Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3109–3131, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3109-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3109–3131, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3109-2015
Research article
16 Jul 2015
Research article | 16 Jul 2015

Evaluation of land surface model simulations of evapotranspiration over a 12-year crop succession: impact of soil hydraulic and vegetation properties

S. Garrigues et al.

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Land surface model simulations of evapotranspiration are assessed over a 12-year Mediterranean crop succession. Evapotranspiration mainly results from soil evaporation when it is simulated over a Mediterranean crop succession. This leads to a high sensitivity to the soil parameters. Errors on soil hydraulic properties can lead to a large bias in cumulative evapotranspiration over a long period of time. Accounting for uncertainties in soil properties is essential for land surface modelling.