Articles | Volume 24, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4189–4211, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-4189-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4189–4211, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-4189-2020

Research article 27 Aug 2020

Research article | 27 Aug 2020

Data-driven estimates of evapotranspiration and its controls in the Congo Basin

Michael W. Burnett et al.

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Water that evaporates from Africa's tropical forests provides rainfall throughout the continent. However, there are few sources of meteorological data in central Africa, so we use observations from satellites to estimate evaporation from the Congo Basin at different times of the year. We find that existing evaporation estimates in tropical Africa do not accurately capture seasonal variations in evaporation and that fluctuations in soil moisture and solar radiation drive evaporation rates.