Estimates of Energy Budgets for a Typha (Cattail) Marsh

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Science  29 Jun 1962:
Vol. 136, Issue 3522, pp. 1119-1120
DOI: 10.1126/science.136.3522.1119


Yearly utilization of total solar radiation by a Typha marsh shows approximately equal allotment to reflection (albedo), evapotranspiration, and conduction-convection. Reflection during the growing season is proportionally lower because of greater light absorption by the vegetation. Photosynthesis is a negligible quantity, although in relation to visible radiation during the growing season it nearly equals reflection.