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Title: The impacts of canopy structure on the tubulent fluxes over vineyards

item Alfieri, Joseph
item Kustas, William - Bill
item Prueger, John
item Anderson, Martha
item McKee, Lynn
item MENDEZ-COSTABEL, M - Collaborator

Submitted to: American Meteorological Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/31/2013
Publication Date: 2/6/2014
Citation: Alfieri, J.G., Kustas, W.P., Prueger, J.H., Anderson, M.C., Mckee, L.G., Mendez-Costabel, M. 2014. The impacts of canopy structure on the tubulent fluxes over vineyards [abstract]. American Meteorological Society. 2014 CD-ROM.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Grapes are not only the largest specialty crop in California, where there are more than 325,000 ha of vineyard, they are also a commodity with substantial economic importance. California wineries, for example, employ more than 300,000 people and contribute in excess of $60B to the state’s economy each year. Grape production is also one of the largest agricultural consumers of scarce water resources. Understanding the factors impacting evaporative water loss in vineyards is critical in order to develop the evaluation tools and monitoring techniques needed to assess the water needs of grape growers and ensure water is managed effectively. Using a combination of eddy covariance and other data collected at two adjacent vineyards located in northern California, this study investigated the role of the unique canopy structure of vineyards on turbulent transport and exchange processes including evapotranspiration. While the ambient environmental conditions were similar at the two sites, one of the vineyards was planted with mature pinot grapes while the other contained much younger vines. With the exception of the periods following rain events, a comparison of the turbulent energy fluxes at the two sites indicated that the latent heat flux (LE) and evaporative fraction (Ef) were consistently greater at the mature site than in the young vineyard. On average, the daytime LE at the mature vineyard was 35 W m-2 or 27% greater than the flux at the young vineyard; correspondingly, Ef was 0.63 at the mature vineyard compared 0.53 at the young vineyard. Commensurate differences were observed in both the sensible heat and carbon dioxide fluxes. These differences appear to be linked to the greater vegetation density of the mature vineyard which facilitates increased transpiration while sheltering the underlying surface. This sheltering effect would tend to hinder both soil evaporation and the transport of moisture away from the surface.