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Drip versus surface irrigation in long term environmental modelling of soil-water-plant exposed to saline water
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630). (Ekosystemteknik)
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630). (Ekosystemteknik)
2012 (English)In: Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage IV: Management, Technologies and Policies, WIT Press, 2012, 87-99 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A physically based soil-water storage model with two surface and drip irrigation scenarios in response to saline water was used in the semi-arid Gordonia district in South Africa. The model (CoupModel) consists of several different modules that couples mass and energy flow models with dynamic biotic models of plant and its environment. The simulation period accounted for non-productive water losses, salt accumulation in root zone, and salt transport to below aquifer via deep percolation. The monitoring of biomass production with respect to water consumption and soil osmotic pressure indicted a decline in crop yield due to the water and salt stresses. The drip scenario had a better functionality in terms of the water wastage as the soil evaporation decreased by 40%. However, the productive water consumption decreased by 20% due to insufficient leaching fraction while salt accumulation increased drastically in the entire root zone. We found that salt could be flushed out from the root zone by more leaching but the water wastage increases as well as increasing the possibility of salinization beneath aquifer. The soil-water and plant ecosystem responds differently to salinity in different water management practices. Salt as a source of pollution can either stabilizes the soil by accumulation in the root zone causing anthropogenic soil desertification or can percolate it to beneath the aquifer resulting to long-term salinization. The findings of our study could sever to improve different management schemes in similar semi-arid regions.

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WIT Press, 2012. 87-99 p.
, WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, ISSN 1743-3541 ; 168
Keyword [en]
Chloride balance, Coupmodel, Drip and surface irrigation, Soil evaporation, Soil-water-plant modelling, Transpiration, Water balance
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Other Environmental Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-116650DOI: 10.2495/SI120081ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84871216036ISBN: 978-184564648-6OAI: diva2:600038
4th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies And Policies, SI 2012, 11 December 2012 through 13 December 2012, Adelaide

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