GEP  Vol.4 No.7 , July 2016
Regional Calibration of Hargreaves Equation in the Xiliaohe Basin

This paper investigates calibration of Hargreaves equation in Xiliaohe Basin. Twelve meteorologicalgauges located within Xiliaohe Basin in Northeast China were monitored during 1970 and 2014 providing continuous records of meteorological data. Taking daily ET0 calculated by Penman-Montieth equation as the benchmark, the error of Hargreaves equation for computing ET0 was evaluated and the investigation on regional calibration of Hargreaves equation was carried out. Results showed there was an obvious difference between the calculating results of Hargreaves and Penman-Monteith equation. The estimation of the former was obviously higher during June and September while lower during the rest time in a year. The three empirical parameters of the Hargreaves equation were calibrated using the SCE-UA (Shuffled Complex Evolution) method, and the calibrated Hargreaves equation showed an obvious promotion in the accuracy both during the calibration and verification period.

Cite this paper: Wang, L. , Hu, Q. , Wang, Y. , Liu, Y. , Li, L. and Cui, T. (2016) Regional Calibration of Hargreaves Equation in the Xiliaohe Basin. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 4, 28-36. doi: 10.4236/gep.2016.47004.

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