Water balance model for small-scale water harvesting systems

I. Sanchez-Cohen, V. L. Lopes, D. C. Slack, M. M. Fogel

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This paper describes a simple, few-parameters simulation model for a water harvesting-strip farming system. The model includes runoff threshold functions for different soil types, and for different initial soil water contents. The evapotranspiration component of the model accounts for dynamic root water extraction using regression equations that correlate canopy cover with root growth as a function of time. The model is simple to operate and uses readily available inputs. It can work with several crops when leaf area indices and crop stage coefficients are provided. The agreement between simulation outputs and field-observed data indicates that the model accurately describes the water balance within the system. The model is then recommended for obtaining preliminary design of water harvesting systems. A FORTRAN77 source code has been written for the simulation procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-127
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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