Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 409–425, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-409-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 409–425, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-409-2015

Research article 21 Jan 2015

Research article | 21 Jan 2015

Using measured soil water contents to estimate evapotranspiration and root water uptake profiles – a comparative study

M. Guderle and A. Hildebrandt

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This paper is the result of a numerical study to test the application of water balance methods for estimating evapotranspiration and water extraction profiles based on measured soil water content data. The advantage of the tested methods is that they do not rely on a priori information of any root distribution parameters. Our research shows the potential of water balance methods for derivation of water extraction profiles, but their application may be challenging in realistic conditions.