Heterogeneity and scaling land-atmospheric water and energy fluxes in climate systems

Eric F. Wood

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The acquisition of high resolution land surface data through remote sensing and intensive land-climatology field experiments has provided data to investigate the interactions between microscale land-atmosphere interactions and macroscale models. One essential research question is how to account for the small-scale heterogeneities and whether "effective' parameters can be used in the macroscale models. To address this question of scaling, three modeling experiments were performed and are reviewed in this paper. The first is concerned with the aggregation of parameters and inputs for a terrestrial water and energy balance model. The second experiment analyzed the scaling behaviour of hydrological responses during rain events and between rain events. The third experiment compared the hydrological responses from distributed models with a lumped model that uses spatially constant inputs and parameters. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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