The SALTMED mathematical model predicts soil moisture, yield and total dry biomass of crops in salty soils. The model brings together data on water, crop, soil and field management in salinity-prone areas to provide management guidelines for farmers.
The SALTMED model grew out of the EU-commissioned project, SALTMED (1998-2002), which aimed to increase productivity and sustainability of irrigated vegetables in salty soils. In order to include all the necessary variables, they designed the SALTMED mathematical model.
This research was conducted jointly by:
- Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
- The Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands, Syria, and
- Menoufiya University, Egypt.
The SALTMED model can be downloaded in zip file format (on UKCEH Google Drive, no password or Gmail account required: very large file 398MB) Please copy the Zip file to a folder on your PC, unzip the file using Winzip or similar software, then run the setup file.
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There is also a paper that describes the SALTMED model in detail and gives a number of examples. This paper can serve as a user’s guide as there is no published user guide.
Download original published paper
For further details please contact Dr R Ragab