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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-5-441-2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-5-441-2014
Research article
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05 Dec 2014
Research article |  | 05 Dec 2014

Contrasting roles of interception and transpiration in the hydrological cycle – Part 1: Temporal characteristics over land

L. Wang-Erlandsson, R. J. van der Ent, L. J. Gordon, and H. H. G. Savenije

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We investigate the temporal characteristics of partitioned evaporation on land, and we present STEAM (Simple Terrestrial Evaporation to Atmosphere Model) -- a hydrological land-surface model developed to provide inputs to moisture tracking. The terrestrial residence timescale of transpiration (days to months) has larger inter-seasonal variation and is substantially longer than that of interception (hours). This can cause differences in moisture recycling, which is investigated more in Part 2.
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