Evapotranspiration and runoff from large land areas: Land surface hydrology for atmospheric general circulation models

J. S. Famiglietti, Eric F. Wood

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Abstract

A land surface hydrology parameterization for use in atmospheric GCMs is presented. The parameterization incorporates subgrid scale variability in topography, soils, soil moisture and precipitation. The framework of the model is the statistical distribution of a topography-soils index, which controls the local water balance fluxes, and is therefore taken to represent the large land area. Spatially variable water balance fluxes are integrated with respect to the topography-soils index to yield our large scale parameterizations: water balance calculations are performed for a number of intervals of the topography-soils distribution, and interval responses are weighted by the probability of occurrence of the interval. Grid square averaged land surface fluxes result. The model functions independently as a macroscale water balance model. Runoff ratio and evapotranspiration efficiency parameterizations are derived and are shown to depend on the spatial variability of the above mentioned properties and processes, as well at the dynamics of land surface-atmosphere interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-204
Number of pages26
JournalSurveys in Geophysics
Volume12
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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