• Alessandro Comegna |
  • Antonio Coppola
  • Gerardo Severino
  • Angelo Sommello


This study documents and compares the transport of a conservative solute in near saturated soil profiles under flood and sprinkler irrigation. The experiments were carried out on a clay Vertic-Usthortens soil located near Potenza (Italy). Two 2x2 m2 plots were clipped of their native grass vegetation. After spraying on the surface a Cl- pulse as KCl salt; water was applied in five increments over two months as flood irrigation on the first plot and as sprinkler irrigation on the second one. Chloride resident concentration Cr, was sampled by soil coring at four different days after chemical application. Cr(z,t) profiles were analyzed by spatial moment method. The recovered mass of Cl- and location of center of mass were comparable for the two types of irrigation. The spread around the center of mass, however, was higher for the flood-irrigated plot. In the flood-irrigated plot, more mass leached below the depth of 90 cm. The velocity of the center of mass was consistently 10-20% larger than the piston displacement velocity. To evaluate the nature of transport, the Cr(z,t) distributions were modelled using quasi-steady solution of convection-dispersion equation(CDE). At the scale of our experiments the profiles of Cl- resident concentration are well-simulated.


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Solute transport, convection-dispersion model, irrigation methods.
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Comegna, A., Coppola, A., Severino, G., & Sommello, A. (2007). TRANSPORT OF SOLUTES IN THE FIELD AS AFFECTED BY IRRIGATION. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 38(3), 17-22.