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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1859–1870, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1859-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1859–1870, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1859-2020

Research article 15 Apr 2020

Research article | 15 Apr 2020

A proposed method for estimating interception from near-surface soil moisture response

Subodh Acharya et al.

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Interception is the storage and subsequent evaporation of rain by vegetation and surface litter. Quantifying interception is critical for understanding the water balance, but it can be difficult and costly to measure. We developed an approach to estimate interception using automated soil moisture measurements during rainfall events. Results suggest that interception can be estimated using soil moisture data, leading to potential cost savings and logistical advantages over conventional methods.