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Unit 4.1: Energy Budgets
The purpose of this unit is to explore, compare, contrast and calculate energy fluxes from different CZO field sites to better appreciate the critical differences in the driving radiative forces affecting each site. This module will help you complete your semester-long project by introducing you to critical baseline data collection and data bases related to energy budgets.
The primary data set for this activity is the CZO tower network of a dozen met/flux towers spanning six different biomes/sites. Each site has a slightly different data format but it is easily manipulated in a spreadsheet. The lesson is divided into the following engaging activities. In this unit, you will:
- use water and energy cycle diagrams to discuss how water and energy are partitioned at the watershed scale
- learn about the instrumentation used to collect water and energy flux data
- examine radiative forcings collected from various CZO sites to compare various climatic and site-specific influences
- explore and visualize energy flux data from the CZO database
- calculate a measure of Effective Energy and Mass Transfer (EEMT) related to the potential for Critical Zone evolution
- use CZO micro meteorological data to calculate reference evaporation at a site of choice.
Unit 4.1: Energy Budgets
Part 1 - Energy FluxPre-class
- Read Rasmussen, et.al, 2011, An open system framework for integrating critical zone structure and function , Biogeochem, 102:15-29, DOI 10.1007/s10533-010-9476-8 (link may require Springer on-line subscription).
Introduction to Water and Energy Budgets & Fluxes
- The following lecture notes will introduce you to water and energy budgets and fluxes.
- Standard Lecture: Introduction to Water and Energy Budgets & Fluxes (24 slides, ~35 min)
- Student Lecture Notes: Introduction to Water/Energy Budgets & Fluxes - Printable (6/pg) Student Note Set (Acrobat (PDF) 754kB Feb23 17)
Energy Flux Graphing Activity
- In this activity, you will explore CZO Met/Flux Field Sites & Database.These slides will introduce you to the original six Critical Zone Observatories to give you an idea of the physiologic setting. Working with the CZO Met/Flux Database: Energy Flux Graphing Activity - The ultimate goal is to get you actually working with typically archived energy flux data, first by graphing it and then by using it to calculate something called reference evaporation.
- Notes: CZO Field Sites and Data- Printable (6/pg) Student Note Set (Acrobat (PDF) 991kB Oct14 13).
- Look for a different data set and make 2 plots with at least 2 variables/plot of meteorological variables (such as TA or VPD) and energy flux variables such as (Rn, H or LE) versus Calendar or Julian date. Once you have the basic plot, make sure you make it readable (titles, etc).
- Set 1: Annual period - at least 2 meteorologic parameters and 2 energy parameters.
- Set 2: Ten-day period - at least 2 meteorologic parameters and 2 energy parameters.
- If you are having trouble downloading from the CZO data archive, try using the following two files:
- Getting Started Dataset 1: WY_2010_Lower_Prov_Met_daily from Sierra CZO - 365 lines (Comma Separated Values 56kB Jul4 16).
- Getting Started Dataset 2: Tower Vcm_2010_gapfilled_14day@30min from Jemez CZO - 721 lines (Comma Separated Values 74kB Jul4 16).
Part 2 - Annual Energy BalancePre-class
- Read Brown, P.; Standardized Reference Evapotranspiration, AZ Coop.Extension, 2005, 12 p. and examine reference ET Formula Sheet (Acrobat (PDF) 146kB Oct27 13) (from Brown, 2005).
Review of homework
- You will start with a review of any issues and the homework associated with the energy flux activity that was started and assigned last period.
Annual Energy Balance Graphs Activity
- You will examine the six graphs in the Handout (below) for patterns and speculate as to what controls the timing and magnitude of fluxes.
Sources of Data
- Critical Zone Observatory National Database, http://criticalzone.org/national/data/
- Sustainability-Water: Sierra Nevada Snow Pack & Snow Melt (with Dr. Martha Conklin!), NBC Learn, air date 6/26/13.
- Allen, R.; ASCE-EWRI Standardization of Reference Evapotranspiration, ID Ag. Experiment Sta., http://www.kimberly.uidaho.edu/water/asceewri/appendix.pdf
- Allen, Pereira, Raes, Smith; Crop evapotranspiration - Guidelines for computing crop water requirements - FAO Irrigation and drainage paper 56, http://www.fao.org/docrep/x0490e/x0490e00.htm#Contents
- Excellent slides on global climate system: http://www.iac.ethz.ch/edu/courses/bachelor/vertiefung/climate_systems
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