An Instrument for measuring Evaporation from Natural Surfaces

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THE need has long existed for a direct method of measuring evaporation from natural surfaces for application in a wide range of problems connected with agricultural science, hydrological engineering and the like. The only method hitherto generally available has been that of isolating and weighing a portion of the evaporating body—a procedure which is cumbersome and often seriously interferes with the process it purports to measure. Reliance has therefore often been placed on formulæ, usually of doubtful validity, relating evaporation with other meteorological variables.

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TAYLOR, R., DYER, A. An Instrument for measuring Evaporation from Natural Surfaces. Nature 181, 408–409 (1958) doi:10.1038/181408a0

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