Assessment of temporal dynamics of evaporation in the Itumbiara reservoir, GO, using remote sensing data

Marcelo Pedroso Curtarelli, Enner Herenio Alcântara, Carlos Alberto Sampaio de Araújo, José Luiz Stech, João Antônio Lorenzzetti


The object of this work was to study the dynamics of evaporation in the Itumbiara reservoir, located in Central Brazil, using MODIS-derived water surface temperature (product MOD11A1) and meteorological data acquired over the water surface. The evaporation rates were derived from latent heat flux, estimated through a mass transfer model. The estimates were carried out for the period between 1/1/2010 and 31/12/2010. The results showed that evaporation rate tends to increase from January to September and then decrease from September to December. The evaporation rate reached values near 20 mm day-1 in Itumbiara reservoir during the dry season in 2010. The mean evaporation rate for the wet season was 3.66 mm day-1 and 8.25 mm day-1 for the dry season. The total water volume evaporated from Itumbiara reservoir during 2010 was estimated at about 1.7 billion m³ (2,300 mm) which represents 10% of total reservoir volume. The results suggest that advection is the main transport mechanism which drives the evaporation in Itumbiara. The convective processes contribute secondarily to evaporation in Itumbiara reservoir.


evaporation, tropical reservoirs, remote sensing, MODIS

Revista Ambiente & Água. ISSN:1980-993X DOI:10.4136/1980-993X

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