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Record number 506866
Title Evaluation of different approaches to describe the sorption and desorption of phosphorus in soils on experimental data
Author(s) Salm, Caroline van der; Kros, Hans; Vries, Wim de
Source Science of the Total Environment 571 (2016). - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. 292 - 306.
Department(s) Alterra - Sustainable soil management
WUR GTB Gewasgezondheid Bodem en Water
Environmental Systems Analysis Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) (De)sorption - Field experiments - Model performance - Phosphate - Pot experiments - Simulation model

Phosphorus is an essential element to enhance the needed increase in crop production in the forthcoming century. On the other hand environmental losses of phosphorus cause eutrophication of surface waters. Both problems call for reliable models to predict the behaviour of phosphorus in agricultural soils. In this study the performances of five different sorption approaches were evaluated. The ultimate aim was to identify the most suitable concept for large scale predictions of P dynamics in soils, in terms of a high comparability between observations and predictions with a minimum amount of input data. The model results were compared with unique data from long term (10–15 years) experimental field studies of grassland including situations with P mining, equilibrium P fertilization and P surpluses and a pot experiment with P mining. The model performance was evaluated while using site specific constants and generic constants for adsorption and desorption. Three rate limited models (DPPS, INITIATOR and ANIMO) showed good performance when site specific constants were used but the performance of the equilibrium model (NEWS-Dynamic) was reasonably comparable. Model performance was better for experiments with a P surplus than for P mining and was also better for sandy soils as compared to clay and peat soils. However, long term desorption rates had to be calibrated for each application rate. The performance of all models declined when generic data were used. We conclude that none of the included models properly describe what happens when the soil changes its P status, considering that parameterization needs to be treatment-specific to obtain reliable predictions. Considering this flaw, models of intermediate complexity, including both equilibrium and rate limited sorption, and a limited data demand, like DPPS and INITIATOR, seem most suited for regional model application.

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