Uddin, Jasim and Smith, Rod and Hancock, Nigel and Foley, Joseph P. (2010) Droplet evaporation losses during sprinkler irrigation: an overview. In: Australian Irrigation Conference and Exibition 2010: One Water Many Futures, 8-11 Jun 2010, Sydney, Australia.
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A detailed understanding regarding the evaporation losses in sprinkler irrigation is important for developing as well as adopting appropriate water conservation strategies. To explain this phenomenon many theoretical and experimental studies have been conducted since the 1950‟s. Notwithstanding all these efforts, the contribution of droplet evaporation to the total evaporation losses during sprinkler irrigation is still a controversial issue in the irrigation community. There is a substantial difference among researchers regarding the magnitudes of the different components of the total evaporation in sprinkler irrigation especially droplet evaporation losses. Field studies reported that the droplet evaporation losses ranged from 2 – 45%, whereas theoretical studies indicated that it is less than 1%. This is due largely to the limitations of the traditional measurement methods. However, it is likely that these limitations can be overcome and accurate measurements obtained using the eddy covariance (ECV) technique.
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