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Data for rainfall, ET, and water-level height at gages can be explored, searched, and downloaded using a new online tool called Explore and View EDEN (EVE).
Rainfall and evapotranspiration (ET) are important components of the water cycle, particularly in south Florida. While rain is something most people are familiar with, evapotranspiration is a new term to some, particularly those not living in a hot and humid climate like the Greater Everglades. ET is a term used to describe the sum of evaporation and plant transpiration from Earth's land surface to atmosphere.
Evaporation accounts for the movement of water to the air from sources such as the soil, tree canopy, and water bodies. Transpiration accounts for the movement of water within a plant and the subsequent loss of water as vapor through stomata in its leaves. The Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) provides online access to both rainfall and ET.
ET is particularly important in south Florida because, in some dry years, the amount of ET can actually exceed the amount of rainfall in the system. Because of this, having data for rainfall and ET, in addition to water levels, is necessary for scientists to understand the water cycle and water budget.