An estimate of the potential in Utah for evaporation suppression by the monolayer film method is presented. The model estimates evaporation suppression as a function of wind speed, a four parameter exposure factor, and reservoir size. The estimated suppression factors vary from 0 to 30 percent and average 11 percent of the statewide total annual evaporation. Estimates of May to October evaporation and suppression potential are calculated for each of the 227 impoundments in the surface water inventory. A forthcoming report in this series will examine the potential for evaporation suppression by thermal destratification. This procedure, which is already being used for water quality improvement, appears to have greater potential than the monolayer concept for suppre sion on deep reservoirs.
Hughes, Trevor C.; Richardson, E. Arlo; and Franckiewicz, James A., "Water Salvage Potentials in Utah, Volume I. Open Water Evaporation and Monolayer Suppression Potential" (1974). Reports. Paper 388.