Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 3, 15–30, 1999

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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 3, 15–30, 1999

  31 Mar 1999

31 Mar 1999

Combined modelling of shortwave and thermal radiation for one-imensional SVATs

D. Pearson1, C. C. Daamen2, R. J. Gurney1, and L. P. Simmonds3 D. Pearson et al.
  • 1Environmental Systems Science Centre, Harry Pitt Building, Whiteknights, PO Box 238, Reading RG6 6AL, UK.
  • 2Kerikeri Research Centre, PO Box 23, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
  • 3Department of Soil Science, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 233, Reading RG6 6DW, UK.

Abstract. Expressions for the upwelling and downwelling fluxes of optical and thermal radiation between soil, vegetation and the sky are derived, under certain simple assumptions. These are that interception of radiation by the vegetation is a purely geometric effect, while scattering is isotropic, with a strength given by a single-scattering albedo in the optical part of the spectrum, and by Kirchhoff's Law in the thermal. The soil is assumed to be a lambertian reflector, also scattering according to an albedo and Kirchhoff's Law. The model, called RM, conserves energy exactly. As part of a SVAT, it is driven by measured insolation instead of radiation, with little increase in computational cost and number of parameters.

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