulative experiments of precipitation represent the best way to explore cause-effect relationships between water availability and ecosystem functioning. However, there is a limited number of that type of studies because of logistic and cost limitations. Here, we report on a new system that alters precipitation for experimental plots from 80% reduction to 80% increase relative to ambient, that is low cost, and is fully solar powered.

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    • 2013-02
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1890/ES12-00371.1
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      2150-8925

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    Gherardi, L. A., & Sala, O. E. (2013). Automated rainfall manipulation system: a reliable and inexpensive tool for ecologists. Ecosphere, 4(2), art18. http://www.esajournals.org.ezproxy1.lib.asu.edu/doi/abs/10.1890/ES12-00…

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