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The Role of Evapotranspiration Models in Irrigation Scheduling

Jensen, Marvin E. and Wright, James L. (1978) The Role of Evapotranspiration Models in Irrigation Scheduling. Transaction of the ASAE. 21(1):82-87.


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MOST evapotranspiration (El) models are based on physical principles controlling evaporation and the conservation of mass and energy, and use daily climatic data. ET models coupled with irrigation models are valuable tools because they enable trained and experienced irrigation specialists to provide irrigation scheduling services at a reasonable cost. Estimated standard deviations of mean daily ET for 1- to 30-day periods (S-et) at Akron, Colorado; Davis, California; Kimberly, Idaho; and Lompoc, CA varied from 0.9 to 1.3 mm/day. S-et decreased to 0.4 to 0.7 mm/day for 15- to 30-day periods. Standard errors of. ET estimates (Sy,x) with a combination equation based on 243 days of data from Kimberly, ID were normally distributed. The Sy,x for daily values was 1.0 mm/day. The Sy,x decreased inversely with the square root of the number of days for up to 30 days and was similar to those reported for other areas using models that operate on daily climatic data. A summary of factors affecting confidence levels in irrigation scheduling is presented along with the expected standard deviations. Generally, the error in estimating irrigation applications exceeds estimated ET errors. The error in measuring soil moisture is generally smaller than estimated ET and irrigation application errors.

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 0391
Subjects: Irrigation > Irrigation scheduling
Water > Evapotranspiration
Research methodology
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:51
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 22:30
Item ID: 330

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