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Silva, B.; Alava Nunez, P.; Strobl, S.; Beck, E. &amp; Bendix, J. (2017): <b>Area-wide evapotranspiration monitoring at the crown level of a tropical mountain rain forest</b>. <i>Remote Sensing of Environment</i> <b>194</b>, 219–229.

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Title: Area-wide evapotranspiration monitoring at the crown level of a tropical mountain rain forest
FOR816dw ID: 289
Publication Date: 2017-03-01
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Individual: Brenner Silva
Individual: Paulina Alava Nunez
Individual: Simone Strobl
Individual: Erwin Beck
Individual: Jörg Bendix
Ecosystem water regulation couples energy and water balance, depends on the integrity of the ecosystem, and<br/> responds to changes in climate. Changes in tree-water relationships in the biodiversity hotspot of the tropical<br/> Andes in southern Ecuador might be potentially observed at the level of individual trees, thus providing an efficient<br/> ecosystem monitoring method with applications in forest management and conservation at the tree and<br/> landscape levels. In this study,we combine area-average measurements froma laser scintillometer above the forestwith<br/> optical satellite data at high spatial resolution to obtain area-wide evapotranspiration data. The processing<br/> of field data includes the calculation of energy storage in forest biomass and the partitioning of<br/> evapotranspiration into transpiration and evaporation. Satellite-based estimates are calibrated by using tower<br/> flux measurements and meteorological data within periods of humid and less-humid atmosphere. The annual<br/> evapotranspiration was 1316 mm, of which 1086 mm per year corresponds to the forest transpiration at the<br/> study site. Average values of 4.7 and 4.1 mm d?1 per tree crown are observed under humid and less-humid atmospheric<br/> conditions, respectively, when applying high-resolution area-wide evapotranspiration in individual<br/> crown analysis. Approximately 24% of the observed crowns show a positive monthly change in ET, and 51% of<br/> the crowns show a significant change in the daily ET, which can be considered sensitive individuals concerning<br/> water relationships. The limitations in the area-wide evapotranspiration at the crown level can be explained<br/> by considering the spectral responses of the crown individuals. The presented method can be robustly deployed<br/> in the ecological monitoring of mountain forests.
| remote sensing | evapotranspiration |
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Journal: Remote Sensing of Environment
Volume: 194
Page Range: 219–229
Publisher: Elsevier
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Individual: Jörg Bendix
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