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Developing a feedbacks toolkit for regional water resource assessments

Blyth, E.M.; Jacobs, C.M.J.. 2011 Developing a feedbacks toolkit for regional water resource assessments. In: Franks, Stewart W.; Boegh, Eva; Blyth, Eleanor; Hannah, David M.; Yilmaz, Koray K., (eds.) Hydro-climatology: Variability and Change. IAHS, 27-31. (IAHS Publication, 344).

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Abstract/Summary

There is a need to include the atmospheric feedbacks that alter evaporative demand in a region when water availability is changed. This is because the water resource implications of large-scale irrigation or soil water depletion cannot be assessed unless the subsequent changes to air temperature, humidity and cloudiness are accounted for. Here, we propose a simple tool that can be used to assess such feedback strengths anywhere in the globe, although it will not always be appropriate. The tool is based on a simple box model for the planetary boundary layer, assuming a semi-permeable lid at the top, but taking advection into account as well. Sample calculations with a prototype of the tool and an analysis of atmospheric data in North America showed that atmospheric feedbacks can play an important role in water resource assessments in some regions. If the region has a relatively straightforward feedback regime dominated by one-dimensional feedback processes, this can be quantified using the simple tool.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Water > WA Topic 3 - Science for Water Management > WA - 3.3 - Better represent hydrological and biogeochemical processes in Earth System Models
CEH Sections: Reynard
ISBN: 9781907161193
ISSN: ISBN 978-1-907161-19-3, 254
Additional Keywords: water resource management, evapotranspiration, land–atmosphere feedback
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Date made live: 24 Jan 2012 11:20
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/16449

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