AuthorSmith, Mark William, 1961-
AdvisorSlater, Philip N.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe role of high infrared (IR) reflectance in the temperature regulation of a single species of cactus, Cereus giganteus (saguaro cactus), was investigated. Two independent methods were used to determine the effect of high near-IR reflectance on C. giganteus stem temperatures. The first method was to measure the surface temperature of two individual plants of comparable size and health, one of which was partially shaded by a canopy of loose sun-screening material. The second method involved the numerical solution on a computer of the energy balance, or heat transfer, equation for C. giganteus. High reflectance at near-IR wavelengths was found to decrease the peak surface temperature reached by C. giganteus by 3.2 to 3.3°C. This figure is valid for the fairly mild environmental conditions encountered in the Sonoran Desert at an altitude of 940 m during late September and early October.
Degree ProgramGraduate College