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Soil Moisture Deficit as a predictor of the trend in soil water status of grass fields

Kerebel, A., Cassidy, R., Jordan, P. and Holden, N. M. (2013) Soil Moisture Deficit as a predictor of the trend in soil water status of grass fields. Soil Use and Management, 29 (3). pp. 419-431. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sum.12054

DOI: 10.1111/sum.12054


Nutrient loss from agricultural land following organic fertilizer spreading can lead to eutrophication and poor water quality. The risk of pollution is partly related to the soil water status during and after spreading. In response to these issues, a decision support system (DSS) for nutrient management has been developed to predict when soil and weather conditions are suitable for slurry spreading. At the core of the DSS, the Hybrid Soil Moisture Deficit (HSMD) model estimates soil water status relative to field capacity (FC) for three soil classes (well, moderately and poorly drained) and has potential to predict the occurrence of a transport vector when the soil is wetter than FC. Three years of field observation of volumetric water content was used to validate HSMD model predictions of water status and to ensure correct use and interpretation of the drainage classes. Point HSMD model predictions were validated with respect to the temporal and spatial variations in volumetric water content and soil strength properties. It was found that the HSMD model predictions were well related to topsoil water content through time, but a new class intermediate between poor and moderate, perhaps 'imperfectly drained', was needed. With correct allocations of a field into a drainage class, the HSMD model predictions reflect field scale trends in water status and therefore the model is suitable for use at the core of a DSS.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Soil moisture deficit, volumetric water content, soil strength, drainage, decision support system
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Freshwater Sciences
ID Code:26172
Deposited By: Professor Phil Jordan
Deposited On:29 May 2013 17:29
Last Modified:19 Sep 2016 12:46

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