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A simple pan-evaporation model for analysis of climate simulations: Evaluation over Australia

Rotstayn, Leon D; Roderick, Michael; Farquhar, Graham


We show that a simple model of pan evaporation ("PenPan") can be used to analyze monthly mean output from a global climate model (GCM). PenPan is based on a modified version of Penman's potential evapotranspiration equation. Very good agreement is obtained with observed annual pan evaporation for Australian sites when PenPan is forced by surface observations of radiation, wind speed, humidity and air temperature. When PenPan is forced with monthly mean output from the CSIRO GCM, the results are...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1029/2006GL027114


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