A one-dimensional theoretical description of the vegetation-atmosphere interaction

W. James Shuttleworth

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An analytically continuous, one-dimensional model of the vegetation-atmosphere interaction is created which is 'multi-layer' in concept, and therefore similar in principle to previous numerical simulation models (except that it also includes the effect of surface water on the vegetation). Mathematical development of this model yields a 'combination equation' similar in form to that produced by single-source, Penman-Monteith models; and demonstrates that the interaction is indeed capable of conceptual representation as a simple electrical analogue, but that all property transfers are subject to a 'surface' resistance. In this way, it is shown that 'multi-layer' and 'single-source' descriptions are more similar than they appear at first sight: the differences between the two approaches become apparent and in this way the assumptions and approximations involved in the single-source hypothesis become explicit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-302
Number of pages30
JournalBoundary-Layer Meteorology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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