Evaporation from Amazonian rainforest

W. J. Shuttleworth

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Sample measurements of dry-canopy evaporation from three intensive field campaigns and continuous measurements of rainfall interception loss are used to calibrate a micrometeorological model of evaporation from the forest canopy. Over the whole study period, approximately 10% of rainfall was intercepted by the forest canopy, and this accounted for 20-25% of the evaporation. The remainder occurred as transpiration from the trees. Over this same period, about one half of the incoming precipitation is returned to the atmosphere as evaporation, a process which requires 90% of the radiant energy input. These data provide a basis for assessing the likely consequences of Amazonian deforestation on surface water and energy balances. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-346
Number of pages26
JournalProceedings - Royal Society of London, Series B
Issue number1272
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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