Articles | Volume 21, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4149–4167, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-4149-2017

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

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4149–4167, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-4149-2017

Research article 22 Aug 2017

Research article | 22 Aug 2017

Evaporation from cultivated and semi-wild Sudanian Savanna in west Africa

Natalie C. Ceperley et al.

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Energy Balance, Tambarga, Burkina Faso, 2009–2010 Natalie C. Ceperley, Theophile Mande, Marc B. Parlange, Scott Tyler, Nick van de Giesen, and Hamma Yacouba https://doi.org/10.4121/uuid:0dbbaf01-bea4-4520-aee9-c3ebd354b27c

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We relate land cover (savanna forest and agriculture) to evaporation in Burkina Faso, west Africa. We observe more evaporation and temperature movement over the savanna forest in the headwater area relative to the agricultural section of the watershed. We find that the fraction of available energy converted to evaporation relates to vegetation cover and soil moisture. From the results, evaporation can be calculated where ground-based measurements are lacking, frequently the case across Africa.