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Evapotranspiration Studies in Nevada

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Nature Conservancy ET-4

Site identification: 385858119493001

Study contact: Doug Maurer

ET Data

Annual ET reported (in inches): 33.6

Study period: 10/01/03 - 9/30/04

Days recorded: 146 from 6/08/04 to 11/01/04


Measurement method: Eddy covariance

Data: Download from NWISWeb

Graph of ET data

Location information

in decimal degrees
in decimal degrees
38.982674065 -119.825825181 4665


Photo of ET site


ET Source Area

Flood-irrigated pasture


Study Information

Data from eight ET stations provided estimates of annual ET during water year 2004, the sixth consecutive year of a drought with average or below average precipitation since 1999. Estimated annual ET from flood-irrigated alfalfa where the water table was from 3 to 6 feet below land surface was 3.1 feet. A similar amount of ET, 3.0 feet, was estimated from flood-irrigated alfalfa where the water table was about 40 feet below land surface. Estimated annual ET from flood-irrigated pasture ranged from 2.8 to 3.2 feet where the water table ranged from 2 to 5 feet below land surface, and was 4.4 feet where the water table was within 2 feet from land surface. Annual ET estimated from nonirrigated pasture was 1.7 feet. Annual ET estimated from native vegetation was 1.9 feet from stands of rabbitbrush and greasewood near the northern end of the valley, and 1.5 feet from stands of native bitterbrush and sagebrush covering alluvial fans along the western side of the valley. Uncertainty in most ET estimates is about 12 percent, but ranged from +30 and +50 percent to -20 and -40 percent for nonirrigated pasture and native bitterbrush and sagebrush. Estimated rates for water year 2004 likely are less than those during years of average, or above average precipitation when the water table would be closer to land surface.


Study Publication: SIR2005-5288




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