Soil-hydrological responses to rainfall variation in a subtropical Australian landscape

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Kodur, S., Robinson, J. B., Foley, J. L. and Silburn, D. M.. 2015. "Soil-hydrological responses to rainfall variation in a subtropical Australian landscape." Irrigation and Drainage. 64 (5), pp. 694-702. https://doi.org/10.1002/ird.1946
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Soil-hydrological responses to rainfall variation in a subtropical Australian landscape

ERA Journal ID4213
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKodur, S. (Author), Robinson, J. B. (Author), Foley, J. L. (Author) and Silburn, D. M. (Author)
Journal TitleIrrigation and Drainage
Journal Citation64 (5), pp. 694-702
Number of Pages9
Year2015
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0971-7412
1531-0353
1531-0361
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/ird.1946
Web Address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ird.1946/abstract
Abstract

Reliable water supply for farming is a global concern, including the Lockyer Valley region, Australia. Knowledge of rainfall variation and resulting irrigation demand and deep drainage can improve crop water use and minimize salinity. Therefore, we modelled irrigation demand and deep drainage for different land-use types of the Lockyer Valley and classified them according to rainfall. During the periods of extremely low rainfall (mean = 468 mm yr-1), deep drainage fell by 35–239 mm yr-1, whereas irrigation demand rose by 160–310 mm yr-1, relative to extremely high rainfall (1138 mm yr-1). With all land-use types, deep drainage rose with water input, but it was consistent in the order (mean, mm yr-1): lucerne (8–11), native grass (13), sorghum–wheat sequence (37–64), bare fallow (169) and sweetcorn–broccoli–bean sequence (225). Decadal trends in irrigation demand and deep drainage signalled a raising future irrigation demand; and in turn potential deep drainage risks if irrigation is not managed wisely. These findings will have broader implications for crop and environment management under rainfall variation.

Keywordsclimate; drainage; irrigation; modelling; water balance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400513. Water resources engineering
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland
Department of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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