About us

R-SWMS was originally developped in the Agrosphere institute of the Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH in 2004-2006 (Javaux et al., 2008). It has then been continuously developped through research projects and PhD grants at the Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany) and at the Environmental Sciences Dep. of the Université catholique de Louvain.

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Developers and contributors

All the people who contributed to R-SWMS are listed here:

Mathieu Javaux: post-doc at FZJ (2004-2006): developped the original R-SWMS code coupling water flow in soil and roots.
Tom Schroeder: PhD student at FZJ (2006-2009). He proposed several solutions to account for small scale
Natalie Schroeder: PhD student at FZJ/UCL (2010-2013). She added the particle tracking in soil (PARTRACE) and roots.
Valentin Couvreur : PhD student at UCL (2009-2013). He developped a simplified RWU model and added the periodic boundary conditions for soil and roots.
Katrin Huber : PhD student (2011-2014) and post-doc (2014-) at FZJ . She implemented a novel stomatal conductance model functio of ABA and xylem pressure. She also adapted root growth.
Abesha Betiglu: PhD student at FZJ (2011-2015). He added a subgrid component to resolve the nutrient uptake.
Félicien Meunier: PhD student at UCL (2013-). He adapted the input files to comply with RSML format.
Nimrod Schwartz: post-doc at UCL (2014-2016). He implemented the water flow in the rizosphere affected by mucilage.
Asta Kunkel: is PhD student in Juelich (2014-) working on pesticide transport.
Magdanela Landle is PhD student in Juelich (2014-) working on transport in structured soil.
Helena Jorda Guerra is PhD student at KuLeuven (2015-) working on impact of salinity on root water uptake.