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Research Project: Integrating Remote Sensing, Measurements and Modeling for Multi-Scale Assessment of Water Availability, Use, and Quality in Agroecosystems

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Title: Impact of advection on Two-Source Energy Balance (TSEB) canopy transpiration parameterization for vineyards in the California Central Valley

Author
item Kustas, William - Bill
item NIETO, H. - University Of Alcala
item GARCIA-TEJERA, O. - Agrifood Research And Technology Center Of Aragon
item BAMBACH, N. - University Of California, Davis
item McElrone, Andrew
item Gao, Feng
item Alfieri, Joseph
item HIPPS, L.E. - Utah State University
item Prueger, John
item TORRES, A. - Utah State University
item Anderson, Martha
item Knipper, Kyle
item ALSINA, M. - E & J Gallo Winery
item McKee, Lynn
item ZAHN, E. - Princeton University
item BOU-ZEID, E. - Princeton University
item DOKOOZLIAN, N. - E & J Gallo Winery

Submitted to: Irrigation Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/26/2022
Publication Date: 2/21/2022
Citation: Kustas, W.P., Nieto, H., Garcia-Tejera, O., Bambach, N., McElrone, A.J., Gao, F.N., Alfieri, J.G., Hipps, L., Prueger, J.H., Torres, A., Anderson, M.C.,Knipper, K.R., Alsina, M., Mckee, L.G., Zahn, E., Bou-Zeid, E., Dokoozlian, N. 2022. Impact of advection on Two-Source Energy Balance (TSEB) canopy transpiration parameterization for vineyards in the California Central Valley .Irrigation Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-022-00778-y.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-022-00778-y

Interpretive Summary: Water conservation efforts for California’s agricultural industry are critical to its sustainability through severe droughts like the current one and others experienced over the last two decades. This is most critical for perennial crops, such as vineyards and orchards, which are costly to plant and maintain and constitute a significant fraction of the regional water use. The remote sensing-based two-source energy balance (TSEB) model has been successfully applied over vineyards in California with success, but challenges still remain. In particular, much of the irrigated cropland in the California Central Valley is affected conditions in surrounding non-irrigated areas and the TSEB model appears sensitive to such conditions. This study investigates the application of the TSEB model in an affected vineyard using four versions of the vine transpiration algorithm in TSEB spanning several growing seasons. The results suggest the performance of the original transpiration algorithm used in TSEB is satisfactory in all but the most extreme conditions, while a second, more sophisticated transpiration algorithm performs well in all cases. This modification to the TSEB transpiration algorithm has potential for improving regional applications of the TSEB model with satellite data in support of water management of perennial crops in the California Central Valley.

Technical Abstract: Water conservation efforts for California’s agricultural industry are critical to its sustainability through severe droughts like the current one and others experienced over the last two decades. This is most critical for perennial crops, such as vineyards and orchards, which are costly to plant and maintain and constitute a significant fraction of the regional water use. It is no longer feasible to access groundwater for irrigation to replace deficit surface water resources during drought due to a significant overdraft of aquifers and new regulation limiting it use. To achieve significant water savings, the actual crop water use or evapotranspiration (ET) needs to be mapped from field to regional scales on a daily basis. This can only be achieved using remote sensing-based models, particularly thermal-based energy balance models that are sensitive to deficit irrigation conditions. The two-source energy balance (TSEB) model has been successfully applied over vineyards in California with success, but challenges still remain. In particular, much of the irrigated cropland in the California Central Valley is affected by advection of hot dry air masses from surrounding non-irrigated areas and the TSEB model appears to need modifications to adequately estimate ET under such conditions, as well as the partitioning between evaporation and transpiration. This study investigates the application of the TSEB model, using local observations in a vineyard having significant advection. Four versions of the transpiration algorithm in TSEB are applied and evaluated with tower eddy covariance measurements spanning 4 growing seasons. The results suggest the performance of the original transpiration algorithm based on Priestley-Taylor used in TSEB is satisfactory in all but the most extreme advective conditions, while a transpiration algorithm based on Shuttleworth-Wallace with a canopy resistance formula, which relates maximum canopy conductance to plant transpiration rate using vapor pressure deficit (VPD) as the metric, performs well in all cases. These modifications have potential for improving regional applications of the TSEB model in support of water management in the Central Valley.