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Spatially integrated estimates of landscape water fluxes at several contrasting sites

Funding: 2008: $97,000
2009: $84,000
2010: $60,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2008

Summary: The aim of this project is to measure, in real time, a true spatially averaged rate of evaporation of water into the atmosphere, from 4 diverse ecosystems and use these measurements to refine a practical model of these water fluxes. This will enable water, forestry and landscape managers to predict how current and future climate, and current and future land-use management practices will impact evapotranspiration, water yield and groundwater recharge. Because climate and land-use practices change with time, and water resources are extremely scarce, this predictive ability is of great value to science, the community and industry.

Keywords: ecosystem water use, evapotranspiration, forestry, energy balance, water yield, tree water use,

FOR Codes: Groundwater Hydrology, Biological Mathematics, Native forests, Remnant vegetation and protected conservation areas, Plant Physiology, Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Forest and Woodlands Environments, Hydrogeology, Biological mathematics , Hydrology, Plant physiology , Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments