Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 113–144

A lagrangian random-walk model for simulating water vapor, CO2 and sensible heat flux densities and scalar profiles over and within a soybean canopy

  • Dennis Baldocchi

DOI: 10.1007/BF02033998

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Baldocchi, D. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1992) 61: 113. doi:10.1007/BF02033998


An integrated canopy micrometeorological model is described for calculating CO2, water vapor and sensible heat exchange rates and scalar concentration profiles over and within a crop canopy. The integrated model employs a Lagrangian random walk algorithm to calculate turbulent diffusion. The integrated model extends previous Lagrangian modelling efforts by employing biochemical, physiological and micrometeorological principles to evaluate vegetative sources and sinks. Model simulations of water vapor, CO2 and sensible heat flux densities are tested against measurements made over a soybean canopy, while calculations of scalar profiles are tested against measurements made above and within the canopy. The model simulates energy and mass fluxes and scalar profiles above the canopy successfully. On the other hand, model calculations of scalar profiles inside the canopy do not match measurements.

The tested Lagrangian model is also used to evaluate simpler modelling schemes, as needed for regional and global applications. Simple, half-order closure modelling schemes (which assume a constant scalar profile in the canopy) do not yield large errors in the computation of latent heat (LE) and CO2 (Fc) flux densities. Small errors occur because the source-sink formulation of LE andFc are relatively insensitive to changes in scalar concentrations and the scalar gradients are small. On the other hand, complicated modelling frames may be needed to calculate sensible heat flux densities; the source-sink formulation of sensible heat is closely coupled to the within-canopy air temperature profile.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Baldocchi
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  1. 1.Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion DivisionNOAAOak RidgeUSA