Die Bodenkultur - Journal for Land Management, Food and Environment

V. Šípek and M. Tesař:

Soil moisture simulations using two different modelling approaches


The aim of this study is to examine the appropriateness of two types of models to estimate the soil water dynamics in a small scale forested watershed. The first type is represented by the mesoscale ecohydrological Soil and Water Integrated Model (SWIM), the second by a conceptual box model. The soil moisture has been measured in the Liz experimental basin (0.99 km2), in the Czech Republic, in two subsequent years 2009 and 2010. Both models exhibit satisfactory results within the warmer part of the year. Generally, the SWIM model performs slightly better than the simpler Laio box model.

Key words: Soil moisture modelling, SWIM model, box modelling approach.