Vimal and Singh (2022) Horton's Lake Evaporation Formula

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Solomon Vimal and Vijay P. Singh, 2022 Rediscovering Robert E. Horton's lake evaporation formulae: new directions for evaporation physics, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 445–467,


Evaporation from open water is a well-studied problem in hydrology. Robert E. Horton, unknown to most investigators on the subject, studied it in great detail by conducting experiments and relating them to physical laws. His work furthered known theories of lake evaporation but was not recognized. This is unfortunate because it performs better than five variously complex methods across scales (local to continental; 30 min–2 months) and seems quite relevant for climate-change-era problems.



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