Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1263–1277, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1263-2017

Special issue: Observations and modeling of land surface water and energy...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1263–1277, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1263-2017

Research article 02 Mar 2017

Research article | 02 Mar 2017

Feasibility analysis of using inverse modeling for estimating field-scale evapotranspiration in maize and soybean fields from soil water content monitoring networks

Foad Foolad et al.

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Estimates of evapotranspiration are vital for validation of models. However, those datasets are often limited to research applications. Here, we explore using vadose zone modeling with widespread and readily available soil water content monitoring networks. While this work focused on one agricultural site, the framework can be used everywhere there is basic data. The resulting evapotranspiration and soil water content measurements are valuable benchmarks for evaluation of land surface models.