Page Banner

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: ENERGY BALANCE DYNAMICS WITHIN A SHRUB-DOMINATED WATERSHED

Authors
item Wight, J
item Hanson, Clayton
item FLERCHINGER, GERALD

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 23, 1995
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Energy fluxes vary significantly in time and space within arid and semiarid ecosystems. An understanding of these fluxes, their magnitude and dynamics and hydrological processes within these ecosystems. We measured growing season energy fluxes within a shrub-dominated watershed in southwestern Idaho using a Bowen ratio-energy balance system. On clear days, net radiation averaged between 40 and 50 percent of the incoming solar radiation with the highest values occurring during spring and early summer before the grasses and forbs began to senesce. Albedo averaged between 13 and 17 percent with little seasonal or diurnal variation. The highest values were recorded on the A. Tridentata wyomingensis site which was drier than the other sites. This site also contributed the most energy to downwind advection. Simulated energy fluxes using the SHAW model were in good agreement with field measured values.

Last Modified: 8/27/2014
Footer Content Back to Top of Page