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A Modified Gash Model for Estimating Rainfall Interception Loss of Forest Using Remote Sensing Observations at Regional Scale

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Cui, Y.K., and L. Jia.(2014). A Modified Gash Model for Estimating Rainfall Interception Loss of Forest Using Remote Sensing Observations at Regional Scale, Water, 6(4), 993–1012, doi:10.3390/w6040993.
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Title A Modified Gash Model for Estimating Rainfall Interception Loss of Forest Using Remote Sensing Observations at Regional Scale
Authors Cui, Yaokui| Jia, Li|
Secondary Title Water
Abstract Rainfall interception loss of forest is an important component of water balance in a forested ecosystem. The Gash analytical model has been widely used to estimate the forest interception loss at field scale. In this study, we proposed a simple model to estimate rainfall interception loss of heterogeneous forest at regional scale with several reasonable assumptions using remote sensing observations. The model is a modified Gash analytical model using easily measured parameters of forest structure from satellite data and extends the original Gash model from point-scale to the regional scale. Preliminary results, using remote sensing data from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) products, field measured rainfall data, and meteorological data of the Automatic Weather Station (AWS) over a picea crassifolia forest in the upper reaches of the Heihe River Basin in northwestern China, showed reasonable accuracy in estimating rainfall interception loss at both the Dayekou experimental site (R2 = 0.91, RMSE = 0.34 mm∙d −1) and the Pailugou experimental site (R2 = 0.82, RMSE = 0.6 mm∙d −1), compared with ground measurements based on per unit area of forest. The interception loss map of the study area was shown to be strongly heterogeneous. The modified model has robust physics and is insensitive to the input parameters, according to the sensitivity analysis using numerical simulations. The modified model appears to be stable and easy to be applied for operational estimation of interception loss over large areas.
Date 2014/04/22/
Year 2014
DOI 10.3390/w6040993
Database Provider www.mdpi.com
volume 6
Issue Number 4
Start Page 993
Language en
Url http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/6/4/993
Access Date 2014/05/19/13:29:35
Keywords Forest| Gash model| interception loss| regional scale| Remote sensing|
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