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Winter Wheat Evapotranspiration Estimation under Drought Stress during Several Growth Stages in Huaibei Plain, China

Stage Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
Key Laboratory of Water Conservancy and Water Resources of Anhui Province, Water Resources Research Institute of Anhui Province and Huaihe River Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, Hefei 230088, China
School of Civil Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
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Water 2018, 10(9), 1208;
Received: 3 July 2018 / Revised: 6 August 2018 / Accepted: 22 August 2018 / Published: 7 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Hydrology)
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Estimating crop evapotranspiration under drought stress provides the theoretical foundation for optimizing irrigation schedule and reducing agricultural drought risk. Winter wheat water deficit plot experiments were conducted based on large-scale weighing lysimeters in the Huaibei Plain. The response of evapotranspiration to water deficit during several growth stages was analyzed; four crop coefficients were optimized and then evapotranspiration under drought stress was estimated with the dual crop coefficient method and the genetic algorithm. Drought stress not only reduced evapotranspiration during the current stage, but this influence was also transferred to the following periods. Evapotranspiration could basically return to the normal status after rewatering if the plant did not previously suffer from serious drought stress. Therefore, severe water deficit during continuous wheat growth periods should be avoided, and the deficit intensity during each stage should be controlled. The optimized Kcb ini, Kcb mid, Kcb end and Kc max were 0.32, 1.38, 0.33 and 1.39, and the root mean square error, mean absolute error, and mean relative error of the corresponding estimated evapotranspiration under drought stress were 22.83%, 25.36%, and 11.78% less than those using recommended coefficients, respectively. These optimized crop coefficients provide references for the practical application in the Huaibei Plain, this method for estimating crop evapotranspiration under drought stress can be applied to field circumstances and other regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: evapotranspiration; drought; dual crop coefficient; genetic algorithm; winter wheat evapotranspiration; drought; dual crop coefficient; genetic algorithm; winter wheat

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Cui, Y.; Jiang, S.; Feng, P.; Jin, J.; Yuan, H. Winter Wheat Evapotranspiration Estimation under Drought Stress during Several Growth Stages in Huaibei Plain, China. Water 2018, 10, 1208.

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