Cathy Besson

Postdoctoral Fellow


Instituto Dom Luiz
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Campo Grande, Edf. C8, Piso 3, Sala 8.3.26
1749-016 Lisboa

Site pessoal: Cathy Besson

Areas of Scientific activity

Assessment of key hydrological drivers of the plant-soil-atmosphere continuum controlling responses of Mediterranean woody species to climate changes



Mériaux CA, Kurz-Besson CB (2017) A study of gravity currents carrying polydisperse particles along a V-shaped valley. European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids Volume 63, May–June 2017, Pages 52-65,


Mériaux CA, Zemach T, Kurz-Besson CB, Ungarish M (2016) The propagation of particulate gravity currents in a V-shaped triangular cross section channel: Lock-release experiments and shallow-water numerical simulations. Physics of Fluids 28, 036601 (2016);

Risi C, Ogée J, Bony S, Bariac T, Raz-Yaseef N, Wingate L, Welker J, Knohl A, Kurz-Besson C, Leclerc M, Zhang G, Buchmann N, Santrucek J, Hronvoka M, David T, Peylin P, Guglielmo F (2016) The Water Isotopic Version of the Land-Surface Model ORCHIDEE: Implementation, Evaluation, Sensitivity to Hydrological Parameters. Hydrol Current Res 2016, Vol 7(4): 258 DOI: 10.4172/2157-7587.1000258

Kurz-Besson C., Lousada J. L., Gaspar M. J., Correia I., Soares P. M. M., Cardoso R. M., Russo A., Varino F., Mériaux C., Trigo R.M. and Gouveia C. M. (2016) Effects of Recent Minimum Temperature and Water Deficit Increases on Pinus pinaster Radial Growth and Wood Density in Southern Portugal (special issue "Tree responses to extreme events"). Front Plant Sci. 2016; 7: 1170. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01170.


David TS, Pinto CA, Nadezhina N, Kurz-Besson C, Henriques MO, Quilhó T, Cermak J, Chaves MM, Pereira JS, David JS (2013) Root functioning, tree water use and hydraulic redistribution in Quercus suber trees: A modeling approach based on root sap flow. Forest Ecology and Management 307 (2013) 136–146,

Pinto CA, Nadezhdina N, David JS, Kurz-Besson C, Caldeira MC, Henriques MO, Monteiro FG, Pereira JS, David TS (2013) Transpiration in Quercus suber trees under shallow water table conditions: the role of soil and groundwater. Hydrol. Process. (2013),

Besson CK, Lobo-do-Vale R, Rodrigues ML, Almeida P, Herd A, G OM, David TS, Schmidt M, Otieno D, Keenan TF, Gouveia C, Mériaux C, Chaves MM, Pereira JS (2013) Cork oak physiological responses to manipulated water availability in a Mediterranean woodland. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 184 (2014) 230–242,


Mériaux CA, Kurz-Besson CB (2012) Sedimentation from binary suspensions in a turbulent gravity current along a V-shaped valley. J. Fluid Mech. (2012), vol. 712, pp. 624–645,


Rodrigues A, Pita G, Mateus J, Kurz-Besson C, Casquilho M, Cerasoli S, Gomes A, Pereira J (2011) Eight years of continuous carbon fluxes measurements in a Portuguese eucalypt stand under two main events: Drought and felling. Agric. Forest Meteorol. (2011), doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2010.12.007


Grant OM, Tronina L, Ramalho JC, Besson CK, Lobo-do-Vale R, Pereira JS, Jones HG, Chaves MM (2010) The impact of drought on leaf physiology of Quercus suber L. trees: comparison of an extreme drought event with chronic rainfall reduction . Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol. 61, No. 15, pp. 4361–4371, 2010 doi:10.1093/jxb/erq239


David TS, Henriques MO, Kurz-Besson C, Nunes J, Valente F, Vaz M, Pereira JS, Siegwolf R, Chaves MM, Gazarini LC, David JS (2007) Water-use strategies in two co-occurring Mediterranean evergreen oaks: surviving the summer drought . Tree Physiology, Volume 27, Issue 6, 1 June 2007, Pages 793–803,

Otieno DO, Schmidt MWT, Kurz-Besson C, Lobo do Vale R, Pereira JS, Tenhunen JD (2007) Regulation of transpirational water loss in Quercus suber trees in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem. Tree Physiology, Volume 27, Issue 8, 1 August 2007, Pages 1179–1187,

Rovira P, Kurz-Besson C, Hernàndez P, Coûteaux M-M, Vallejo VR (2007) Searching for an indicator of N evolution during organic matter decomposition based on amino acids behaviour: a study on litter layers of pine forests. Plant Soil (2008) 307: 149.

Rovira P, Kurz-Besson C, Coûteaux M-M, Vallejo VR, (2007) Changes in litter properties during decomposition: A study by differential thermogravimetry and scanning calorimetry. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 40 (2008) 172–185,


Otieno DO, Kurz-Besson C, Liu J, Schmidt MWT, Vale-Lobo R, David TS, Siegwolf R, Pereira JS, Tenhumen JD (2006) Seasonal Variations in Soil and Plant Water Status in a Quercus suber L. Stand: Roots as Determinants of Tree Productivity and Survival in the Mediterranean-type Ecosystem. Plant and Soil (2006) 283:119–135 DOI 10.1007/s11104-004-7539-0

Kurz-Besson C, Otieno D, Lobo do Vale R, Siegwolf R, Schmidt M, Herd A, Nogueria C, David TS, David JS, Tenhunen J, Pereira JS, Chaves M (2006) Hydraulic lift in cork oak trees in a savannah-type Mediterranean ecosystem and its contribution to the local water balance. Plant and Soil (2006) 282:361–378 DOI 10.1007/s11104-006-0005-4

Kurz-Besson C, Coûteaux MM, Berg B, Remacle J, Ribeiro C, Romanyà J, Thiéry JM (2006) A climate response function explaining most of the variation of the forest floor needle mass and the needle decomposition in pine forests across Europe. Plant Soil (2006) 285: 97.

Werner C, Unger S, Pereira JS, Maia R, David TS, Kurz-Besson C, David DS, Máguas C (2006) Importance of short-term dynamics in carbon isotope ratios of ecosystem respiration (δ13CR) in a Mediterranean oak woodland and linkage to environmental factors. New Phytologist, Volume172, Issue2 October 2006 Pages 330-346,

Morin X, Améglio T, Ahas R, Kurz-Besson C, Lanta V, Lebourgeois F, Miglietta F, Chuine I (2006) Variation in cold hardiness and carbohydrate concentration from dormancy induction to bud burst among provenances of three European oak species. Tree Physiology, Volume 27, Issue 6, 1 June 2007, Pages 817–825,


Kurz-Besson C, Coûteaux MM, Thiéry JM, Berg B, Remacle J (2005) A comparison of litterbag and direct observation methods of Scots pine needle decomposition measurement. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 37 (2005) 2315–2318,

Hemming D, Yakir D, Ambus P, Aurela M, Besson C, Black K, Buchmann N, Burlett R, Cescatti A, Clement R, Gross P, Granier A, Grünwald T, Havrankova K, Janous D,Janssens IA, Knohl A, Östner BK, Kowalski A, Laurila T, Mata C, Marcolla B, Matteucci G, Moncrieff J, Moors EJ, Osborne B, Pereira JS, Pihlatie M, Pilegaard K, Ponti F, Rosova Z, Rossi F, Scartazza A, Vesala Timo (2005) Pan-European δ13C values of air and organic matter from forest ecosystems. Global Change Biology (2005) 11, 1065–1093, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2005.00971.x

2002 - 2004

Coûteaux MM, Aloui A, Kurz-Besson C (2002) Pinus halepensis litter decomposition in laboratory microcosms as influenced by temperature and a millipede, Glomeris marginata. Applied Soil Ecology 20 (2002) 85–96,

2001 and prior

Coûteaux MM, Kurz C, Bottner P, Raschi A (1999) Influence of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on quality of plant material and litter decomposition. Tree Physiology, Volume 19, Issue 4-5, 1 April 1999, Pages 301–311,

Kurz C, Coûteaux M-M, Thiéry JM (2000) Residence time and decomposition rate of Pinus pinaster needles in a forest floor from direct field measurements under a Mediterranean climate. Soil Biology and Biochemistry Volume 32, Issues 8–9, 1 August 2000, Pages 1197-1206,