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Due to strong interactions between the land and atmosphere and the resulting feedbacks as altered by the anthropogenic changes, it is critical to quantify the surface fluxes and boundary layer properties that has direct implications on the regional evolution of hydrometeorology. This study evaluates the impact of irrigation using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) numerical weather prediction (NWP) model in the Snake River Basin in Idaho. Our simulation extends for the period in the growing season and compares the control and irrigation runs to assess the irrigation induced cooling on the surface energy balance. Understanding this near surface cooling is directly useful for sustainable water management under changing climate conditions in the future. We present simulated latent and sensible heat fluxes as well as air temperature, relative humidity and the depth of the planetary boundary layer (PBL) over the region.

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This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries, published by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1061/9780784412312.081