Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 473–493, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-473-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 473–493, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-473-2017

Research article 26 Jan 2017

Research article | 26 Jan 2017

Benchmarking test of empirical root water uptake models

Marcos Alex dos Santos et al.

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Some empirical root water uptake (RWU) models were assessed under varying environmental conditions predicted from numerical simulations with a detailed physical model. The widely used empirical RWU model by Feddes only performs well in scenarios of low RWU compensation. The RWU model by Jarvis cannot mimic the RWU patterns predicted by the physical model for high root length density scenarios. The two proposed models are more capable of predicting similar RWU patterns.