Non-Growing Season Water Budgets for a Shortgrass Steppe

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by Shusen Wang,
William J. Parton,
Gigi A. Richard,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water:

Abstract: The seasonal characteristics of water inputs and outputs during the non growing seasons (October through May) of 1986 to 1992 in a shortgrass steppe are presented in this paper. About 6 1.2% of the total precipitation events were small events less than 5 mm, and about 55% of the total daily water loss events were smaller than 0.5 mm. For seven of the eight months during non-growing season, water input exceeded water output. Only in April were the water losses greater than water input. Positive seasonal water balances were consistently observed in the six non-growing seasons. The n seasonal net water input was 32.0 mm. Sublimation water loss from snow is the dominate water loss component during December, January and February.

Subject Headings: Seasonal variations | Water management | Water loss | Water balance | Snow | Budgets |

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