Has the Priestley-Taylor equation any relevance to forest evaportation?

W. J. Shuttleworth, I. R. Calder

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Long-term evaporation measurements are expresses in the Priestley-Taylor (1972) 'potential evaporation' framework for a spruce forest in Plynlimon, Wales, and a Scots Pine forest in Norfolk, England. The results are used to illustrate the possibility of significant variability in evaporation from forest vegetation in response to precipitation input, and so provide a warning against the indiscriminate use of the Priestley-Taylor formula. A tentative suggestion is made regarding a possible role for potential evaporation in the forest environment. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-646
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Meteorology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1979

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  • Atmospheric Science


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