Simulating nitrate concentrations in water draining from a small arable catchment in England

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Tuck, G., Matthews, A. M., Harris, G. L., Dailey, A. G., Armstrong, A. C. and Addiscott, T. M. 2000. Simulating nitrate concentrations in water draining from a small arable catchment in England. Soil Use and Management. 16 (1), pp. 66-70.

AuthorsTuck, G., Matthews, A. M., Harris, G. L., Dailey, A. G., Armstrong, A. C. and Addiscott, T. M.
Abstract

The catchment simulated comprises 57 hectares of heavy clay soil managed as six arable fields. Mole and pipe drains carry surplus water into two ditches, one feeding into the other. Their combined flow was passed through a flume with an automatic water sampler, samples from which were analysed for nitrate. Measurements of nitrate concentration made during periods of water flow from 1990 to 1993 were simulated using a model comprising sub-models for leaching, mineralization, nitrogen uptake by crops and subsoil denitrification. The simulations were plotted against the measurements. For statistical evaluation, the correlation coefficient was used to assess the degree of association between the measurements and the simulations and the mean difference to assess the agreement. The correlation between the simulations and the measurements was significant in two of the three seasons, but the mean difference was significant in all three. However, taking all three seasons together gave a very highly significant correlation and a non-significant mean difference.

KeywordsSoil Science
Year of Publication2000
JournalSoil Use and Management
Journal citation16 (1), pp. 66-70
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Funder project or code223
441
ISSN02660032
PublisherWiley

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