Surveys in Geophysics

, Volume 12, Issue 1–3, pp 205–220 | Cite as

Climate and the equilibrium state of land surface hydrology parameterizations

  • Dara Entekhabi
  • Peter S. Eagleson
Part II: Modeling and Analysis


For given climatic rates of precipitation and potential evaporation, the land surface hydrology parameterizations of atmospheric general circulation models will maintain soil-water storage conditions that balance the moisture input and output. The surface relative soil saturation for such climatic conditions serves as a measure of the land surface parameterization state under a given forcing. The equilibrium value of this variable for alternate parameterizations of land surface hydrology are determined as a function of climate and the sensitivity of the surface to shifts and changes in climatic forcing are estimated.


Precipitation Climatic Condition Land Surface Parameterization State Circulation Model 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dara Entekhabi
    • 1
  • Peter S. Eagleson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeU.S.A.

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