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Research Project: Improving Resiliency of Semi-Arid Agroecosystems and Watersheds to Change and Disturbance through Data-Driven Research, AI, and Integrated Models

Location: Water Management and Systems Research

Title: Spatial soil moisture regimes measured over two decades in a dryland field show effects of conversion from wheat-fallow to perennial vegetation

item Green, Timothy
item Erskine, Robert - Rob
item Barnard, David
item Sherrod, Lucretia
item MACDONALD, JACOB - Colorado State University
item Mankin, Kyle

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Soil Science Society of America
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/31/2022
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Technical Abstract: Measured soil moisture dynamics within an agricultural field in Colorado reveal the impacts of land use, weather events, and decadal climate on moisture regimes in space and time. Two decades of hourly soil moisture measured at 18 landscape positions and 4 or more depths, together with a growing network of meteorological data, provide valuable information for small watershed modeling, downscaling of moisture within the field site, evaluation of land-use change (wheat-fallow rotations converted to perennials for the Conservation Reserve Program), and potential ground-truthing of remotely sensed soil moisture products.