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Chapter 3: Abstraction From Precipitation . LOSSES FROM PRECIPITATION . EVAPORATlON PROCESS. Influencing Factors .

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influencing factors
Influencing Factors
  • Vapour pressures at the water surface and air above: the rate of evaporation is proportional to the difference between the saturation vapour pressure at the water surface (Dalton’s law)


EL = C (ew – ea)

EL : rate of evaporation (mm/day)

C : a coefficient depend on wind velocity, atmospheric pressure and other factors

ew : the saturation vapour pressure at the water surface (mm of mercury)

ea : the actual vapour pressure of air (mm of mercury)

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Influencing Factors

2. Air and water temperature: the rate of evaporation increases with an increase in the water temperature.

3. Wind : the rate of evaporation increases with the wind speed up to critical speed beyond which any further increase in the wind speed has no influence on the evaporation rate

4.Atmosphere pressure: a decrease in the barometric pressure ( as in high altitudes), increases evaporation.

5. Quality of water: under identical condition evaporation from sea water is about 2-3% less that from fresh water.

6. Size of water body

evaporation measurement
Evaporation Measurement
  • The most widely used method of finding or monitoring the water body evaporation.
  • The standard National Weather Bureau Class A pan ( 1.21 m diameter, 25.5 cm depth, it is placed on a wooden structure of 15 cm height).

Pan Coefficient Cp

The actual evaporation from a nearby leak is less than that of pan evaporation

Why ?

  • The sides of the pan is exposed to the sun
  • The temperature over the pan is higher that over the lake

Lake evaporation = Cp x pan evaporation

Cp = pan coefficient and equal 0.7 for Class A land Pan.

evaporation estimations
Evaporation Estimations

Empirical Evaporation Equation

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Evaporation Measurement
  • Analytical methods

Water-budget method,

It involves writing the hydrological continuity equation for the lake and

determining the evaporation from a knowledge or estimation of other


Thus considering the daily average values for a lake, the continuity equation is written as:

EL= P + (Vis- Vos) + (Vig- Vog) – TL – Δ S

All quantities are in units of volume (m3) or depth (mm) over a reference

Area. p,. Vis, Vos and Δ Scan be measured. However, it is not possible

to measure Vig, Vogand TL and therefore these quantities can only be


If the unit of time is kept large, say weeks or months, better accuracy in

the estimate of ELis possible. In view of the various uncertainties in the

estimated values and the possibilities of errors in measured variables,

the water-budget method cannot be expected to give very accurate







It is the segment of precipitation that is prevented to reach the ground by vegetation and subsequently evaporates

Interception = Rainfall – stemflow – throughfall

route of interception
Route of interception
  • Interception loss : rain water retained by the vegetation as surface storage >>>> evaporate

2. Througfall : rain water can drip off the plant leaves to join the ground surface or the surface flow

3. Stem flow: the rain water may run along the leaves and braches and down the stem to reach the ground surface

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Influencing Factors
  • Storm characteristics : rainfall intensity, duration, wind …etc
  • The vegetation : species, age, density of plants and trees

3.Season of the year: time of plant growing

It is estimated of that : of the total rainfall in area during plant-growing season, the interception loss is 10-20 %.

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Beech trees

Interception loss as

% Rainfall










Rainfall (mm)

Influencing Factors
  • Estimation of interception can be significant in annual or long-term models
  • For heavy rainfalls during individual storm events interception is neglected
estimation of interception
Estimation of Interception

Most interception loss develops during the initial storm period and the rate of interception rapidly approach to zero.

Ii = Si + KEt

Ii = the volume of water intercepted (mm)

SI = the interception storage whose values varies from 0.25 to 1.5 depending on the nature of vegetation

Ki = ration of vegetal surface area to its projected area

E = Evaporation rate in (mm/h) during the precipitation

t = duration of rainfall in hours


Li = 0.015+ 0.23 P (ash trees)

Li = 0.03+ 0.22 P (oak trees)


Depression Storage

When the precipitation of a storm reaches the ground, it must fill up all depressions before it can flow over the surface

The volume of water trapped in these depressions called depression storage

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Influencing Factors
  • Type of soil : 0.50 cm for sand, 0.25 cm fro clay
  • The condition of the surface : amonut and nature of depression
  • The slope of Catchment
  • The soil moisture

Soil water zone – max depth from which water can be returned to surface through capillary action or ET.

Unsaturated zone

Transmission zone, uniform moisture content, not saturated

Gravitational water – flow direction is vertical due to gravity. (unsaturated zone or zone of aeration)

Capillary zone, less than atmospheric pressure

Wetting Front

Groundwater, saturation at atmospheric pressure


Is the process by which precipitation moves down through the surface of the earth and replenishes soil moisture recharge aquifers, and ultimately support runoff quantities.

infiltration capacity
Infiltration Capacity

Infiltration capacity (fc): The maximum rate at which a given soil at a given time can a absorb water (cm/h)

The actual rate of infiltration f can be expressed as :

f = fc when i ≥ fc

f = i when i < fc

Where i = the intensity of rainfall

The infiltration capacity of a soil is high at the beginning of a storm and has and extensional decay at the time elapses.

measurement of infiltration
Measurement of Infiltration

There are two kinds of infiltrometers :

  • Flooding-type infiltrometer, and

Horton’s Infiltration Model

  • If the rainfall supply exceeds the infiltration capacity, the infiltration tends to decrease in exponential manner

Where :

fct : the infiltration capacity (depth/time)

at any time t from the start of the rainfall

ffc: a final or equilibrium capacity

fco: the initial infiltration capacity

Kh: a constant representing the rate of decrease in f capacity

td: duration of the rainfall


Runoff volume

Volume Losses



  •  index is determined for a single storm and not applicable to other storm and
  • Large storm on wet soil and

- Infiltration rate may be assumed to be relatively uniform

Volume losses includes the interception, depression storage and infiltration



Example 3.5

  • A storm with 10.0 cm precipitation produce a direct runoff of 5.8 cm given the time distribution of the storm as below, estimate the - INDEX of the storm?

Total infiltration = 10.0-5.8 = 4.2 cm

Assume the time of rainfall excess = 8 hr (for the first trail)

Then Ф = 4.2/8 = 0.525 cm/h

This value makes the rainfall of the first hour and eight hour ineffective as their magnitude is less than 5.25 cm/h.

Assume the time of rainfall excess = 6 hr (for the second trail)

Infiltration = 10-0.4-0.5-5.8 = 3.3 cm

Then Ф = 3.3/6 = 0.55 cm/h and by calculating the rainfall excesses


then total rainfall excesses= 5.8 = total runoff

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