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Modeling 3D Spatially Distributed Water Fluxes in an Andisol under Banana Plants

Abstract : Subsurface environments are often highly heterogeneous and infiltration water is often distributed unevenly due to aboveground interception and redistribution of rainfall by the plant canopy. These phenomena significantly affect groundwater recharge and nutrient leaching. Field experiments involving subsurface lysimeters and tensiometers were performed to quantify the spatial distribution of fluxes in an Andisol under a banana plant. Wick lysimeters were installed at a depth of 70 cm at several locations with respect to the banana stem to measure the spatial distribution of subsurface water fluxes. Collected experimental data were simulated using the 3D HYDRUS software package. Spatially distributed drainage fluxes were well reproduced with the numerical model. Due to the impact of stemflow, drainage volumes under the banana stem were up to six times higher than in the row downstream from the stem, as well as between rows, as these areas were sheltered from direct rainfall by the banana leaves and received only throughfall.
Keywords : 3D HYDRUS
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Julie Sansoulet, Yves-Marie Cabidoche, Philippe Cattan, Stéphane Ruy, J. Simunek. Modeling 3D Spatially Distributed Water Fluxes in an Andisol under Banana Plants. 13. World Water Congress, International Water Resources Association (IWRA). ZAF., 2008, Montpellier, France. ⟨hal-02758430⟩

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