How come most rain never reaches the ground?

Less than half of the rain that falls from a cloud makes it all the way to the ground because a lot evaporates while falling or after landing in treetops. The work of John Van Stan, assistant professor of geography at Georgia Southern University, seeks to enhance understanding of the interface between forest hydrological processes and ecosystem functioning, as this is critical to the advancement of wooded natural resource and watershed management, according to Van Stan.

Provided by MinuteEarth

Runtime: 2:10

Get Science360's video of the day in your mailbox each weekday.

Sign up now!
» More videos about Earth & Environment