GIS and Versatile Soil Moisture Budget

Abhijeet Modi/ October 25, 2021/ Blog

Launched by AAFC, the Versatile Soil Moisture Budget is one of the popular concepts of the agricultural industry. The concept focuses on the fact that the water used for crop productivity and growth is gained by the selected method of irrigation as well as precipitation. The same is lost through evapotranspiration and drainage. The researchers add and deduct the water available in the rooting zone depending on the calculation of the water gain and loss.

Basically, the soil moisture budget is used to find the balance between the water runoff and precipitation. This model was launched in the year 1966 to figure out the total soil moisture available on the land using the precipitation and atmosphere data. The versatile soil moisture budget, as you might have guessed from the data above, is most popularly used for water resource management. The model has been widely used in the Canadian farmlands for the simulation of soil moisture conditions.

Although the concept is believed to play a significant role in the management of water and land resources, it isn’t specifically tested for the grasslands yet. There have been quite a few modifications introduced in the versatile soil moisture budget since the current model has proven quite ineffective in the calculation of evaporation and its effect on soil productivity. Now, coming to the critical question, “what role does the GIS (geographic information system) play in the versatile soil moisture budget? That’s what we are about to discuss in the article below. Let’s take a look:

GIS and its Impact on the Versatile Soil Moisture Budget

If you have already embraced the GIS and remote sensing technology, you already know the role of remote-sensing techniques in the collection of soil moisture data. The soil moisture sensors have also become quite common in the GIS industry. They allow you to measure the level of water in the soil to get a better understand of the crop condition.

Not only does it help you check the health of the crops, but the versatile soil moisture budget and soil moisture sensors can help you get an accurate estimate of the crop production at the time of harvest. This data is pretty important for farmers looking for a proper estimation of the crop productivity levels. You must be wondering how this data is used and gathered. Well, the remote sensors are installed in the depths of the land as well as on the satellite to give farmers a clear and better picture of the soil condition and its productivity status.

The goal of the GIS is to collect geographic data, making it easier for the farmers to grow the crops accordingly. It ensures the safe and smooth growth of the crop, providing you with a better and an efficient land management plan. Most importantly, the geographic information system is widely adopted as one of the modern technologies that can help with the versatile soil moisture budget and proper calculation of the water level in the soil.

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