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Global canopy interception from satellite observations

Miralles, Deigo G.; Gash, John H.; Holmes, Thomas R.H.; de Jeu, Richard A.M.; Dolman, A.J.. 2010 Global canopy interception from satellite observations. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 115, D16122. 10.1029/2009JD013530

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Abstract/Summary

A new methodology for estimating forest rainfall interception from multisatellite observations is presented. The Climate Prediction Center morphing technique (CMORPH) precipitation product is used as driving data and is applied to Gash's analytical model to derive daily interception rates at global scale. Results compare well with field observations of rainfall interception (R = 0.86, n = 42). Global estimates are presented and spatial differences in the distribution of interception over different ecosystems analyzed. According to our findings, interception loss is responsible for the evaporation of approximately 13% of the total incoming rainfall over broadleaf evergreen forests, 19% in broadleaf deciduous forests, and 22% in needleleaf forests. The product is sensitive to the volume of rainfall, rain intensity, and forest cover. In combination with separate estimates of transpiration it offers the potential to study the impact of climate change and deforestation on the dynamics of the global hydrological cycle.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2009JD013530
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water
CEH Sections: CEH fellows
ISSN: 0148-0227
Date made live: 02 Mar 2011 15:38
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13684

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