Bare-soil evaporation determined in situ by infrared thermometry

J. Ben-Asher, A. W. Warrick, A. D. Matthias

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Bare-soil evaporation was measured in situ by infrared thermometry. Measurements were made at 25 sites on a 20 × 20-m plot. About 17 mm of water were added during the first test in March 1982 and 27 mm during a second experiment in May, both in a rainless and sunny period. The method requires measurement of wind speed, the maximum surface temperature of the test soil and a reference dry surface. Measured values of the evaporation were well correlated (r2 = 0.7) with water added, and the amount of evaporation measured for a 1-week period was of the same order of magnitude as the added water. Supporting information of surface water content by gravimetric and neutron measurements helped to complete water-balance calculations on each site. The method is proposed as a tool for evaluating spatial variability for water-balance studies in large areas. Semi-variograms were prepared for evaporation on the site and fitted by assuming a linear drift.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-334
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Hydrology
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 10 Feb 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Water Science and Technology


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