This text is based on the chapter on interception in the monograph on evaporation by Schrödter (1985)
Interception is the rainfall intercepted by leaves and vegetation:
with = precipitation, = throughfall, = stem flow and = interception.
The interception reduces precipitation to the effective precipitation and represents the difference between precipitation and effective precipitation.
There are several formulae for calculating interception. The formula of Hoyningen-Huene (1980, 1983) is based on precipitation and leaf-area-index:
From the above formula the precipitation can be estimated at which the interception store is fully saturated:
where is a threshold precipitation.
We can also estimate the potential interception with:
As a rule of thumb and for rough estimates, the interception ranges from 8 % to 20% for humid regions and crops and can reach up to 30 % for dence vegetation.
Fix Python program
from pylab import * def interception(No, LAI): icm = 0.935+0.498*LAI-0.00575*LAI*LAI ic = -0.42+(0.245*No)+(0.2*LAI)+(0.0271*No*LAI)-(0.0111*No*No)-(0.0109*LAI*LAI) return ic LAI = 3.0 No = arange(0.0, 25.0, 1.0) plot(No, interception(No,LAI)) xtext = xlabel('precipitation (mm/d)') ytext = ylabel('Interception (mm)') setp(xtext, size='medium', name='courier', weight='bold', color='g') setp(ytext, size='medium', name='helvetica', weight='light', color='b') show()