Field test of a modified numerical model for water uptake by root systems

R. A. Feddes, E. Bresler, S. P. Neuman

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Data obtained from careful water balance studies on water uptake by the roots of red cabbage are compared with results obtained from a modified numerical model of Nimah and Hanks. In the modified model the air dry moisture content at the soil surface may vary with time depending on meteorological conditions. The maximum possible rate of evapotranspiration is calculated by considering both meteorological conditions and crop properties. Data are quoted to suggest that the coefficient of the root sink may sometimes vary exponentially with depth. A period of 7 weeks was simulated, and the calculated weekly moisture profiles did not agree completely with those measured in the field. On the other hand, the calculated cumulative rates of evaporation and transpiration were in excellent agreement with the field data. When the original model was used without the suggested modifications, the agreement of these rates with the field data was not as good, an indication that some of these modifications actually improve the predictive capabilities of the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1206
Number of pages8
JournalWater Resources Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1974
Externally publishedYes

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  • Water Science and Technology


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