1st Edition

Evapotranspiration Principles and Applications for Water Management

Edited By Megh R Goyal, Eric W. Harmsen Copyright 2013
    628 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    628 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    This book covers topics on the basic models, assessments, and techniques to calculate evapotranspiration (ET) for practical applications in agriculture, forestry, and urban science. This simple and thorough guide provides the information and techniques necessary to develop, manage, interpret, and apply evapotranspiration [ET] data to practical applications. The simplicity of the contents facilitates a technician to develop an ET data for effective water management.

    Historical Evolution of Evapotranspiration Methods
    Water Vapor Flux Models for Agriculture
    Direct Measurement of Transpiration
    Design of Lysimeter for Turfgrass Water Use
    Evapotranspiration: Meteorological
    Evaporation Estimations with Neural Networks
    Pan Evaporation Modeling: Indian Agriculture
    Evaporation for Cypress and Pine Forests: Florida, USA

    Evapotranspiration for Pinelands: New Jersey, USA
    Water Management in Citrus
    Vegetation Water Demand and Basin Water Availability in Mexico
    Turfgrass Deficit Irrigation Practices for Water
    Evapotranspiration for Saudi Arabia: Modified Hargreaves Model
    ET with Distant Weather Stations: Saudi Arabia
    Actual Evapotranspiration using LANDSAT 5 TM in Thailand
    Sensor Based Irrigation Scheduling
    Snow Budgeting and Water

    Historical Overview of Evapotranspiration in Puerto Rico
    Reference Evapotranspiration for Colombia
    Water Management for Agronomic Crops in Trinidad
    Crop Water Stress Index for Common Beans
    Temperature versus Elevation Relationships: Evapotranspiration
    Generation of Missing Climatic Data: Puerto Rico
    Estimation of Pan Evaporation Coefficients
    Daily Evapotranspiration Estimations using Satellite Remote Sensing
    Vapor Flux Measurement System
    Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Water Resources: 2090
    Evapotranspiration using Satellite Remote Sensing for the Tropical Climate
    Water Management in Sweet Peppers
    Web Based Irrigation Scheduling
    Calibration of Pyranometers and Satellite-Derived Solar Radiation


    Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, was born in India. He received his BSc degree in agricultural engineering in 1971 from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - India; his MSc degree in 1977 and PhD degree in 1979 from the Ohio State University, Columbus; and his master of divinity degree in 2001 from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

    Since 1971, he has worked as Soil Conservation Inspector and Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and the Ohio State University; as well as Research Agricultural Engineer at Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus (UPRM). At present, he is a retired professor of agricultural and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico _ Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor for Agriculture and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc.

    He was the first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in agricultural engineering in 1986 from the College of Engineers & Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as "Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the 20th CenturyĆ®"by the ASABE _ Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneering work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 42 years, he has received awards such as Scientist of the Year, Blue Ribbon Extension Award, Research Paper Award, Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award, Agricultural Engineer of the Year, Citations by Mayors of Juana Diaz and Ponce, Membership Grand Prize for ASAE Campaign, Felix Castro Rodriguez Academic Excellence, RashtryaRatan Award and Bharat Excellence Award and Gold Medal, Domingo Marrero Navarro Prize, Adopted son of Moca, Irrigation Protagonist of UPRM, Man of Drip Irrigation by Mayor of Municipalities of Mayaguez/ Caguas/ Ponce and Senate/ Secretary of Agriculture of ELA _ Puerto Rico. He has authored more than 200 journal articles and textbooks, including Biofluid Dynamics of Human Body Systems and Management of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation by Apple Academic Press Inc.

    Dr. Eric W. Harmsen received his BSc and MSc degrees in agricultural engineering from Michigan State University and PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin. He holds a professional engineer license. Currently he is currently a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus. He teaches courses in agricultural hydrology, agroclimatology and irrigation. He was previously Associate Research Editor of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (2001-2005) as well as a reviewer for many professional journals. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (U.S. and Puerto Rico Chapters), the Caribbean Food Crop Society, the Puerto Rico Society of Agricultural Scientists, and Gamma Sigma Delta (Agricultural Honor Society).

    His research interests include measurement and modeling of all components of the hydrologic cycle; remote sensing of water and energy balance in the tropics; and agroclimatology. Some of Dr. Harmsen's water management related publications and presentation can be found at the following link: http://pragwater.com/selected-publications-and-presentations/