About the Evapotranspiration and the Leef Wetness

The combination of two discrete processes in which there is loss of water at the one side from a soil surface evaporation (E) and at the other side the crop transpiration (T) is defined as Evapotranspiration (ET). Also another parameter, which is related to evapotranspiration, is the Leaf Wetness (LW).

Evaporation (E)

Evaporation is the process by which water in liquid phase is converted into water in gas phase (steaming) and evaporate from the surface (removal of steam). The water evaporates from a variety of surfaces, such as seas, lakes, rivers, roads, wet soils and vegetation. To change the state of water molecules from liquid to gas phase energy is required. The direct solar radiation and to a lesser extent, the temperature of the ambient air, supply the energy for this. The determining factor for remove water from the evaporating surface is the difference between the pressure from the water to evaporate and the pressure into the surrounding atmosphere. As evaporation proceeds, the surrounding air gradually becomes saturated and if the humid air is not transported in the atmosphere, the process slows down or stops. The replacement of saturated air with driest air depends largely extent by the wind speed. Therefore, solar radiation, air temperature, air humidity and wind speed are climatic parameters they must be taken into account when evaporation is calculated.

Transpiration (T)

Transpiration is the process by which water in liquid phase contained in plants tissues is converted into water in gas phase (steaming) and get removed as a vapor (steam) in the atmosphere. Crops mainly lose water through their stomata (Greek word: stoma=mouth, stomata=mouths). Stomata are small openings in leaves of the plants through which the gases and water vapor (steam) passes to the atmosphere. The water, together with some nutrients is absorbed by roots and transported through the plant to the leaves. The steaming occurs within the leaves, in the intercellular intervals, and vapor exchange with the atmosphere is controlled by the stomata diaphragm. Almost all the absorbed water, is lost by transpiration and only a small fraction is used by the plant. The transpiration depends on the suplied energy, the vapor pressure gradient and wind. Therefore, radiation factors, air temperature, air humidity and wind must be taken into account in the calculation of transpiration. The water content of soil and ability of soil to carry water to the roots also determine the transpiration, as well as flooding and salinity of subsurface water. The transpiration is affected also on the characteristics of the crop, environmental conditions and cultivation practices. Different plant species may have different transpiration.

Carbon dioxide enters, while water and oxygen exit,
through a stoma

Two stomata on a duckweed leaf

Evapotranspiration (ET)

Evaporation and transpiration occur simultaneously and there is no easy way of distinction between the two procedures. Apart from the availability of water in upper soil layer, the evaporation from a cultivated soil determined mainly by the fraction of solar radiation that reaches the surface of soil. This fraction decreases in the cultivation development period as the shade of growing up leaves take more and more territory. When cultivation is low, water is lost mainly from the soil evaporation, but once crop developed well and fully cover the soil, transpiration is the basic process.


The importance of Evapotranspiration Knowledge

# The latent heat of vaporization is one of the conditions of equation energy balance and the analysis gives informations on (micro)climatic and agrometeorologike studies

# The evapotranspiration is one of the main factors to be taken into account in hydrology when drawing water balances

# The evapotranspiration is an integral part of hydrological and climatic processes of earth and her atmosphere (models involved in atmospheric circulation and climate models are local, mainland and global scale) and is an important part of the hydrological cycle

# In large-scale (even global) the evapotranspiration has particular importance for the assessment of climatic and anthropogenic influences and environmental pressures on natural and agricultural ecosystems

# The evapotranspiration has enormous importance for agronomy as it allows the prediction of crop production (harvest) with the maximum water save, since water is the main limiting factor for agricultural production, water resources management and water balances in agriculture


Leaf Wetness (LW)

The air humidity, water in gas form, comes in contact with a leaf, which is cold and converts into water to liquid form. When the temperature gets higher this water gets evaporeted and converts into gas form again. Also when it is raining a leaf gets wet. After the rain and when the temperature gets higher this rain water gets evaporeted and converts into gas form. The Leaf Wetness has an index from 0 to 15. 0 for dry and 15 for wet.


The Evapotranspiration at Vouhead Weather

Vouhead Weather is using the Kimberly-Penman equations to calculate
the evapotranspiration through the program Weather Display.
Also below You can see the values of the parameters, which are related to evapotranspiration.
Leaf wetness (LW), temperature, humidity, wind, rain, soil temperature and soil moisture.
The unit for soil moisture is centibar (cb) and the values from 0 to 200. 0 for wet and 200 for dry.

150 cm
50 cm
  LW: 0.0
Temperature: 31.1°C
Humidity: 44%
Rain yesterday:
Rain today:
Rain monthly:
SW - 3.2 km/h
0.0 mm
0.0 mm
2.0 mm
Evapotranspiration (mm)
Yesterday 00:00
  LW: 0.0
-10 cm
-50 cm
  Temperature: 24°C
Moisture: 200.0 cb
  Temperature: 23°C
Moisture: 200.0 cb
spacer Source:  Estimation of evapotranspiration (pdf in Greek)   from Alexia Tsuni (Athens, June 2003)

   This data is not to be used for protection of life and property  
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