Micrometeorology of temperate and tropical forest

W. J. Shuttleworth

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The literature on the micrometeorology of temperate and tropical forests is reviewed to determine whether structural or species difference between these biomes alters their interaction with the atmosphere. Considerable consistency is found in the value of those whole-canopy features of most importance to this interaction, namely solar-reflection coefficient, through-canopy radiation absorption, aerodynamic roughness, the symptoms of near-surface K-theory failure, the canopy store for rainfall interception and the magnitude and environmental response of their bulk stomatal (surface) resistance. Typical values of these parameters and functions are given with a view to their potential use in climate simulation models. Attention is drawn to the fact that this similar micrometeorological response can generate different time-average surface energy partitions when interacting with different climates and, in particular, alters between the edge and the middle of continents. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-334
Number of pages36
JournalPhilosophical Transactions - Royal Society of London, B
Issue number1223
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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