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IWRA 2021 Online Conference One Water, One Health
Theme 2: How can managing water in agriculture contribute to food security and public health?
Author(s): OtilijaMISECKAITE

VytautasMagnus University Agriculture Academy, Lithuania

Keyword(s): climate change, subsurface drainage, water resources, environmental


Climate change adversely affects the determinants of agriculture. Rainfall is a significant factor on pesticide leaching; pesticide leaching generally increases with increasing annual precipitation. Leaching is vertical downward displacement of substances through the soil profile and the unsaturated zone, finally reaching groundwater. The hydrological regime of subsurface drainage runoff has been changed due to climate change. Subsurface drainage is active also during the nonvegetation period, due to increase of temperature in cold seasons. Drainage runoff quantity increases during the cold season, as a result of which more nutrients are
leached from the soil.

The activity of subsurface drainage during various seasons and the impact of meteorological conditions on drainage runoff in different seasons (winter, spring, summer and autumn) has been reviewed over the last 50 years.

The study is being performed in the Kaunas, a city located in a humid continental climate region in the Middle of Lithuania, a loam arable land. The analysis of subsurface drainage runoff observation data from 1968 to 2017 revealed that seasonality, typical for run-off change, remains, however, the drainage runoff during winter season has increased significantly over the past five decades. Mann - Kendall test for seasonal drainage runoff shows that drainage runoff has a statistically significant tendency to increase in winter seasons, and to decrease in spring seasons. It was also influenced by growth of multi-year temperatures. Better under standing of soil moisture and dynamics of groundwater, especially in tile-drained land, could help to reduce biogenus leaching from agriculture land.

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