Document Type : Research Paper


Assistant Professor of Shiraz University


Extended Abstract
Investigating the spatial andTranslation errorInvestigatingiiiii temporal variations of soil salinity plays a major role in managing the watershed and preventing the development of salinity (Mohammadi, 2007). Also, the study of groundwater salinity due to the complexity of hydrological processes, characteristics of the aquifer, and their variability is a difficult task. However, these problems exacerbate by external factors such as atmospheric conditions and human activities affecting the permeability and hydrological processes (Mirzaee and Hassan-Nia, 2013). Because of the costly nature of experiments involving salinity sampling, as well as the computational models not being calibrated and the complexity of these models in order to overcome these limitations and to determine salinity in the depths of the soil, determination of models consistent with natural behaviors and the use of existing models, Increase day by day. On the other hand, considering the fact that many lands are under cultivation in the northwest of Fars province, it is important to study the chemical properties of the soil and water in the region, including salinity.
There are various methods for studying the salinity of water and soil, for example, Syringes et al. (2006) predicted the salinity of soil profile and the drainage outlet in a research using neural networks in an experimental area in India. Arfin et al. (2003) used an artificial neural network model and linear regression model to predict the soil and water salinity. Topographic index is a measure of the extent of flow accumulation at the given point of the topographic surface. As catchment area increases and slope gradient decreases, topographic index increases. Like other combined morphometric variables, topographic index can be derived from a digital elevation model (DEM) by the sequential application of methods for local and nonlocal morphometric characteristics, followed by an arithmetic combination of the results of these calculations.
Materials & Methods
The studied watershed is located in the west of Shiraz, between the cities of Shiraz and Kazeroon. The most important urban center in this basin is the city of Bayza. The geo-location of the studied area is N 29° 12´to 29° 48´and E 52° 06´ to 52° 36´ (Figure 1). The area of the study region is 623.63 KM2. The highest and lowest altitudes in the study area are 1630 and 3083 meters respectively. The average temperature in the region is 16.8 degrees varying from 4.7 to 29.2. The study area is very rich for cultivating crops. It is also a very rich in terms of topography, geology and biodiversity. Regarding the presence of agricultural lands in this region as well as the significance of irrigation water quality and the type of soil in terms of electrical conductivity (EC), the study of the soil and water characteristics of the region is very important in terms of salinity.
The data used in this research include electrical conductivity of water and soil samples provided by Fars Agricultural Jihad Organization (2013). This region was selected considering the importance of the study region for agriculture. The zoning maps for each of them were prepared in the ArcGIS environment with the help of these sample points which were selected randomly. Then, the EC data of water and soil was homogenized and ranged from 0 to 1 with the help of membership functions. Finally, the relationship of the amount of water and soil salinity with the watershed rough terrain was investigated.
Discussion and Results
According to the interpolation maps, it was determined that the lowest and the highest values for water salinity in the study area were 0.42 and 3.07 respectively, while for soil salinity were 0.87 and 8.75 respectively. According to the salinity zoning map prepared for soil samples in the study area, it is determined that the highest soil salinity is in the southwest of the study area, while the north and center of the study area have lower soil salinity. Also, the results of water salinity obtained by IDW method showed that the highest salinity of water is in the north of the region, while the lowest salinity of water is observed in parts of the south of the study area. The fuzzy map values of the study area are between 0.08 to 0.99, that except for a very small part of the study area located in the southeast, the rest of the area contain saline water. Also, the results of soil salinity fuzzy map of the studied area showed that the soil salinity values were between 0.61 and 0.92. In fact, the soil in the study area has a lot of salinity.  
After finalizing the fuzzy map of water and soil salinity by fuzzy method, the final salinity map was classified into four classes. Values less than 0.25, between 0.25 and 0.5, 0.5 to 0.75 and more than 0.75 were classified into inappropriate, moderate, good and very good grades, respectively. (The low values: < 0.25 (inappropriate for drinking), moderate: 0.25 – 0.50, high: 0.50 – 0.75, very high: > 0.75 (a-ppropriate for drinking)). Using fuzzy method for soil salinity, it was determined that 24.31% of the area was in poor class (inappropriate), 11.78 in the moderate class, 25.74 in the good class and 38.16% of the area was in the very good class, while for water salinity, it was found that 36.6% was in the moderate class, 31.69% in the good class and 31.65% was in the very good class. At the end, the relationship between the Landform map and the salinity map of the soil and water in the study area was determined. The results showed that salinity of the water in the valleys is very high, while soil salinity in the upstream drainage has shown the highest values. The results also showed that the minimum salinity of the soil and water are in the plains.


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