Soilpsi: A potential-driven three-dimensional soil water redistribution model - Description and comparative evaluation

G. W. Theseira, G. E. Host, J. G. Isebrands, F. D. Whisler

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Abstract

ECOPHYS, an individual-based process model for poplar, requires a three-dimensional soil water redistribution model to simulate soil water dynamics, plant uptake, and root growth. SOILPSI is a potential-driven water redistribution model based on the RHIZOS rhizosphere simulator. It expands on RHIZOS by calculating water flux based on water potential, and has a macropore flow mode to allow rapid drainage of the soil. SOILPSI simulates water flux in three dimensions and accounts for slope. SOILPSI was evaluated by comparing model output to soil moisture data collected under bare soil conditions. AMMI analysis of a date x depth matrix of differences between simulated and observed soil moisture content showed that excluding the two shallowest soil layers resulted in a difference matrix that conformed to an additive model. The grand mean predicted values were within 2% of the observed values, and 50 of 56 predicted values were within 5% of the observed values. Better agreements between simulated and observed soil moisture content were observed deeper in the soil profile and later in the season. Agreement between SOILPSI and field conditions was consistently more accurate than RHIZOS. Improving simulation of evaporative flux at the soil surface would improve simulation accuracy in the upper horizons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 25 2003

Keywords

  • ECOPHYS
  • Rhizosphere model
  • Root model
  • Soil model
  • Water flow
  • Water redistribution

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