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Title: Spatial variability of Soil Funtional Ability to groundwater recharge related with Land Use in dry Mediterranean agro-forested catchment, southern Portugal
Authors: Sampaio, Elsa
Corte-Real, João
Keywords: Soil variability in space
Groundwater recharge
Land Use
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Publisher: Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Natural Hazards Researh Center,
Citation: SAMPAIO, E. E CORTE-REAL, J. (2014), SPATIAL VARIABILITY OF SOIL FUNTIONAL ABILITY TO GROUNDWATER RECHARGE RELATED WITH LAND USE IN DRY MEDITERRANEAN AGRO-FORESTED CATCHMENT, SOUTHERN PORTUGAL, EcoHCC’14 - Abstracts Book - 3rd International Conference on Ecohydrology, Soil and Climate Change, pp.86, Tomar, Portugal
Abstract: The protection of water resources is important in what concerned with the quality and availability of water. Groundwater recharge is defined as the quantity of freshwater derived from precipitation that infiltrates vertically downward from the land surface to below the root zone. At this point the water may move laterally to discharge in streams or downward to enter an aquifer. Soil Functional Ability to recharge aquifers (SFAgr) and Land use are essential to study the environmental sustainability and agricultural production capability once groundwater is a key component of a healthy watershed. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between spatial continuity of Soil Ability to groundwater recharge and different Land Uses in a dry Mediterranean agro-forested catchment in Alentejo, Portugal. This will be achieved by building a SFAgr, generated with combination of four properties related to water infiltration and percolation into the soil: depth, bulk density, saturated hydraulic conductivity, and drainable porosity. The results showed that the spatial dependency of groundwater recharge was highest for bulk density and drainage porosity and smaller for depth. The spatial distribution of SFAgr in the watershed related to Land uses, indicated that the better situations are where soils have bulk density rounding 1,2 covered by oak more pasture or bulk density rounding 1,0 covered by pasture or annual crops. The worst situation are soils with bulk density greater than 1,5 even with oak trees more pasture.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10174/17883
Type: lecture
Appears in Collections:ICAAM - Comunicações - Em Congressos Científicos Internacionais

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