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Ecohydrologic role of solar radiation on landscape evolution

Solar radiation has a clear signature on the spatial organization of ecohydrologic fluxes, vegetation patterns and dynamics, and landscape morphology in semiarid ecosystems. Existing landscape evolution models (LEMs) do not explicitly consider spatially explicit solar radiation as model forcing. Here, we improve an existing LEM to represent coupled processes of energy, water, and sediment balance for semiarid fluvial catchments. To ground model predictions, a study site is selected in central New Mexico where hillslope aspec ...

Yetemen, Omer; Istanbulluoglu, Erkan; Flores-Cervantes, Homero; Vivoni, Enrique; Bras, Rafael;

YEAR: 2015     DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.v51.210.1002/2014WR016169

catchment evolution; ecohydrology; geomorphology; landscape evolution; solar radiation; vegetation dynamics