The Roughness Length for Heat of Sparse Vegetation

E. M. Blyth Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, United Kingdom

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A. J. Dolman Winand Staring Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands

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Abstract

A dual-source model that solves the energy balance over vegetation and soil separately can be inverted to obtain the roughness length for heat z0h of a single-source model. Model parameters for the dual-source model were taken from previous analysis of data from a sparse canopy in semiarid terrain. In these circumstances, the value of z0h, is shown to be dependent on the humidity deficit, the available energy, the vegetation fraction, and the surface resistance of the soil and the vegetation.

Abstract

A dual-source model that solves the energy balance over vegetation and soil separately can be inverted to obtain the roughness length for heat z0h of a single-source model. Model parameters for the dual-source model were taken from previous analysis of data from a sparse canopy in semiarid terrain. In these circumstances, the value of z0h, is shown to be dependent on the humidity deficit, the available energy, the vegetation fraction, and the surface resistance of the soil and the vegetation.

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