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Evaporation Research: Review and Interpretation
Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
  • Charles M. Burt, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Andrew J. Mutziger, San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District
  • Robert G. Allen, University of Idaho
  • Terry A. Howell, USDA
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Literature regarding evaporation from soil, wet plant surfaces, and sprinkler droplets was examined, normalized, and interpreted. Much of the evaporation literature is difficult to compare and interpret; this paper offers comparisons and discussions of various findings by others as well as by the writers. Techniques of measuring and estimating evaporation from irrigation and rainfall are discussed. The partitioning between increased evaporation and decreased transpiration from a variety of research is quantified. Factors that impact the various forms of evaporation are listed and quantified. This review and summary will provide practitioners and researchers with theoretical and practical guidance on measurement techniques and estimates of evaporation under a wide range of conditions.
Citation Information
Charles M. Burt, Andrew J. Mutziger, Robert G. Allen and Terry A. Howell. "Evaporation Research: Review and Interpretation" Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Vol. 131 Iss. 1 (2005) p. 37 - 58
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