Articles | Volume 26, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 71–89, 2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 71–89, 2022
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06 Jan 2022
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Improved representation of agricultural land use and crop management for large-scale hydrological impact simulation in Africa using SWAT+

Albert Nkwasa et al.

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We present an approach on how to incorporate crop phenology in a regional hydrological model using decision tables and global datasets of rainfed and irrigated cropland with the associated cropping calendar and management practices. Results indicate improved temporal patterns of leaf area index (LAI) and evapotranspiration (ET) simulations in comparison with remote sensing data. In addition, the improvement of the cropping season also helps to improve soil erosion estimates in cultivated areas.