Application of soil moisture model to Marula (Sclerocarya birrea): millet (Pennisetum glaucum) agroforestry system in Burkina Faso

Natalie Ceperley, Alexandre Repetti, Marc Parlange

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A simple soil moisture model is developped to asses the effect of Sclero carya birrea agroforestry trees on neighboring Pennisetum glaucum plantations. Data for this model was collected using an innovative new system of small meteorological stations utilizing a wireless sensor network to transmit data in real-time to a central server. This research took place in a subcatchment of the Singou River basin near the commune of Madjoari in South Eastern Burkina Faso. Rainfall, interception, runoff, leakage, and evapotranspiration are balanced to produce values of relative soil moisture under the canopy of the agroforesty tree and in the crop system. Model successfully estimated soil moisture through the peak of the rainy season, however later in season unexplained drainage was observed. Storage was found to be heigher under the agroforesty tree.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnologies and Innovations for Development
Subtitle of host publicationScientific Cooperation for a Sustainable Future
EditorsJean-Claude Bolay, Magali Schmid, Gabriela Tejada, Eileen Hazboun
Place of PublicationParis France
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9782817802688
ISBN (Print)9782817802671
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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