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Water Resources Research

The value of intuitive concepts in evaporation research

Authors

  • Richard D. Crago,

    1. Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
    2. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Russell J. Qualls

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    1. Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA
    • Corresponding author: R. J. Qualls, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83843-0904, USA. (rqualls@uidaho.edu)

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Abstract

[1] The Evaporative Fraction (EF) and the Complementary Relationship (CR), both extensively explored by Wilfried Brutsaert during his productive career, have elucidated the conceptual understanding of evapotranspiration within hydrological science, despite a lack of rigorous proof of validity of either concept. We briefly review Brutsaert's role in the history of these concepts and discuss their appeal and interrelationship.

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