On Entropy, Plant Water Stress, and Water Use Strategies

James Rigby, Amilcare Porporato & Amilcare Porporato
Applications of thermodynamic principles to ecology have a relatively long and varied history. These applications may rest on the concepts of non-equilibrium thermodynamics developed by Prigogine and others or even on a basic analogy between thermodynamic and ecological systems. We evaluate the potential of thermodynamic entropy minimization as an organizing principle in the ecohydrology of water-limited ecosystems. In particular, an entropy budget is derived and related to plant water stress for the idealized case of...
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