Evaluation of a static water balance model in cropped and grazed systems of temperate Australia

Melland, Alice R. and Vigiak, Olga and Roberts, Anna M. and Rattray, Dan and Whitford, Jane (2010) Evaluation of a static water balance model in cropped and grazed systems of temperate Australia. Environmental Modelling and Software, 25 (12). pp. 1682-1691. ISSN 1364-8152


Several water balance models have been developed for Australian conditions, however few of them were developed for the mixed cropping and grazing systems that are typical of temperate south-east Australia. HowLeaky? is a 1-dimensional water balance model that allows simulation of both cropped and grazed systems. This study tested the accuracy of HowLeaky? simulations of soil moisture content and surplus water (runoff plus deep drainage) for mixed farming systems in south-east Australia. Two datasets from the state of Victoria were used to validate model simulations: 1) Rutherglen, consisting of four years soil moisture observations and deep drainage estimates from seven treatments of crop rotations and annual pasture; 2) Vasey, consisting of three years soil moisture and runoff observations and deep drainage estimates from a perennial pasture. A static plant growth option was applied to simulate seasonal crop and pasture covers. Despite the static approach not accounting for inter-annual variation in crop development, HowLeaky? captured observed soil moisture trends, with the Nash Sutcliffe efficiency ranging from fair (0.34) in continuous crop, moderate (0.64–0.68) in annual and perennial pasture, to very good (>0.70) for continuous lucerne and lucerne-crop rotations. Annual water surplus was generally underestimated in this uncalibrated application of the model suggesting a need for some degree of model calibration for highly uncertain and influential parameters such as field capacity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 23:34
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 04:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: HowLeaky?; PERFECT; soil water content; drainage; pasture; lucerne; crop
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070305 Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2010.05.006
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20696

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