Interception of rainfall by tarbush

TitleInterception of rainfall by tarbush
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsTromble J.M.
JournalJournal of Range Management
Date PublishedJuly 1, 1983

The objective of this study was to determine the interception by tar bush of artificially applied rainfall. Twelve tarbush shrubs were collected near Las Cruces in southern New Mexico to obtain a representative sample of shrub size classes. Simulated rainfall was applied at the rate of 6 cm/hr for 30 min. Canopy cover of the tarbush community was determined from 10 line intercept transects 30.48 m long. A stepwise regression analysis using the minimum R 2  improvement technique was used to examine the effects of plant parameters on interception. The "best" one variable model was shrub green weight, which accounted for 75% of the variability of the intercepted rainfall. Extrapolating the calculated interception of artificially applied rainfall to the native stand of tarbush with 15.2% canopy cover indicated that 0.5 mm of rainfall would be intercepted from a 30 mm rainfall event. Disregarding rainfall events of less than 3.0 mm, an average of 8.5 mm of rainfall would be intercepted by the tarbush community or 6. 7% of the average rainfall from May through October.