University of Hertfordshire

Soil water uptake from SRC willow simulated using the process-based model LUCASS.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAspects of Applied Biology
Subtitle of host publicationBiomass and energy crops V
Place of PublicationWellesbourne, UK
PublisherAssociation of Applied Biologists
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAspects of Applied Biology
PublisherAssociation of Applied Biologists
ISSN (Print)0265-1491


LUCASS is a process-based crop growth model for short rotation coppice (SRC) willow calibrated in two locations with and without water stress. The hydrological model was based on the ISBA approach and simulated soil water content (SWC) in the root zone. Simulated and observed SWC at Rothamsted Research were used to validate the soil water uptake for four willow genotypes used in a field trial established in 2009. A re-calibration of the capacitance probe was needed in June 2013 to adjust the extreme SWC values in the beginning of the seasons. LUCASS accurately simulated the water dynamics for all the genotypes and was able to distinguish the difference in water uptake between narrow- and broad-leaved varieties.

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