Surface energy balance model of transpiration from variable canopy cover and evaporation from residue-covered or bare-soil systems

Luis Octavio Lagos, Derrel L. Martin, Shashi B. Verma, Andrew Suyker, Suat Irmak

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Abstract

A surface energy balance model based on the Shuttleworth and Wallace (Q J R Meteorol Soc 111:839-855, 1985) and Choudhury and Monteith (Q J R Meteorol Soc 114:373-398, 1988) methods was developed to estimate evaporation from soil and crop residue, and transpiration from crop canopies. The model describes the energy balance and flux resistances for vegetated and residue-covered surfaces. The model estimates latent, sensible and soil heat fluxes to provide a method to partition evapotranspiration (ET) into soil/residue evaporation and plant transpiration. This facilitates estimates of the effect of residue on ET and consequently on water balance studies, and allows for simulation of ET during periods of crop dormancy. ET estimated with the model agreed favorably with eddy covariance flux measurements from an irrigated maize field and accurately simulated diurnal variations and hourly amounts of ET during periods with a range of crop canopy covers. For hourly estimations, the root mean square error was 41.4 W m-2, the mean absolute error was 29.9 W m-2, the Nash-Sutcliffe coefficient was 0.92 and the index of agreement was 0.97.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalIrrigation Science
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science

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