A coupled surface resistance model to estimate crop evapotranspiration in arid region of northwest china

Sien Li, Xingmei Hao, Taisheng Du, Ling Tong, Jianhua ZHANG, Shaozhong Kang*

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Abstract

The Penman-Monteith (PM) model has been widely used to estimate crop evapotranspiration (ET), but it performs poorly with sparse vegetation. By combining the Jarvis canopy resistance model and the soil resistance model, we have developed a coupled surface resistance model to address this issue. Maize field and vineyard ET, measured by the eddy covariance method during 2007 and 2008, were used to test the estimations produced by the PM model combined with our coupled surface resistance model and Jarvis model, respectively. Results indicate that PM model combined with the coupled surface resistance model produces higher determination coefficient and lower root mean square error when compared with the PM-Jarvis method, either for maize field or for the sparse vineyard, on half-hourly or daily time scales. Our study confirms that the coupled surface resistance model produces higher accuracy than the Jarvis model and provides a method to calculate resistance parameters for using the PM model to simulate the ET of sparse vegetation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2312-2323
Number of pages12
JournalHydrological Processes
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Water Science and Technology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Evapotranspiration
  • Jarvis canopy resistance model
  • Maize
  • Penman-Monteith model
  • Sparse vegetation
  • Vineyard

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