|A DESCRIPTION OF RAINFALL INTERCEPTION OVER LARGE AREAS
|Year of Publication
|Eltahir, E. A. B. & Bras, R. L.
|Journal of Climate
file:///C:/Users/dms31/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/199320Eltahir20Bras20rainfall20intercept20JClimate%20(1).pdfA new scheme is developed for describing interception at spatial scales comparable to the typical resolution of climate models. The scheme is based on the Rutter model of interception and statistical description of the subgrid-scale spatial variability of canopy storage and rainfall. The interception loss simulated by the new scheme is significantly smaller than those simulated by other schemes that do not include considerations for spatial variability. The explanation of this result is partly in the enhancement of spatially averaged canopy drainage due to the large local drainage from the few buckets of large canopy storage. The relative reduction in interception loss simulated by the new scheme may explain the overestimation of interception loss by climate models that do not include the effects of spatial variability on interception processes.