Spatial and temporal variations of evapotranspiration, groundwater and precipitation in Amazonia

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 08:00
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We used wavelet coherence analysis to investigate the effects of precipitation (P) and groundwater dynamics (total water storage anomaly, TWSA) on evapotranspiration (ET) at kilometer, sub-basin, and whole basin scales in the Amazon basin. The Amazon-scale averaged ETP, and TWSA have about the same annual periodicity. The phase lag between ET and P (ΦET-P) is ~1 to ~3 months, and between ET and TWSA (ΦET-TWSA) is ~3 to ~7 months. The phase patterns have a south-north divide due to significant variation in climatic conditions. The correlation between ΦET-P and ΦET-TWSAis affected by the aridity index (the ratio between potential ET (PET) and PPET / P), of each sub-basin, as determined using the Budyko framework at the sub-basin level. The spatial structure of ΦET-P is negatively correlated with the spatial structure of annual ET. At Amazon-scale during a drought year (e.g., 2010), both phases decreased, while in the subsequent years, ΦET-TWSA increased, indicating strong groundwater effects on ETimmediately following dry years Amazon-wide.

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