The Comparison of SEBAL Algorithm with SWAP Model and Computational Method to Determine Evapotranspiration

Document Type : Research Paper



     Accurate quantification of ET in irrigated agricultural lands is crucial for planning for water allocation, optimizing crop production irrigation management, evaluating the effects of changing land use on water yields. For this purpose in the research, evapotranspiration calculated by three kind of different methods remote sensing, agro-hydrological model and computational method for maize field located in Neyshabour plain. Methods of evapotranspiration determination consist of Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land (SEBAL) algorithm and Modis product satellite in the long of during growth, SWAP agro-hydrological and computational methods of FAO Penman-Monteith and Hargreaves-Samani and FAO Blany Criddle. Correlation coefficient 0.67 to 0.91 between SEBAL algorithm with SWAP model and computational method showed high potential for SEBAL algorithms in the evapotranspiration estimation. In between methods for potential evapotranspiration determination, FAO Blany Criddle method has better result in comparison with Penman-Monteith and Hargreaves-Samani methods. Also, this study found that the SEBAL algorithm could be used to determine evapotranspiration in areas with shortages of data and for evaluation of computational methods and hydrological models.


Volume 39, Issue 3
October 2016
Pages 39-49
  • Receive Date: 06 December 2014
  • Revise Date: 24 October 2016
  • Accept Date: 26 May 2015
  • Publish Date: 22 October 2016