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The impact of clearing for agriculture on the surface energy budget

Lyons, T.J., Smith, R.C.G. and Xinmei, H. (1996) The impact of clearing for agriculture on the surface energy budget. International Journal of Climatology, 16 (5). pp. 551-558.

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A simple model is developed to analyse the surface energy balance from satellite observations for south-western Australia. This illustrates that the replacement of native vegitation with agriculture based on a winter growing annual species has led to a marked reduction in the sensible heat flux to the atmosphere during winter and spring. It is suggested that this reduction may be related to the observed decrease in winter rainfall observed throughout the agricultural region.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Copyright: (c) 1996 by the Royal Meteorological Society
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