Thermodynamics, Irreversibility, and Optimality in Land Surface Hydrology
The water exchange at the land surface is driven by the input of water by precipitation and the loss by runoff generation and evapotranspiration into the atmosphere. It is strongly linked to the surface energy balance by the flux of latent heat associated with evapotranspiration, but also to the dynamics of the atmosphere and the terrestrial biosphere.
KeywordsHydrology Thermodynamics Entropy production Irreversibility Memory Vegetation Biotic effects
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