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Thermal modeling of flow in the San Diego Aqueduct, California, and its relation to evaporation

January 1, 1980

The thermal balance of the 26-kilometer long concrete-lined San Diego Aqueduct, a canal in southern California, was studied to determine the coefficients in a Dalton type evaporation formula. Meteorologic and hydraulic variables, as well as water temperature, were monitored continuously for a 1-year period. A thermal model was calibrated by use of data obtained during a 28-day period to determine the coefficients which best described the thermal balance of the canal. The coefficients applicable to the San Diego Aqueduct are similar to those commonly obtained from lake evaporation studies except that a greater evaporation at low windspeeds is indicated. The model was verified by use of data obtained during 113 days which did not include the calibration data. These data verified that the derived wind function realistically represents the canal evaporation. An annual evaporation of 2.08 meters was computed which is about 91 percent of the amount of water evaporated annually from nearby class A evaporation pans. (Kosco-USGS)

Publication Year 1980
Title Thermal modeling of flow in the San Diego Aqueduct, California, and its relation to evaporation
DOI 10.3133/pp1122
Authors Harvey E. Jobson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Professional Paper
Series Number 1122
Index ID pp1122
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse