Heat and water transfer in bare topsoil and the lower atmosphere

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    This book describes an analysis of processes and factors that affect the energy balance of bare soil, and the associated exchange of heat and moisture at the surface. After a brief treatment of basic transport theory, the processes of soil-atmosphere interaction are expressed in a simulation algorithm. This algorithm provides an instrument to study the 'conditioning' effect of soil on the lower atmosphere, and vice versa. Examples of sensitivity analysis are presented, with emphasis on the behaviour of surface temperature. In remote sensing practice, surface temperature is estimated from thermal imagery; simulation algorithms can assist in its interpretation. Field data of fluxes, state variables and soil properties are extensively discussed and are used to validate appropriate sections of the model
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    Number of pages207
    ISBN (Print)9789022009611
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

    Publication series

    NameSimulation monographs
    ISSN (Print)0924-8439


    • air temperature
    • analogues
    • atmosphere
    • computer simulation
    • energy balance
    • environment
    • evaporation
    • fluctuations
    • hydrology
    • land
    • methodology
    • models
    • research
    • simulation
    • simulation models
    • soil
    • soil temperature
    • soil thermal properties
    • soil water
    • surfaces
    • thermal conductivity
    • boundary layer
    • land surface

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