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FIETZ, Carlos Ricardo; FRIZZONE, José Antonio; FOLEGATTI, Marcos Vinícius and PINTO, José Maria. Probability of ocurrence of reference evapotranspiration in Dourados, MS. Cienc. Rural [online]. 1997, vol.27, n.2, pp. 207-210. ISSN 0103-8478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84781997000200006.
The aim of this work was to study the distribution accumulative probability ocorrence of reference evapotranspiration (ETo) for designing irrigation systems in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul State. The ETo estimated by Penman equation considering climatic parameters of 16 years was accumulated for periods of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 days. The maximum annual values resulted in series that were adjusted to normal, log-normal and beta distribuition. There was a decreasing of daily ETo as the accumulated period increased. The three distributions adjusted to all accumulated periods. Throught the accumulated normal distribution it was generated values of ETo for periods of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12 and 14 years. These values of ETo multiplied by the crop coefficient may be used as the main parameter to design irrigation systems in Dourados region.
Keywords : design irrigation; probability of ocurrence; evapotranspiration.