A Climatic Index


IT is generally recognized that one of the most satisfactory single-value climatic indices in estimating the efficiency of rainfall for the purposes of agriculture and plant ecology is the Transeau ratio of precipitation to evaporation from a free water surface1, or the Meyer ratio of precipitation to atmospheric saturation deficit2.

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    Transeau, E. N., Amer. Nat., 39, 875 (1905).

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    Meyer, A., Chem. d. Erde, 209 (1926).

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    Prescott, J. A., Aust. Coun. Sci. Ind. Res. Bull., 177 (1944).

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    Crowther, E. M., Proc. Roy. Soc., B, 107, 1 (1930).

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PRESCOTT, J. A Climatic Index. Nature 157, 555 (1946) doi:10.1038/157555c0

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