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Szilagyi, J., and J. Jozsa (2009), Complementary relationship of evaporation and the mean annual water-energy balance, Water Resour. Res., 45, W09201, doi:10.1029/2009WR008129.


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By combining the complementary relationship of evaporation with the coupled long-term water-energy balance of Porporato et al. (2004) in a Budyko-type framework, one can, from atmospheric measurements alone, derive important ecosystem characteristics, such as the mean effective relative soil moisture and the maximum soil water storage, as well as predict changes in the rooting depth of vegetation as a response to climate variations.