Pedicularis groenlandica

Wetlands and landscapes

Data science, water, isotopes, and ecosystems


Jason Mercer

2 minutes read

This morning I was listening to a podcast from Marketplace from a couple of days ago and heard an interesting piece on using machine learning to identify where lead pipes might be located in the beleaguered Flint, MI. Alexis Madrigal provided a follow-up in the Atlantic to a proceeding paper in which the original authors described a technique for identifying, with 80 % accuracy, lead pipe locations in Flint using different “machine learning” techniques – specifically, a form of…

Penman-Monteith and Priestley-Taylor Evaporation

Operationalizing the Penman-Monteith and Priestley-Taylor ET models

Jason Mercer

7 minutes read

This document synthesizes the information required to determine evapotranspiration (ET) using both the FAO’s version of the Penman-Monteith (PM) equation (Allen et al. 1998), as well as the Priestley-Taylor (PT) equation. An online version of the FAO report is available here.

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I am a PhD candidate at the University of Wyoming, studying mountain wetlandscapes.