Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
30 Jun 1997
30 Jun 1997

The United Kingdom Meteorological Office rainfall and evaporation calculation system: MORECS version 2.0-an overview

M. N. Hough and R. J. A. Jones

Abstract. The operational system known as MORECS which provides estimates of evaporation, soil moisture deficit and effective precipitation under British climatic conditions has been revised as version 2.0. An overview of the new system is described with emphasis on the new additions. The major changes from the older version (Thomson, Barrie and Ayles, 1981) include the introduction of the crop oil-seed rape, a revised treatment of soils and available water capacity and a land use data base which is representative of the 1990s.