Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Research article
19 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 19 Jan 2016

Closing the water balance with cosmic-ray soil moisture measurements and assessing their relation to evapotranspiration in two semiarid watersheds

A. P. Schreiner-McGraw, E. R. Vivoni, G. Mascaro, and T. E. Franz

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Soil moisture estimates from a novel method were evaluated in two semiarid watersheds. We found good agreements between the technique and estimates derived from watershed instruments designed to close the water balance. We then investigated local hydrologic processes and link between evapotranspiration and soil moisture obtained from the novel measurements.