International Journal of Physics and Research (IJPR) ISSN 22500030 Vol.2, Issue 2 Dec 2012 18 © TJPRC Pvt. Ltd.,
ANALYSING THE IMPACT OF SOIL PARAMETERS ON THE SENSIBLE HEAT FLUX USING SIMULATED TEMPERATURE CURVE MODEL
UNO E. UNO & MOSES E. EMETERE Department of Physics, Federal University of Technology of Minna, Nigeria
ABSTRACT
Researchers have shown that sensible heat flux play important role in agriculture, health and environment. Temperature deviation curve model was used to investigate the impact of soil parameters on the sensible heat flux. The fractional relationship between the sensible heat flux and soil heat flux were worked out. The results showed that the original equation of Sellers et al.,(1996) need to be properly reviewed to enable an holistic calculation of the earth’s net radiation.
KEYWORDS: Sensible Heat Flux, Soil Heat Flux, Soil Damp Depth, Soil Density Ratio And Earth’s Net Radiation
INTRODUCTION
The importance of sensible heat flux cannot be overemphasized. It can be used to model evaporation within various region of the world. Sensible heat flux is the rate of heat loss to the air by convection and conduction, due to a temperature difference. Albertson et al.,(1995) worked on the use of atmospheric similarity theory to analyze the impact of air temperature on the sensible heat flux. They concluded that the air temperature provides a better a parameter for measuring sensible heat flux than wind speed or evaporation as researched by Guymon et al.,(1990). This sensible heat flux was proven to be the same as the soil heat flux on a wellwatered and fullvegetationcovered surface (Kustas et al., 1990; Cheng et al., 2009). In the contrary, Angelina et al.(2008) and Sellers et al.,(1996) gave a mathematical equation showing the net radiation energy and its component sensible heat flux, latent heat flux and soil heat flux. They proved that soil heat flux is negligible because it contributes less than 15% of the net radiation energy. Other researcher (Idso et al., 1975) reported that the soil heat flux contributes up to 50% of the net radiation. The (Pan et al., 1987).
The temperature curve model has been used in different aspect of soil science i.e. to determine the susceptibility of Abuja metropolis to soil compaction (Uno et al., 2012a); determine the annual amplitude of the surface soil temperatures of the same region (Uno et al., 2012a); estimate soil heat flux from both short and longterm remotely sensed surface temperature (Uno et al., 2012b); prediction and monitoring earthquakes (Emetere, 2012). In this paper, the importance of temperature deviation curve was discussed with respect to sensible heat flux to primarily determine the impact of soil properties on sensible flux density. Furthermore, this paper (upon further research) may be used to discuss atmospheric heat dynamics and the health hazards from atmospheric radiations.
BACKGROUND THEORY
The temperature deviation curve model introduced by Uno et al.,(2012) is given by sensible heat flux affects the soil water content over a specific region. Likewise, the soil water content controls the soil heat flux and evapotranspiration because the soil heat conductivity and the soil heat capacity are strong functions of soil water content
[1]
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= soil particle density which is a approximately 2.66gcm ^{}^{3} by Gupta et al.,. (2011), = soil bulk density. ∆T=
temperature deviation, A _{0} is the annual amplitude of the surface soil temperature. The soil heat density given by Cheng et al(2009) was given as
[2]
where G(z,t) = instantaneous surface soil heat flux density (W m ^{}^{2} ); T
= the amplitude of the surface temperature
= the soil thermal conductivity (W m ^{}^{1} K ^{}^{1} ); C = the volumetric heat
(°C) wave (Tmax  Tmin)/2, t = time of day (sec);
capacity (J m ^{}^{3} K ^{}^{1} ) ω = frequency, D=thermal diffusivity, Z = soil depth, d is the damping depth (m) of annual fluctuation
and t _{0} is the time lag . Uno et al(2012) have proven that
Unlike the net radiation energy, Idso et al.,(1975), we assumed that the latent heat flux was negligible which led to the following equations (i.e equation 37) When the soil heat flux is 10%, the sensible heat flux is

[3] 
When the soil heat flux is 20%, the sensible heat flux is 


[4] 
When the soil heat flux is 30%, the sensible heat flux is 


[5] 
When the soil heat flux is 40%, the sensible heat flux is 


[6] 
When the soil heat flux is 50%, the sensible heat flux is 


[7] 
The METRIC, developed by Allen et al.,(2002) gave the relationship between sensible heat flux and the temperature difference as
[8]
Where
is the sensible heat flux density,
is air density,
is air specific heat, dT (K) is the temperature
difference (T _{1} – T _{2} ) between two heights (z _{1} and z _{2} ), and r _{a}_{h} is the aerodynamic resistance to heat transport (s/m) between
z _{1} and z _{2} . On the assumption that
, therefore, equation [2] develops into
[9]
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Gs
Gs
SIMULATION OF DERIVATIONS
sensible heat flux when the soil heat flux is 10% of the net radiation at depth 20cm
sensible heat flux when the soil heat flux is 10% of the net radiation at depth 60cm
Figure 1: The Sensible Heat Flux When the Soil Heat Flux Density is 10% of the Net Radiation at Different Depth as Shown in the Figure Above
The simulations led to the following equation
where
Adopting the equations of Albertson et al(1995) on relation between the angular frequency, thermal diffusivity and damping depth
and
Equation(10) was derived
the heat dispersion time and damp depthderivation of eqn[10]
[10]
Figure 2: Analysis of the Time and Damping Depth Under a Constant β
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Gs
Gs
Figure 3: A Graph of time Lag Against β Gotten from in Figure 1
Figure 4: A Graph of time Lag Against Damping Depth Gotten from in Figure 1
sensible heat flux when the soil heat flux is 20% of the net radiation at depth 10cm
sensible heat flux when the soil heat flux is 20% of the net radiation at depth 40cm
sensible heat flux when the soil heat flux is 20% of the net radiation at depth 20cm
sensible heat flux when the soil heat flux is 20% of the net radiation at depth 60cm
Figure 5: The Sensible Heat Flux When the Soil Heat Flux Density is 10% of the net Radiation at Different Depth as Shown in the Figure Above
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Figure 6: The Effects of Density Ratio on the Sensible Heat Flux
G
Figure 7: The Effects of Annual Amplitude of the Surface Soil Temperatures on the Sensible Heat Flux
RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS
The results of the derivations (equation [3][7]) shows that the increase in the soil heat flux in percentage in the net radiation has an approximate progression on the sensible heat flux which can be mathematically written as
This can be simply written
[11]
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This mathematical equation can be used to estimate the fractional effect of the soil heat flux on the sensible heat flux in any area. The unique feature of equation [3][7] is how it relates the impact of soil properties on sensible heat flux (on the background of fractional equivalent term discuss in equation[11]). Figure 1&5 was intended to investigate the impact of soil properties on the sensible heat flux.
It was discovered that the increase in damping depth or soil depth actually decreases the effect on the sensible heat flux. Uno et al.(2012b) had earlier proved that an increase in the soil depth and density increased the soil heat flux. This results corresponds with researchers (Allen et al., 2007; Olejnik et al.,2001;Uno et al.,2012b) because an increase in the soil heat flux suggest decrease in the sensible heat flux in the net radiation.
More so, the sensible heat flux was maximum at =6 for all conditions progression of soil/damp depth
ratio (see figure 1). It simply translate that provided the principle of conservation of energy is obeyed, the maximum angle (Φ) require for the fractional conversion of soil heat flux to sensible heat flux is 6.The formation of figure1 sparkedup another investigation on the heat dynamics within and at the surface of the earth which was expressed in equation [10] and Figure 2&3.
The flow of heat within and on the surface is dependent on a parabolic factor which may be calculated upon experimental research. The relationship between the time lag and the thermal diffusivity (figure 4) reveals that even at zero time lag, the heat diffusivity is latent (0.38) which means that more mathematical terms ought to be added to Sellers et al.,(1996) equation of net radiation to give accurate account of the heat transformations. Figure5 explains that the soil and damp depth ratio (z/d) has further diminishing effects on the sensible heat flux even when the soil heat flux is increased to 20% of the net radiation.The Equation[9] was originally derived to investigate the effects of annual amplitude of the surface soil temperatures and soil density ratio on the magnitude of the sensible heat flux.
Both parameter showed a Boltzmann distribution (figure 6 & 7) which is interpreted that the sensible heat flux at cold. Also, it revealed that the radiation from the earth (at certain critical condition as shown in figure 6 & 7) may cause serious health hazard when the soil heat flux is about 80% of the net radiation.
CONCLUSIONS
The sensible heat flux related the soil heat flux through the fractional mathematical term. Mathematically, soil parameters had impact on the sensible heat flux which by extension can be used to analyze the effects of global warming on any region of the earth.
The net radiation equation given by Sellers et al.,(1996) need to be properly reviewed to enable an holistic calculation of the earth’s net radiation. Soil parameters should be incorporated to the (theoretical and experimental) methods of determining the sensible heat flux over any region.
APPRECIATIONS
This work is selffunded. I appreciate Mrs. Jennifer Emetere for editing the script. I appreciate the Head of Physics Department of the above named institution
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