Egwuonwu et al
Greener Journal of Physical Sciences Vol. 2 (3), pp. 064-069, September, 2012.
ISSN: 2276-7851 © 2011 Greener Journals.
Manuscript Number: 08011228
A Comparison of the Reliability of Six Evapo-transpiration Computing Models for Abeokuta in South Western Nigeria
*Egwuonwu C.C., Okafor V.C., Ezeanya N.C.,
Nzediegwu C. and Okorafor O.O.
Department of Agricultural Engineering Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: nnamdichuks2002@ yahoo. com
The Penman modified, Priestly Taylor, Blaney Morin Nigeria, Jensen-Haise, Hargreaves-Samani: and Thornthwaite methods were used to estimate Reference Evapotranspiration (RET) in Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria. The Penman modified method was selected as the standard of comparison for evaluating the other five methods. Good correlation was found between the RET values estimated by each of the five radiation and temperature base and the Penman modified method, although there were some differences.
The methods that performed best in estimating Penman modified RET values at the station were recommended based on the statistical analysis. The reliability of the radiation methods was evaluated when data from Ijebu-Ode station was used to evaluate RET for Abeokuta Station. The Penman modified estimates were used to develop correction factors for their potential use in the temperature-based Thomthwaite and Hargreaves-Samani methods.
Keywords: Comparison, reliability, evapotranspiration, computing models, Abeokuta, South-western Nigeria.