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Study of Evapotranspiration from a Douglas Fir Forest Using the Energy Balance Approach McNaughton, K. G.; Black, T. Andrew


Energy balance measurements of evapotranspiration from a young Douglas fir forest are reported for a period of 18 days in July 1970 when soil water was not limiting. Peak daily evapotranspiration rates characteristically occurred 2–3 hours after solar noon, and evapotranspiration showed a short-term independence from net radiation. This behavior is interpreted as being a consequence of the large forest roughness. Daily evapotranspiration and net radiation were, however, well correlated. Values of surface diffusion resistance calculated from Monteith's combination formula are presented. Daytime values showed significant day-to-day differences, and an attempt to define a potential evapotranspiration rate by assuming a constant daytime surface resistance was not successful. Comparison of evapotranspiration measurements with a potential evaporation formula for wet surfaces developed by Priestley and Taylor suggests that evaporation of intercepted water proceeds 20% more rapidly than evapotranspiration from the nonwetted canopy. An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Copyright 1973 American Geophysical Union.

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