Programme OS5b Governing water
ON THE NECESSITY OF RECONSIDERATION OF THE WATER
BALANCE EQUATION COMPONENTS.
Author(s): Iofin K. Zinoviy
Teacher of Hydrology in Vologda State Technical University, Vologda, Russia.
Investigates the problems of water
resources, water balance and statistical methods of hydrology for 35 years already. Works on the submitte
Keyword(s): water balance equation, water balance equation error,
evaporation, runoff, inriltration,absorbation, Global Water Balance, Water Resources, new linear and correlative
model of the water balan
Session: OS5b Governing water
topic: Regional sector
Abstract ON THE NECESSITY OF RECONSIDERATION OF THE WATER BALANCE
Vologda State Technical University,
The structure of the water balance equation that is used for a long time in which precipitation is spent on
evaporation, runoff and closure error is, in our opinion, imperfect. Such a kind of the equation doesn't give even an
opportunity to determine the infiltration precipitation losses, not to mention such water balance elements as
absorption, runoff and precipitation at different stages of water formation and runoff. That supposes essential errors
at determining of any of the equation components. It is quite clear that the already traditional infiltration value
determination on the basis of the long-term observations over the underground waters level, is used only at the
experimental river basins. The mass usage of the traditional infiltration determination method is quite ineffective and
In the year 1974 in the framework of the International hydrological decade State Hydrology
Institute (St. Petersburg) published the monograph "Global Water Balance and Water Resources of the Earth".
Unfortunately, the water balance equation used in this monograph, also consisted of the same components, that is,
precipitation, runoff and evaporation. Since there are underground water reservoirs and their infiltration supply, the
infiltration as a component of the water balance equation was used in this monograph indirectly in calculations of
evaporation or runoff. It depended on the hydrological study of the region and availability of the survey data. In case
there were data on precipitations and evaporation and absence of the runoff survey, then the water balance
infiltration equation was indirectly included into the runoff, accordingly increasing it. This means that the water
resources calculations were made with a certain error. If on the contrary the investigators had survey data on the
runoff and precipitations, then the evaporation was increased by the infiltration value. In any case the water balance
is distorted and this means that the mentioned monograph content requires certain corrections.
We suggest a new
linear and correlative model of the water balance equation that could serve the base for reconsideration of the water
balance components equation introduced in the earlier mentioned monograph. Our model lets us on the basis of the
survey data on precipitations and river runoff define analytically not only the infiltration value but that of the
evapotranspiration and evaporation from the water surface, absorption, runoff losses at the drop of each flood,
precipitations losses at the surface slowing up at the water basin.
The Linear and correlative equation model is
checked on materials of the survey data of the rivers of Cuba and Russia and shows a good correlation of the
calculated and real water balance equation components.