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Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao. 2013 May;24(5):1209-14.

[Characteristics of evapotranspiration and crop coefficient of agroecosystems in semi-arid area of Loess Plateau, Northwest China].

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Gansu Province Key Laboratory of Arid Climatic Change and Reducing Disaster/China Meteorological Administration Key Open Laboratory of Arid Climatic Change and Disaster Reduction, Institute of Arid Meteorology, China Meteorological Administration, Lanzhou 730020, China.


Evapotranspiration (ET) is an important component of ground surface energy balance and water balance, and closely related to water cycle. By using eddy covariance technique, this paper studied the ET characteristics of agroecosystems in the semi-arid area of Loess Plateau in growth season (from April to September), 2010, and analyzed the relationships between crop coefficient and environmental factors. During the observation period, the diurnal variation of latent heat flux (LE) in each month was similar to single-peak curve, and the peak value (151.4 W x m(-2)) occurred in August. The daytime energy partitioning manner showed a significant seasonal variation, with LE/R(n) < H/R(n) (R(n) was net radiation, and H was sensible heat flux) from April to June, and LE/R(n) > H/R(n) from July to September. The daily ET rate also showed a significant seasonal variation, with the maximum of 4.69 mm x d(-1). The wind speed (W(s)), relative humidity (RH), soil water content (theta), and atmospheric vapor pressure deficit (D) were the major factors affecting the crop coefficient K

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