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Raindrops and forest ecology

May 5, 2015--For Sean Hudson, a UD graduate student studying forest hydrology, April showers lead to science — specifically the science of raindrops.

For over a year, Hudson has been studying seasonal changes in the size of raindrops dripping from a tree canopy at Fair Hill in northeastern Maryland to understand how these changes ultimately can influence water resources.

The water cycle plays a key role in maintaining healthy ecosystem functions, which support trees, as well as plants, soil, animals, insects and microorganisms that live there.

Hudson is studying throughfall — rain that falls through or from the tree canopy during a rainstorm — and how the size of the raindrops that reach the forest floor change depending on two variables: meteorological conditions including precipitation, wind speed and temperature, and whether or not the tree canopy has leaves. 

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