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https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2022-119
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2022-119
04 May 2022
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Probabilistic soil moisture dynamics of water- and energy-limited ecosystems

Estefanía Muñoz, Andrés Ochoa, and Germán Poveda

Abstract. We present an extension of the stochastic ecohydrological model for soil moisture dynamics at a point of RodríguezIturbe et al. (1999) and Laio et al. (2001). In the original model, evapotranspiration is a function of soil moisture and vegetation parameters, which makes the model suitable for water–limited environments. Based on the Leuning’s stomatal conductance approach, the C3 photosynthesis model of Farquhar et al. and the Penman–Monteith equation, we model daily transpiration as a negative exponential function of available photosynthetically active radiation. This function allowed us to broaden the Rodríguez-Iturbe et al. (1999) and Laio et al. (2001) model to encompass both water– and energy–limited ecosystems by introducing the dependence of maximum evapotranspiration on available photosynthetically active radiation. We illustrate the extended model with two study cases from the FLUXNET database, DE–Hai in Germany and GF–Guy in French Guiana, and analyze the sensibility of soil moisture dynamics and the long-term water balance to available radiation. Our results show that the analytical solution presented by Rodríguez-Iturbe et al. (1999) continues to be valid as the maximum evapotranspiration rate is calculated in terms of available energy and assuming stationary in the radiation regime.

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Estefanía Muñoz, Andrés Ochoa, and Germán Poveda

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  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-119', Anonymous Referee #1, 03 Jun 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Estefanía Muñoz, 13 Aug 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-119', Anonymous Referee #2, 07 Jul 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Estefanía Muñoz, 13 Aug 2022

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-119', Anonymous Referee #1, 03 Jun 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Estefanía Muñoz, 13 Aug 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-119', Anonymous Referee #2, 07 Jul 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Estefanía Muñoz, 13 Aug 2022
Estefanía Muñoz, Andrés Ochoa, and Germán Poveda
Estefanía Muñoz, Andrés Ochoa, and Germán Poveda

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Rodriguez-Iturbe et al. in 1999 presented a model to analytically describe soil moisture dynamics for water-limited ecosystems. In this paper, we extend the model to energy-limited ecosystems by introducing the dependence of maximum evapotranspiration on radiation, and we model this relationship through a negative exponential equation. We illustrate the extended model with two study cases and evaluate the sensibility of soil moisture and the long-term water balance to available energy.