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Surface Water Balance (2). Review of last lecture Components of global water cycle. Ocean water Land soil moisture, rivers, snow cover, ice sheet and glaciers Sea ice Atmosphere water vapor, clouds, precipitation Water in biosphere (including human beings). Surface water balance. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Surface Water Balance (2)

  • Review of last lectureComponents of global water cycleOcean waterLand soil moisture, rivers, snow cover, ice sheet and glaciersSea iceAtmosphere water vapor, clouds, precipitationWater in biosphere (including human beings)

  • Surface water balancedS/dtPrecipitation (P)Evaportranspiration (E)Runoff (Rs)Irrigation (I)Infiltration (Rg)The changing rate of soil moisture S dS/dt = P - E - Rs - Rg + I

  • EvaportranspirationIs equivalent to latent heat flux Has four components: E = Eb + Ei + Es + TR Evaporation from bare soil (Eb)Evaporation from inception storage (Ei)Transpiration (TR)Snow sublimation (Es)

  • Reference evaportranspirationA large number of more or less empirical methods have been developed over the last 50 years by numerous scientists and specialists worldwide to estimate evapotranspiration from different climatic variables. Relationships were often subject to rigorous local calibrations and proved to have limited global validity. Testing the accuracy of the methods under a new set of conditions is laborious, time-consuming and costly, and yet evapotranspiration data are frequently needed at short notice for project planning or irrigation scheduling design. To meet this need, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations developed and published four methods for calculating a reference evaportranspiration: the Blaney-Criddle, radiation, modified Penman and pan evaporation methods.

  • Evaluation of the four methods The Penman methods may require local calibration of the wind function to achieve satisfactory results.The radiation methods show good results in humid climates where the aerodynamic term is relatively small, but performance in arid conditions is erratic and tends to underestimate evapotranspiration.Temperature methods remain empirical and require local calibration in order to achieve satisfactory results. A possible exception is the 1985 Hargreaves' method which has shown reasonable ETo results with a global validity.

  • Evaluation of the four methods (cont) Pan evapotranspiration methods clearly reflect the shortcomings of predicting crop evapotranspiration from open water evaporation. The methods are susceptible to the microclimatic conditions under which the pans are operating and the rigour of station maintenance. Their performance proves erratic.The relatively accurate and consistent performance of the Penman-Monteith approach in both arid and humid climates has been indicated in many studies.

  • Penman-Monteith equation where Rn is the net radiation, G is the soil heat flux, (es - ea) represents the vapour pressure deficit of the air, r a is the mean air density at constant pressure, cp is the specific heat of the air, D represents the slope of the saturation vapour pressure temperature relationship, g is the psychrometric constant, and rs and ra are the (bulk) surface and aerodynamic resistances.

  • Soil moistureTypically expressed as volumetric soil water content S = Vwater / VsoilIncreases with depthComplicated to measureRoot zoneIntermediate zoneGround water

  • Soil moisure regimes

  • US Soil moisture map

  • Palmer drought severity index (PDSI)was developed by Wayne Palmer in the 1960s and uses temperature and rainfall information in a model to determine dryness of soil most effective in determining long term drought (a matter of several months) and is not as good with short-term forecasts (a matter of weeks). It uses a 0 as normal, and drought is shown in terms of minus numbers; for example, minus 2 is moderate drought, minus 3 is severe drought, and minus 4 is extreme drought.

  • PSDI for US in August 2012

  • Change of PDSI in the last 100 years

  • DesertificationCaused mainly be human activities and climate changeIs one of the most significant global environmental problemsAbout a billion people are under threat

  • Global desertification vulnerability

  • Infiltration - Darcys lawThe infiltration flux

    where Y is wetting front soil suction head h0 is the depth of ponded water above the ground surfaceK is the hydraulic conductivityL is the total depth of subsurface ground in question.


  • Surface water balancedS/dtPrecipitation (P)Evaportranspiration (E=Eb+Ei+Es+TR)Penman-Monteith eqRunoff (Rs)Irrigation (I)Infiltration (Rg Darcys law)The changing rate of soil moisture S dS/dt = P - E - Rs - Rg + I(PDSI, desertification)


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