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  1. Hydraulic Properties of Unsaturated Soils

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    Many agrophysical applications require knowledge of the hydraulic properties of unsaturated soils. These properties reflect the ability of a soil to retain or transmit water and its dissolved constituents. The objective of this work was to develop an entry for the Encyclopedia of Agrophysics that w...

  2. BOREAS HYD-1 Soil Hydraulic Properties

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    Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Knapp, David E. (Editor); Kelly, Shaun F.; Stangel, David E.; Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Hydrology (HYD)-1 team coordinated a program of data collection to measure and monitor soil properties in collaboration with other science team measurement needs. This data set contains soil hydraulic properties determined at the Northern Study Area (NSA) and Southern Study Area (SSA) flux tower sites based on analysis of in situ tension infiltrometer tests and laboratory-determined water retention from soil cores collected during the 1994-95 field campaigns. Results from this analysis are saturated hydraulic conductivity, and fitting parameters for the van Genuchten-Mualem soil hydraulic conductivity and water retention function at flux tower sites. The data are contained in tabular ASCII files. The HYD-01 soil hydraulic properties data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  3. Microbial effect on soil hydraulic properties

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    Furman, Alex; Rosenzweig, Ravid; Volk, Elazar; Rosenkranz, Hella; Iden, Sascha; Durner, Wolfgang

    2014-05-01

    Although largely ignored, the soil contains large amount of biofilms (attached microbes) that can affect many processes. While biochemical processes are studied, biophysical processes receive only little attention. Biofilms may occupy some of the pore space, and by that affect the soil hydraulic properties. This effect on unsaturated soils, however, was not intensively studied. In this research we directly measure the hydraulic properties, namely the soil's unsaturated hydraulic conductivity function and retention curve, for soils containing real biofilm. To do that we inoculate soil with biofilm-forming bacteria and incubate it with sufficient amounts of nutrient until biofilm is formed. The hydraulic properties of the incubated soil are then measured using several techniques, including multi-step outflow and evaporation method. The longer measurements (evaporation method) are conducted under refrigeration conditions to minimize microbial activity during the experiment. The results show a clear effect of the biofilm, where the biofilm-affected soil (sandy loam in our case) behaves like a much finer soil. This qualitatively makes sense as the biofilm generates an effective pore size distribution that is characterized by smaller pores. However, the effect is much more complex and needs to be studied carefully considering (for example) dual porosity models. We compare our preliminary results with other experiments, including flow-through column experiments and experiments with biofilm analogues. Clearly a better understanding of the way microbial activity alters the hydraulic properties may help designing more efficient bioremediation, irrigation, and other soil-related processes.

  4. Effects of Land Use and Management on Soil Hydraulic Properties

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    Horel, Ágota; Tóth, Eszter; Gelybó, Györgyi; Kása, Ilona; Bakacsi, Zsófia; Farkas, Csilla

    2015-11-01

    Soil hydraulic properties are among the most important parameters that determine soil quality and its capability to serve the ecosystem. Land use can significantly influence soil properties, including its hydraulic conditions; however, additional factors, such as changes in climate (temperature and precipitation), can further influence the land use effects on soil hydraulic properties. In order to develop possible adaptation measures and mitigate any negative effects of land use and climatic changes, it is important to study the impact of land use and changes in land use on soil hydraulic properties. In this paper, we summarize recent studies examining the effect of land use/land cover and the associated changes in soil hydraulic properties, mainly focusing on agricultural scenarios of cultivated croplands and different tillage systems.

  5. Effects of Long-term Soil and Crop Management on Soil Hydraulic Properties for Claypan Soils

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    Regional and national soil maps and associated databases of soil properties have been developed to help land managers make decisions based on soil characteristics. Hydrologic modelers also utilize soil hydraulic properties provided in these databases, in which soil characterization is based on avera...

  6. Predicting the impact of biochar additions on soil hydraulic properties

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    Different physical and chemical properties of biochar, which is made out of a variety of biomass materials, can impact water movement through amended soil. The objective of this research was to develop a decision support tool predicting the impact of biochar additions on soil saturated hydraulic con...

  7. Estimating soil moisture and soil thermal and hydraulic properties by assimilating soil temperatures using a particle batch smoother

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    Dong, Jianzhi; Steele-Dunne, Susan C.; Ochsner, Tyson E.; Giesen, Nick van de

    2016-05-01

    This study investigates the potential of estimating the soil moisture profile and the soil thermal and hydraulic properties by assimilating soil temperature at shallow depths using a particle batch smoother (PBS) using synthetic tests. Soil hydraulic properties influence the redistribution of soil moisture within the soil profile. Soil moisture, in turn, influences the soil thermal properties and surface energy balance through evaporation, and hence the soil heat transfer. Synthetic experiments were used to test the hypothesis that assimilating soil temperature observations could lead to improved estimates of soil hydraulic properties. We also compared different data assimilation strategies to investigate the added value of jointly estimating soil thermal and hydraulic properties in soil moisture profile estimation. Results show that both soil thermal and hydraulic properties can be estimated using shallow soil temperatures. Jointly updating soil hydraulic properties and soil states yields robust and accurate soil moisture estimates. Further improvement is observed when soil thermal properties were also estimated together with the soil hydraulic properties and soil states. Finally, we show that the inclusion of a tuning factor to prevent rapid fluctuations of parameter estimation, yields improved soil moisture, temperature, and thermal and hydraulic properties.

  8. USING ENSEMBLE PREDICTIONS TO SIMULATE FIELD-SCALE SOIL WATER TIME SERIES WITH UPSCALED AND DOWNSCALED SOIL HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES

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    Simulations of soil water flow require measurements of soil hydraulic properties which are particularly difficult at field scale. Laboratory measurements provide hydraulic properties at scales finer than the field scale, whereas pedotransfer functions (PTFs) integrate information on hydraulic prope...

  9. FIELD DETERMINATION OF SOIL HYDRAULIC AND CHEMICAL TRANSPORT PROPERTIES

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    Hydraulic and chemical transport properties are the major inputs in predictive models that simulate the movement of water and chemicals through the vadose zone. However, there is a lack of field measurements of such properties to verify models describing water and chemical movement through the soil...

  10. LANDSCAPE AND CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT EFFECTS ON HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES ON A CLAYPAN-SOIL TOPOSEQUENCE

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    Information on effects of landscape and its interaction with management on soil hydraulic properties is scarce. This study investigated effects and interactions of landscape position and conservation management systems on soil bulk density, saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat), soil water retenti...

  11. SOIL HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES INFLUENCED BY STIFF-STEMMED GRASS HEDGES

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    Stiff-stemmed grass hedges planted in narrow rows within a field offer an opportunity for effective erosion control at a reasonable cost. The effectiveness of the hedges, however, may depend on soil hydraulic properties as influenced by a hedge. The objective of this study was to characterize and ...

  12. Effect of soil hydraulic properties on the relationship between soil moisture variability and its mean value

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    Knowledge of soil moisture and its variability is needed for many environmental applications. We analyzed dependencies of soil moisture variability on average soil moisture contents in bare soils using ensembles of non-stationary water flow simulations by varying soil hydraulic properties under diff...

  13. Estimating soil hydraulic properties from ground based IR soil surface temperature and TDR measurements

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    Steenpass, C.; Vanderborght, J.; Herbst, M.; Vereecken, H.

    2009-12-01

    State variables like the soil water content and soil temperature with location and time contain information about soil specific properties, since soil temperature and the rate of water movement to the soil surface are being determined by properties such as thermal and hydraulic conductivity. By evaporation, latent heat is being removed from the soil in form of water vapor. This cooling effect depends on the water availability in the upper part of the soil. The water availability itself depends on the hydraulic properties of the soil. Therefore, temporal variability of the soil surface temperature should be sensitive to soil hydraulic properties. An experiment has been performed during September 2008 at a test site close to the Research Center Juelich to estimate soil hydraulic properties and correlations to the soil surface temperature, as measured by an IR camera. Soil water content and temperatures have been measured in different depths. To investigate the information content of soil surface temperatures to derive soil hydraulic properties or find out how strong estimated hydraulic properties are being constraint by the soil surface temperature, various numerical experiments have been performed: The general applicability of this method was checked with numerically generated data as well as real measured data. By simulating with a one-material soil profile, we estimated effective soil hydraulic properties to test how good these parameters are in the prediction of the soil water dynamics in deeper soil layers (>10 cm). Usage of a layered soil profile in a simulation allowed us to estimate soil hydraulic properties for different depths, thus being able to match the measured data (soil surface temperature and moisture in different depths) as good as possible. For the numerical modeling we used a one-dimensional coupled heat and water flow model linked to a Markov Chain Monte-Carlo based algorithm. As not only the estimated parameters but also their uncertainties are important, the optimization algorithm provides prediction uncertainty bounds (probability density functions). Soil surface temperature and soil surface temperature plus water content data have been used as forcing data for the inverse estimation. It has been found in the synthetic and the real data experiment that soil hydraulic properties are sensitive to the soil surface temperature, even though uncertainties using only the soil surface temperature as forcing data set are big. These uncertainties can be reduced by adding soil moisture content to the forcing data. Effective soil hydraulic parameters describing the soil surface temperature as well as soil moisture in different depths could not be found. Hence, soil heterogeneity cannot be neglected in our experiment. With a layered soil profile, the agreement between modeled and measured soil temperatures and soil moistures was good. Point measurements of soil hydraulic properties are costly and time consuming, and the transfer to larger scales is problematic, due to large inhomogeneities in the soil hydraulic properties. This method may give the opportunity to determine effective soil hydraulic properties for large areas from rather easy to measure IR surface temperatures.

  14. ESTIMATION OF SURFACE SOIL HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES FROM REMOTELY SENSED SURFACE SOIL MOISTURE

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    Remotely sensed surface soil water content was used to estimate near-surface soil hydraulic properties based on 2-day drainage data in the Little Washita River Experimental Watershed in south central Oklahoma. Characterization of hydraulic conductivity based on 2-days drainage in the field is relate...

  15. Soil hydraulic properties of sphagnum moss and peat

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    Weber, Tobias K. D.; Iden, Sascha C.; Scharnagl, Benedikt; Durner, Wolfgang

    2015-04-01

    The moisture state of the vadose zone (acrotelm) of ombrotrophic peatlands decisively determines whether carbon is contained in soil organic matter or released to the atmosphere. As the pore space is variably saturated with water throughout the year, oxygen diffusion, heat, and solute transport and thus the redox state are a function of water content over time. For prediction purposes, the hydrological processes must be epitomised in computer models which establish a link between the terrestrial water cycle and the carbon cycle. This requires a proper representation of effective soil hydraulic properties which are a mandatory input to the Richards equation, the standard model for variably-saturated flow processes in porous media. By applying the Richards equation to peatlands, one assumes that the acrotelm can be conceptualised as a rigid porous material. To test this approximation and select the most adequate set of soil hydraulic property functions, we conducted a series of specifically designed laboratory evaporation experiments on sphagnum moss and decomposed sphagnum peat. Sampling was carried out in five centimeter depth increments of an ombrotrophic bog profile in the Harz mountains. We selected sphagnum moss as it is a predominant plant species colonising bogs of the Boreal. Inverse modelling was used to test the adequacy of different parameterizations of soil hydraulic property functions. We used pressure head data measured by two tensiometers in the objective function to identify soil hydraulic properties. The Richards equation was used as process model. We critically assess the applicability of the van Genuchten/Mualem model, which finds frequent application in peatland hydrology, and discuss alternatives which account for (1) multimodal pore size distributions, (2) physical plausibility towards the dry end, (3) capillary and non-capillary storage and flow, and (4) isothermal flow of water vapour. Finally, our results indicate that applying the Richards equation to water flow under evaporation conditions to sphagnum moss and sphagnum peat is a feasible approximation.

  16. Impacts of Salinity on Soil Hydraulic Properties and Evaporation Fluxes

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    Fierro, V.; Cristi Matte, F.; Suarez, F. I.; Munoz, J. F.

    2014-12-01

    Saline soils are common in arid zones, where evaporation from shallow groundwater is generally the main component of the water balance. Thus, to correctly manage water resources in these zones, it is important to quantify the evaporation fluxes. Evaporation from saline soils is a complex process that couples the movement of salts, heat, liquid water and water vapor, and strongly depends on the soil water content. Precipitation/dissolution reactions can change the soil structure and alter flow paths, modifying evaporation fluxes. We utilized the HYDRUS-1D model to investigate the effects of salinity on soil hydraulic properties and evaporation fluxes. HYDRUS-1D simulates the transport of liquid water, water vapor, and heat, and can incorporate precipitation/dissolution reactions of the major ions. To run the model, we determined the water retention curve for a soil with different salinities; and we used meteorological forcing from an experimental site from the Atacama Desert. It was found that higher sodium adsorption ratios in the soil increase the soil water retention capacity. Also, it was found that evaporation fluxes increase salts concentration near the soil surface, changing the soil's water retention capacity in that zone. Finally, movement of salts causes differences in evaporation fluxes. It is thus necessary to incorporate salt precipitation/dissolution reactions and its effects on the water retention curve to correctly simulate evaporation in saline soils

  17. Predicting the impact of biochar additions on soil hydraulic properties.

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    Lim, T J; Spokas, K A; Feyereisen, G; Novak, J M

    2016-01-01

    Different physical and chemical properties of biochar, which is made out of a variety of biomass materials, can impact water movement through amended soil. The objective of this research was to develop a decision support tool predicting the impact of biochar additions on soil saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat). Four different kinds of biochar were added to four different textured soils (coarse sand, fine sand, loam, and clay texture) to assess these effects at the rates of 0%, 1%, 2%, and 5% (w/w). The Ksat of the biochar amended soils were significantly influenced by the rate and type of biochar, as well as the original particle size of soil. The Ksat decreased when biochar was added to coarse and fine sands. Biochar with larger particles sizes (60%; >1 mm) decreased Ksat to a larger degree than the smaller particle size biochar (60%; <1 mm) in the two sandy textured soils. Increasing tortuosity in the biochar amended sandy soil could explain this behavior. On the other hand, for the clay loam 1% and 2% biochar additions universally increased the Ksat with higher biochar amounts providing no further alterations. The developed model utilizes soil texture pedotransfer functions for predicting agricultural soil Ksat as a function of soil texture. The model accurately predicted the direction of the Ksat influence, even though the exact magnitude still requires further refinement. This represents the first step to a unified theory behind the impact of biochar additions on soil saturated conductivity. PMID:26145507

  18. Predicting the impact of biochar additions on soil hydraulic properties

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    Spokas, Kurt; Lim, Tae Jun; Feyereisen, Gary; Novak, Jeff

    2015-04-01

    Different physical and chemical properties of biochar, which is made out of a variety of biomass materials, can impact water movement through amended soil. The objective of this research was to develop a decision support tool predicting the impact of biochar additions on soil saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat). Four different kinds of biochar were added to four different textured soils (coarse sand, fine sand, loam, and clay texture) to assess these effects at the rates of 0, 1, 2, and 5 % (w/w). The Ksat of the biochar amended soils were significantly influenced by the rate and type of biochar, as well as the original particle size of soil. The Ksat decreased when biochar was added to coarse and fine sands. Biochar with larger particles sizes (60%; >1 mm) decreased Ksat to a larger degree than the smaller particle size biochar (60%; <1 mm) in the two sandy textured soils. Increasing tortuosity in the amended sandy soil could explain this behavior. On the other hand, for the clay loam 1% and 2% biochar additions universally increased the Ksat with higher biochar amounts providing no further alterations. The developed model utilizes soil texture pedotransfer functions for predicting agricultural soil Ksat as a function of soil texture. The model accurately predicted the direction of the Ksat influence, even though the exact magnitude still requires further refinement.

  19. Impacts of Evaporation from Saline Soils on Soil Hydraulic Properties and Water Fluxes

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    Fierro, V.; Hernandez, M. F.; Braud, I.; Cristi Matte, F.; Hausner, M. B.; Suarez, F. I.; Munoz, J.

    2013-12-01

    Saline soils are common in arid zones, where evaporation from shallow groundwater is generally the major component of the water balance. Thus, accurate quantification of soil water evaporation is crucial to improve water resource management in these regions. Evaporation from saline soils is a complex process that couples the movement of salts, heat, liquid water and water vapor. Precipitation/dissolution reactions can alter the soil structure and modify flow paths. The impact of evaporation from shallow groundwater on soil properties and water fluxes poses a major hydrologic challenge that remains to be answered. As a preliminary approach to consider these effects, we used the SiSPAT model (Simple Soil Plant Atmospheric Transfer) to represent the movement of liquid water and water vapor in a saline soil column subjected to two groundwater levels under nonisothermal conditions. To parameterize the model, we determined the hydraulic properties of the soil before performing the soil column experiments. When the SiSPAT model was run using uniform and constant hydraulic properties, it was unable to predict the moisture and thermal profiles, or the cumulative evaporation. This inability to reproduce the observed data is most likely due to alterations of the soil structure as a result of precipitation/dissolution reactions. When the soil hydraulic properties were allowed to vary in space, the model reproduced the experimental data successfully, suggesting that the structure of the initially homogeneous soil column was modified. It is thus necessary to incorporate salt precipitation to correctly simulate evaporation in saline soils.

  20. Determination of Soil Hydraulic Properties Using Magnetic Resonance Techniques and Classical Soil Physics Measurements

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    Stingaciu, Laura R.; Weihermüller, Lutz; Pohlmeier, Andreas; Stapf, Siegfried; Vereecken, Harry

    2011-03-01

    Water and solute movement as any other transport processes through soil are influenced by the hydraulic properties of the soils. The heterogeneities of the soils imply heterogeneous spatial distribution of the hydraulic properties leading to heterogeneous distribution of soil water content. This may affects the water availability for plant growth, the groundwater contamination and nutrients losses within the root zone. The measurement techniques available today for the estimation of soil hydraulic parameters do not account for the heterogeneity of the sample and treat each measurement sample as a homogeneous representative volume. On the other side natural soils contain large heterogeneities mostly in terms of inclusions of different materials. Therefore the purpose of this study is to estimate soil hydraulic properties of a heterogeneous sample by combining classical multi-step-outflow (MSO) with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) experiments. MSO experiments were performed on a sample filled with sand and sand-clay mixture in a coaxial structure. During each pressure application MRI images at 4.7 T (200 MHz) were recorded using a pure phase-encoding MRI sequence in order to provide information about the soil water content at specific locations within the coaxial sample. The recorded cumulative outflow and water content data were used as input data in the inversion of the MSO experiment. For the simulation and inversion of the MSO experiment we used the hydrological model HYDRUS-2D3D in which the initial hydraulic parameters of the two materials were estimated based on CPMG-T2 relaxation measurements on homogeneous sub-samples. The results show conclusively that the combination of the two MRI and MSO methods leads to a unique estimation of the hydraulic properties of two materials simultaneously.

  1. Climatic controls on soil hydraulic properties along soil chronosequences on volcanic parent material

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    Beal, L. K.; Lohse, K. A.; Godsey, S.; Huber, D. P.

    2013-12-01

    Soil development is influenced by physical and chemical weathering processes and accumulation of eolian sediment. These weathering processes have often been examined using chronosequences that take advantage of deposited lava flows ranging in age. These studies typically characterize the physical and sometimes chemical properties, but rarely have these studies examined how hydraulic properties change with time. In addition, many of these studies occur in tropical climates where weathering occurs rapidly; relatively little is known about weathering processes in cool dry climates. This is important not only to understand how water and energy move in these water limited systems, but also to understand how they might change as climate patterns shift. The objectives of this research were to 1) measure and model the soil water retention, θ(h), and hydraulic conductivity, K(h), functions across a chronosequence of cinder cone sites in a cold desert region, 2) compare soil hydraulic properties across soil ages to examine how soil development in semi-arid climates moderates soil hydraulic processes, and 3) compare soil hydraulic characteristics in a dryland environment to those of a wet tropical climate across similarly aged lava flows. We contrast 2.1, 6.9 and 13.9 ka cinder cones soils at Craters of the Moon (COTM) National Monument, Idaho, USA. Soil development at COTM is sparse and is concentrated in joints and crevices of the basalt. The soils contrast slightly in texture with age. The young (2.1 ka) soils are coarser grained with at least 20% greater sand content than the older (6.9, 13.9 ka) soils. Preliminary hydraulic modeling suggests that older soils have lower θ values than younger soils. This is likely due to a higher bulk density values from higher accumulations of secondary minerals in the old soils from loess input. The models show that the air entry points (α) occur at lower tensions in the young soils, likely caused by a greater pore size distribution. We observe that θ decreases with age, and α occurs at higher tensions. Soil horizons are developed dominantly on the cinder cones. These model estimates appear to match well with preliminary field measurements. Tropical climates enhance the weathering of basaltic parent material. The mean annual precipitation in the Hawaiian site is 2500 mm, and 310 mm at COTM. Accumulation of rainfall increases the weathering rate of the parent material. Using previous work characterizing the physical characteristics of soil across the Hawaii chronosequence to model the contrasting soils, we found that the 0.3 and 20 ka Hawaii soils had similar hydraulic properties; θ values were approximately 0.45 cm3/cm3 and Ks values were 6 cm/hr. However, these Hawaiian soils contrasted and were quantitatively lower than the entire COTM chronosequence. At the 2.1 ka COTM soil, Ks was 17 cm/hr and θ was 0.52-0.65 cm3/cm3 whereas at the 13.9 ka soil, Ks was 12 cm/hr and θ was 0.52 cm3/cm3. The 0.3 ka Hawaiian soil had a 20-30% higher silt content than the 2.1 ka COTM soil. Our models help quantify rates of soil development and hydraulic properties developed through time on volcanic parent materials.

  2. SOIL HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES OF CROPLAND COMPARED WITH REESTABLISHED AND NATIVE GRASSLAND

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    Conversion of cropland to perennial grasses will, over time, produce changes in soil hydraulic properties. We conducted a study to characterize and compare soil hydraulic properties on adjacent native grassland, recently tilled cropland, and reestablished grassland in the Conservation Reserve Progra...

  3. Biofilm effect on hydraulic properties of unsaturated soils: experimental study and data analysis

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    Rosenzweig, Ravid; Volk, Elazar; Furman, Alex; Iden, Sascha; Durner, Wolfgang

    2015-04-01

    While it is well known that biofilm in saturated systems can cause significant reduction of the hydraulic conductivity, very limited attention has been given to the hydraulic properties under unsaturated conditions. Following preliminary experiments with a biofilm proxy and pore-network analysis, we use here direct measurements of soil hydraulic properties in substrates with real biofilms to investigate and quantify the biofilm effect on hydraulic properties of unsaturated soils, namely hydraulic conductivity function and retention curve. We show that biofilms can significantly alter the soil hydraulic properties under unsaturated conditions. Measurements of the soil's unsaturated hydraulic conductivity function and water retention curve were performed by using the multi-step outflow and evaporation methods. The measurements with a longer duration (evaporation method) were conducted under refrigeration conditions to minimize microbial activity during the experiment. Data were analyzed by the standard simplified evaporation method and by inverse numerical simulation, using a flexible, but time-invariant, model of hydraulic properties. First results show that the hydraulic properties of the biofilm-affected soils differ from those of the clean soils. Those differences depend on the biofilm amount, growing conditions and substrate concentrations.

  4. Effects of long-term soil and crop management on soil hydraulic properties for claypan soils

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    Regional and national soil maps have been developed along with associated soil property databases to assist users in making land management decisions based on soil characteristics. These soil properties include average values from soil characterization for each soil series. In reality, these propert...

  5. Laboratory evaporation experiments in undisturbed peat columns for determining peat soil hydraulic properties

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    Dettmann, Ullrich; Frahm, Enrico; Bechtold, Michel

    2013-04-01

    One of the key parameters controlling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from organic soils is water table depth. Thus, a detailed analysis of the hydrology is essential for an accurate spatial upscaling of the information of local GHG emission measurements to the regional and national scale. For the interpretation and numerical modeling of water table fluctuations, knowledge about soil hydraulic parameters is crucial. In contrast to mineral soils, the hydraulic properties of organic soils differ in several aspects. Due to the high amount of organic components, strong heterogeneity, and shrinkage and swelling of peat, accompanied by changing soil volume and bulk density, it is difficult to describe peat soil moisture dynamics with standard hydraulic functions developed for mineral soils. The objective of this study was to determine soil hydraulic properties for various undisturbed peat columns (diameter: 30 cm, height: 20 cm). Laboratory evaporation experiments were conducted for peat soils from five different test sites of the German joint research project "Organic Soils". Due to different land use histories, the peat samples covered a broad range of degradation states, which is known to strongly influence peat soil hydraulic properties. Pressure head, moisture content, weight loss and water level were monitored during the evaporation experiment. In numerical simulations using HYDRUS-1D the experimental data were used for an inverse-estimation of the soil hydraulic parameters using "shuffled complex evolution" and "covariance matrix adaption" optimization schemes. Besides the commonly applied van Genuchten-Mualem parameterization, several alternative soil parameterizations are evaluated.

  6. Spatial and temporal variability of soil hydraulic properties of topsoil affected by soil erosion

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    Nikodem, Antonin; Kodesova, Radka; Jaksik, Ondrej; Jirku, Veronika; Klement, Ales; Fer, Miroslav

    2014-05-01

    This study is focused on the comparison of soil hydraulic properties of topsoil that is affected by erosion processes. In order to include variable morphological and soil properties along the slope three sites - Brumovice, Vidim and Sedlčany were selected. Two transects (A, B) and five sampling sites along each one were chosen. Soil samples were taken in Brumovice after the tillage and sowing of winter wheat in October 2010 and after the wheat harvest in August 2011. At locality Vidim and Sedlčany samples were collected in May and August 2012. Soil hydraulic properties were studied in the laboratory on the undisturbed 100-cm3 soil samples placed in Tempe cells using the multi-step outflow test. Soil water retention data points were obtained by calculating water balance in the soil sample at each pressure head step of the experiment. The single-porosity model in HYDRUS-1D was applied to analyze the multi-step outflow and to obtain the parameters of soil hydraulic properties using the numerical inversion. The saturated hydraulic conductivities (Ks) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivities (Kw) for the pressure head of -2 cm of topsoil were also measured after the harvest using Guelph permeameter and Minidisk tensiometer, respectively. In general soil water retention curves measured before and after vegetation period apparently differed, which indicated soil material consolidation and soil-porous system rearrangement. Soil water retention curves obtained on the soil samples and hydraulic conductivities measured in the field reflected the position at the elevation transect and the effect of erosion/accumulation processes on soil structure and consequently on the soil hydraulic properties. The highest Ks values in Brumovice were obtained at the steepest parts of the elevation transects, that have been the most eroded. The Ks values at the bottom parts decreased due to the sedimentation of eroded soil particles. The change of the Kw values along transects didn't show similar trends. However, the variability of values within both transects was low. Higher values were obtained in transect B, where the soil was more affected by erosion. The highest values of Ks as well as the value of Kw were also obtained in the steepest part of transect A in Vidim. This trend was not observed in transect B. The results corresponded with measured retention curves. Two different trends were shown in Sedlčany. While the highest values of Ks and Kw were found in the upper part of transect A, in the case of transect B the highest values were measured at the bottom of transect. Differences observed at both localities were caused by the different terrain attributes of both transects and extent of soil erosion. Acknowledgement: Authors acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic (QJ1230319).

  7. Effect of increasing biochar application rate on soil hydraulic properties of an artificial sandy soil

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    Lopez, V.; Ghezzehei, T. A.

    2013-12-01

    Biochar, a product of the pyrolysis of biomass, has become an increasingly studied subject of interest as an agricultural soil amendment to address issues of carbon emission, population density, and food scarcity. Biochar has been reported to increase content and retention of nutrients, pH, cation-exchange capacity, vegetative growth, microbial community, and carbon sequestration. A number of studies addressing the usefulness of biochar as a soil amendment have focused on chemical and biological properties, disregarding the effects on soil physical properties of amended soil. Aside from biochar, lime (calcium carbonate) addition to soils has also been utilized in agricultural practices, typically to raise the pH value of acidic soils, increase microbial activity, and enhance soil stability and productivity as a result. Both biochar and lime amendments may be beneficial in increasing the soil physical properties, particularly through the formation of aggregates. In previous studies an increase in soil particle aggregates resulted in higher rates of biological activity, infiltration rates, pore space, and aeration, all of which are a measure of soil quality. While the effectiveness of biochar and lime as soil amendments has been independently documented, their combined effectiveness on soil physical properties is less understood. This study aims to provide a further understanding on the effect of increasing biochar application rate on soil particle aggregation and hydraulic properties of a low reactive pre-limed artificial sandy soil with and without microbial communities. Microbial communities are known to increase soil aggregates by acting as cementing agents. Understanding the impact of biochar addition on soil physical properties will have implications in the development of sustainable agricultural practices, especially in systems undergoing climate stress and intensive agriculture.

  8. Saturated hydraulic conductivity and soil water retention properties across a soil-slope transition

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    Mohanty, Binayak P.; Mousli, Zak

    2000-11-01

    The hydraulic properties of soil and their spatial structures are important for understanding soil moisture dynamics, land surface and subsurface hydrology, and contaminant transport. We investigated whether landscape features, including relative position on a slope, contribute to the variability of soil hydraulic properties in a complex terrain of a glacial till material. Using 396 undisturbed soil cores collected along two orthogonal transects, we measured saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) and soil water retention functions at two (15 and 30 cm) depths across a glacial till landscape in central Iowa that encompassed two soil types (Nicollet loam with 1-3% slope on the hilltop position and Clarion loam with 2-5% slope on the shoulder position). The van Genuchten-Mualem model was fitted to the experimental data using the RETC optimization computer code. At the 15 cm depth a statistical comparison indicated significant differences in Ksat, saturated water content (θs), water content at permanent wilting point (θ15,000) and van Genuchten fitting parameters (α and n) between soil types and landscape positions. At the 30 cm depth, θs, θ15,000, and residual water content (θr) were found to be significantly different across the soil-slope transition. Available water content (θ333-15,000) did not show any significant difference across the soil-slope transition for either depth. No clear directional trend was observed, with some exceptions for Ksat, θs, and α on specific transect limbs and depths. Drifts in the soil hydraulic parameters due to soil-slope transition were removed using a mean-polishing approach. Geostatistical analyses of these parameters showed several important characteristics including the following: (1) The spatial correlation lengths and semivariogram patterns of the independently measured (or estimated) loge Ksat and θs at 30-cm depth matched extremely well; (2) better spatial structures with large correlation lengths were observed for (macro and micro) porosity-related loge Ksat, θs, and loge α than for texture-related loge θ333-15,000, loge θ15,000, θr and loge n at 30-cm depth; and (3) a higher nugget effect at 15-cm depth was evident for most soil hydraulic parameters, indicating tillage and other surface disturbances. These novel findings may prove to be critical for modeling and interpreting field-scale or larger-scale soil moisture dynamics, surface and subsurface flow, and solute transport.

  9. Impact of alpine meadow degradation on soil hydraulic properties over the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

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    Zeng, Chen; Zhang, Fan

    2015-04-01

    Alpine meadow is one of widespread vegetation types of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. It is undergoing degradation under the background of global climate change, human activities and overgrazing. Soil moisture is important to alpine meadow ecology for its water and energy transfer processes, therefore soil hydraulic properties become key parameters for local eco-hydrological processes studies. However, little research focus on the changes and it's mechanisms of soil hydraulic properties during the degradation processes. In this study, soil basic and hydraulic properties at 0-10 cm and 40-50 cm soil layer depths under different degraded alpine meadow were analyzed. Pearson correlations were adopted to study the relationships among the investigated factors and principal component analysis was performed to identify the dominant factor. Results show that with increasing degree of degradation, soil sand content increased while soil saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) as well as soil clay content, soil porosity decreased in the 0-10 cm soil layers, and organic matter and root gravimetric density decreased in both the 0-10 cm and 40-50 cm soil layers. For soil unsaturated hydraulic conductivity, it reduced more slowly with decreasing pressure head under degraded conditions than non-degraded conditions. However, soil moisture showed no significant changes with increasing degradation. Soil Ks was significantly correlated (P = 0.01) with bulk density, soil porosity, soil organic matter and root gravimetric density. Among these, soil porosity is the dominant factor explaining about 90% of the variability in total infiltration flow. Under non-degraded conditions, the infiltration flow principally depended on the presence of macropores. With increasing degree of degradation, soil macropores quickly changed to mesopores or micropores. The proportion of total infiltration flow through macropores and mesopores significantly decreased with the most substantial decrease observed for the macropores in the 0-10 cm soil layer. The substantial decrease of macropores caused a cut in soil moisture and hydraulic conductivity.

  10. Laboratory-field scaling of soil hydraulic properties: numerical validation based on soil water content measurements

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    Bonfante, Antonello; Coppola, Antonio; Basile, Angelo

    2010-05-01

    Hydraulic properties should be determined at the scale of the process modeled. The methods to hydraulically characterize a soil in situ remain extremely difficult to implement, needing measurements of water content and pressure head with adequate time-depth resolution. The authors recently proposed a method of scaling, physically based, that allows to obtain the field soil hydraulic parameters from the laboratory hydraulic characterization and the maximum water content in field. The procedure is based on the hypothesis that the field retention curve represents a secondary internal curves of the hysteresis loop. Assuming the sample as the REV (Representative Elementary Volume) of the soil, the drying and wetting laboratory curve represent the primaries curves. The procedure, recently validated on different soil samples, has been applied in four case studies (Cerese, Lodi, Scafati and Eboli). In each site, the soil water content was monitored at different depths along the soil profile with Time Domain Reflectometry technique (TDR)(years 2002-2003 for Cerese and Lodi, and years 2005-2006 for Scafati and Eboli). The SWAP hydrological simulation model, based on the Richard's equation, was applied to test in a composite field water flow processes the goodness of the proposed procedure. In particular, we compared water content measured in field and estimated by SWAP in two different runs, applying the same boundary conditions and crop parameterization, using hydraulic parameters obtained from (i) trials and errors calibration procedure and (ii) proposed scaling procedure. The agreement between observed and predicted values was expressed by the indexes RMSE (root mean squared error) and r (Pearson correlation). In the preliminary analysis, the statistical indexes has shown that the results obtained from scaling procedure are very similar or better of those obtained from calibration procedure. The main advantage arising from such scaling procedure rely on the significant reduction of the field measurement for the model calibrationǎlidation. Keyword: Scaling, SWAP,hysteresis.

  11. Soil hydraulic properties of topsoil along two elevation transects affected by soil erosion

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    Nikodem, Antonin; Kodesova, Radka; Jaksik, Ondrej; Jirku, Veronika; Fer, Miroslav; Klement, Ales; Zigova, Anna

    2013-04-01

    This study is focused on the comparison of soil hydraulic properties of topsoil that is affected by erosion processes. Studied area is characterized by a relatively flat upper part, a tributary valley in the middle and a colluvial fan at the bottom. Haplic Chernozem reminded at the flat upper part of the area. Regosols were formed at steep parts of the valley. Colluvial Chernozem and Colluvial soils were formed at the bottom parts of the valley and at the bottom part of the studied field. Two transects and five sampling sites along each one were selected. The soil-water retention curves measured on the undisturbed 100-cm3 soil samples taken after the tillage and sowing of winter wheat (October 2010) were highly variable and no differences between sampling sites within the each transect were detected. Variability of soil-water retention curves obtained on soil samples taken after the wheat harvest (August 2011) considerably deceased. The parts of the retention curves, which characterized the soil matrix, were very similar. The main differences between the soil-water retention curves were found in parts, which corresponded to larger capillary pores. The fractions of the large capillary pores (and also saturated soil water-contents) were larger after the harvest (soil structure reestablishment) than that after the tillage and sawing (soil structure disturbance). Greater amount of capillary pores was observed in soils with better developed soil structure documented on the micromorphological images. The saturated hydraulic conductivities (Ks) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivities (K) for the pressure head of -2 cm of topsoil were also measured after the wheat harvest using Guelph permeameter and Minidisk tensiometer, respectively. The highest Ks values were obtained at the steepest parts of the elevation transects, that have been the most eroded. The Ks values at the bottom parts decreased due to the sedimentation processes of eroded soil particles. The change of the K values along transects didn't show similar trends. However, the variability of values within both transects was low. The undisturbed soil samples (3200 cm3) were also taken at 3 sampling sites and ponding infiltration experiment was performed in the laboratory. Cumulative inflow and outflow, and pressure heads at depths of 6.5, 11 a 15.5 cm were measured. Numerical inversion of measured data using HYDRUS-1D was performed to obtain parameters of van Genuchten hydraulic function. Data obtain from previous tests were used to characterize development of dual permeability system along the studied transects. Acknowledgment: Authors acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic (QJ1230319).

  12. Scaling the flood regime with the soil hydraulic properties of the catchment

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    Peña Rojas, Luis Eduardo; Francés García, Félix; Barrios Peña, Miguel

    2015-04-01

    The spatial land cover distribution and soil type affect the hydraulic properties of soils, facilitating or retarding the infiltration rate and the response of a catchment during flooding events. This research analyzes: 1) the effect of land cover use in different time periods as a source of annual maximum flood records nonstationarity; 2) the scalability of the relationship between soil hydraulic properties of the catchment (initial abstractions, upper soil capillary storage and vertical and horizontal hydraulic conductivity) and the flood regime. The study was conducted in Combeima River basin in Colombia - South America and it was modelled the changes in the land uses registered in 1991, 2000, 2002 and 2007, using distributed hydrological modelling and nonparametric tests. The results showed that changes in land use affect hydraulic properties of soil and it has influence on the magnitude of flood peaks. What is a new finding is that this behavior is scalable with the soil hydraulic properties of the catchment flood moments have a simple scaling behavior and the peaks flow increases with higher values of capillary soil storage, whereas higher values, the peaks decreased. Finally it was applied Generalized Extreme Values and it was found scalable behavior in the parameters of the probability distribution function. The results allowed us to find a relationship between soil hydraulic properties and the behavior of flood regime in the basin studied.

  13. Effect of soil water repellency on soil hydraulic properties estimated under dynamic conditions

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    Diamantopoulos, E.; Durner, W.; Reszkowska, A.; Bachmann, J.

    2013-04-01

    SummarySoil research done over the past decades has proven that water repellent soils are widespread in all climates. Water repellency enhances the leaching of contaminants in the unsaturated zone by introducing preferential flow. In order to predict soil water fluxes in the unsaturated zone the accurate knowledge of the soil hydraulic properties (SHP) is mandatory. In this study the effect of water repellency on both imbibition and drainage SHP was studied. Inflow/outflow experiments were conducted in the laboratory for two soils and two artificially created hydrophobic mixtures. In the inflow/outflow experiments the pressure head at the bottom of the soil column was increased/decreased and the estimated SHP functions were obtained by means of inverse modeling. Inflow/outflow experiments were also conducted using ethanol instead of water in order to estimate the effect of liquid wetting properties on the estimated characteristic curves of the materials under study. The results showed that the water retention functions and the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity functions estimated from the dynamic experiments are strongly dependent on the degree of water repellency and the wetting/drying process.

  14. Tillage Effects on Soil Hydraulic Properties in Space and Time: State of the Science

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    Soil tillage practices can affect soil hydraulic properties and processes in space and time with consequent and coupled effects on chemical movement and plant growth. This literature review addresses the quantitative effects of soil tillage and associated management (e.g., crop residues) on the tem...

  15. Effective soil hydraulic properties in space and time: some field data analysis and modeling concepts

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    Soil hydraulic properties, which control surface fluxes and storage of water and chemicals in the soil profile, vary in space and time. Spatial variability above the measurement scale (e.g., soil area of 0.07 m2 or support volume of 14 L) must be upscaled appropriately to determine “effective” hydr...

  16. Discrimination of soil hydraulic properties by combined thermal infrared and microwave remote sensing

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    Vandegriend, A. A.; Oneill, P. E.

    1986-01-01

    Using the De Vries models for thermal conductivity and heat capacity, thermal inertia was determined as a function of soil moisture for 12 classes of soil types ranging from sand to clay. A coupled heat and moisture balance model was used to describe the thermal behavior of the top soil, while microwave remote sensing was used to estimate the soil moisture content of the same top soil. Soil hydraulic parameters are found to be very highly correlated with the combination of soil moisture content and thermal inertia at the same moisture content. Therefore, a remotely sensed estimate of the thermal behavior of the soil from diurnal soil temperature observations and an independent remotely sensed estimate of soil moisture content gives the possibility of estimating soil hydraulic properties by remote sensing.

  17. Environmental and management impacts on temporal variability of soil hydraulic properties

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    Bodner, G.; Scholl, P.; Loiskandl, W.; Kaul, H.-P.

    2012-04-01

    Soil hydraulic properties underlie temporal changes caused by different natural and management factors. Rainfall intensity, wet-dry cycles, freeze-thaw cycles, tillage and plant effects are potential drivers of the temporal variability. For agricultural purposes it is important to determine the possibility of targeted influence via management. In no-till systems e.g. root induced soil loosening (biopores) is essential to counteract natural soil densification by settling. The present work studies two years of temporal evolution of soil hydraulic properties in a no-till crop rotation (durum wheat-field pea) with two cover crops (mustard and rye) having different root systems (taproot vs. fibrous roots) as well as a bare soil control. Soil hydraulic properties such as near-saturated hydraulic conductivity, flow weighted pore radius, pore number and macroporosity are derived from measurements using a tension infiltrometer. The temporal dynamics are then analysed in terms of potential driving forces. Our results revealed significant temporal changes of hydraulic conductivity. When approaching saturation, spatial variability tended to dominate over the temporal evolution. Changes in near-saturated hydraulic conductivity were mainly a result of changing pore number, while the flow weighted mean pore radius showed less temporal dynamic in the no-till system. Macroporosity in the measured range of 0 to -10 cm pressure head ranged from 1.99e-4 to 8.96e-6 m3m-3. The different plant coverage revealed only minor influences on the observed system dynamics. Mustard increased slightly the flow weighted mean pore radius, being 0.090 mm in mustard compared to 0.085 mm in bare soil and 0.084 mm in rye. Still pore radius changes were of minor importance for the overall temporal dynamics. Rainfall was detected as major driving force of the temporal evolution of structural soil hydraulic properties at the site. Soil hydraulic conductivity in the slightly unsaturated range (-7 cm to -10 cm) showed a similar time course as a moving average of rainfall. Drying induced a decrease in conductivity while wetting of the soil resulted in higher conductivity values. Approaching saturation however, the drying phase showed a different behaviour with increasing values of hydraulic conductivity. This may be explained probably by formation of cracks acting as large macropores. We concluded that aggregate coalescence as a function of capillary forces and soil rheologic properties (cf. Or et al., 2002) are a main predictor of temporal dynamics of near saturated soil hydraulic properties while different plant covers only had a minor effect on the observed system dynamics. Or, D., Ghezzehei, T.A. 2002. Modeling post-tillage soil structural dynamics. a review. Soil Till Res. 64, 41-59.

  18. Impact of land management on soil structure and soil hydraulic properties

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    Kodesova, Radka; Jirku, Veronika; Nikodem, Antonin; Muhlhanselova, Marcela; Zigova, Anna

    2010-05-01

    Study is focused on a comparison of a soil structure and soil hydraulic properties within soil profiles of a same soil type under different land management. Study was performed in Haplic Luvisol in Hnevceves the Czech Republic. Two soil profiles, which were in close distance from each other, were chosen: 1. under the conventional tillage, 2. under the permanent (30 years) grass cover. Soil sampling and field experiments were carried out immediately after the harvest of winter barley in 2008. The micromorphological images were used to evaluate the soil structure of all Ap, Bt1, Bt2 and C diagnostic horizons. The hydraulic properties of the diagnostic horizons were studied in the laboratory using multistep outflow experiments performed on the undisturbed 100-cm3 soil samples. A tension disc infiltrometer (with a disc radius of 10 cm) and minidisc tension infiltrometers (with a disc radius of 2.2 cm) were used to measure cumulative water infiltration under unsaturated conditions created using a pressure head of -2 cm. Measurements were performed at a depths of 5, 45, 75 and 110 cm, which corresponded to the Ap, Bt1, Bt2 and C horizons of studied Haplic Luvisol at both locations. The Guelph permeameter was used to measure cumulative water flux under surface ponding conditions. The depth of the drilled well was 10, 50, 80 and 115 cm, the well radius was 3 cm, and the well ponding depth was 5 cm. Both tests were used to evaluate hydraulic conductivity (K for h=-2cm, and Ks) values. Results showed, that while properties in the Bt2 and C horizons of both soil profiles were relatively similar, properties in the Ap and Bt1 horizons were different. The fraction of gravitational pores (which may cause preferential flow) in the Ap and Bt1 horizons of the soil profile under the convectional tillage was large than those in the Ap and Bt1 horizons of the soil profile under the permanent grass. This influenced for instance the Ks values measured using the Guelph permeametr. The Ks values were higher and more variable in the soil profile under the convectional tillage than those in the soil profile under the permanent grass. On the other hand, due to the periodical tillage and consequent soil structure breakdown, the fraction of the large capillary pores were smaller in the Ap horizon of the soil profile under the convectional tillage than that in the Ap horizon of the soil profile under the permanent grass. As result the K (h=-2cm) values measured using the tension infiltrometer in the soil profile under the permanent grass was higher than those in the soil profile under the convectional tillage. However, the fraction of the large capillary pores and K (h=-2cm) values were similar in the Bt1 horizons of both soil profiles. Thus the land management impacted both macropores and matrix pores in the Ap horizon and macropores (prismatic structure and biopores) in the Bt1 horizon. Acknowledgement: Authors acknowledge the financial support of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (grant No. GA CR 526/08/0434) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (grant No. MSM 6046070901).

  19. A modified hood infiltrometer to estimate the soil hydraulic properties from the transient water flow measurements

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    Moret-Fernández, D.; González-Cebollada, C.; Latorre, B.; Pérez, V.

    2015-11-01

    In-situ measurements of soil hydraulic properties on covered soil surfaces (i.e. vegetated or residue covered surfaces) are of paramount importance in many agronomic or hydrological researches. These soil parameters are commonly estimated with the tension infiltrometry technique. This paper presents a portable and modified design of the hood infiltrometer (MHI) that, unlike to the original hood infiltrometer, allows estimating the soil hydraulic properties from the transient cumulative infiltration curve. The MHI consists of a water-supply reservoir attaches to a hat-shaped base placed on the soil surface. The base of the hat is closed by a system of sticks and a malleable material ring. To test the viability of this new design, the hydraulic conductivity (Ks) estimated with MHI in a loam soil using the multiple head approach was compared to the corresponding values calculated from the transient infiltration curve analysis. Next, the MHI was tested on three different soils at saturated conditions, and the sorptivity (S) and Ks estimated by the transient infiltration curve analysis were compared to the corresponding values obtained with a disc infiltrometer (DI). An additional field experiment was performed to compare the hydraulic properties measured with MHI on a bare soil and a soil covered with plants. Results demonstrated that this design allows hermetically closing the base of the hat without disturbing the soil surface. The Ks estimated with the multiple head approach was not statistically different (p = 0.61) to that obtained with the transient infiltration curve analysis. No significant differences between the Ks (p = 0.66) and S (p = 0.50) values estimated with DI and MHI were observed. The S values measured with MHI on the covered soil surface were significantly higher than that measured on the adjacent bare soil. These results indicate that MHI can be a viable alternative to estimate the hydraulic properties of covered soils from the measured transient infiltration curve.

  20. The Effect of Soil Hydraulic Properties vs. Soil Texture in Land Surface Models

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    Gutmann, E. D.; Small, E. E.

    2005-01-01

    This study focuses on the effect of Soil Hydraulic Property (SHP) selection on modeled surface fluxes following a rain storm in a semi-arid environment. SHPs are often defined based on a Soil Texture Class (STC). To examine the effectiveness of this approach, the Noah land surface model was run with each of 1306 soils in a large SHP database. Within most STCs, the outputs have a range of 350 W/m2 for latent and sensible heat fluxes, and 8K for surface temperature. The average difference between STC median values is only 100 W/m2 for latent and sensible heat. It is concluded that STC explains 5-15% of the variance in model outputs and should not be used to determine SHPs.

  1. Unraveling the Spatial Complexity of Soil Hydraulic Properties in Semiarid Ecosystems

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    Levi, M. R.; Rasmussen, C.; Schaap, M. G.

    2011-12-01

    Soils serve as the living filter that controls cycling of energy, water, carbon, and nutrients. Land surface models that estimate soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfers require soil hydraulic property information to produce accurate results. Accurate datasets of hydraulic soil properties are of utmost concern for modeling soil-water dynamics in semiarid ecosystems because of the tight coupling of soil-water availability, storage and distribution, and primary productivity in water-limited ecosystems. Furthermore, soil properties in semiarid ecosystems exhibit tremendous spatial variability that is not captured well in existing soil datasets. Thus, a fundamental knowledge gap in understanding land-atmosphere interactions is accurate, high resolution representation of soil physical and hydraulic properties. Remote sensing techniques can bridge the gap between site-specific soil properties and landscape variability, thereby improving predictions of soil attributes. The overall objective of this research was to predict soil physical and hydraulic properties important for modeling semiarid ecosystem soil-water dynamics using digital soil mapping techniques that couple remotely sensed data, high resolution digital elevation models (DEM's) and spatial modeling with the aim of producing improved soil datasets for modeling land-atmosphere interactions. Surface reflectance (Landsat data pan sharpened to 15-m resolution) and 5-m resolution IFSAR derived elevation data were coupled with a data reduction technique that used an iterative principal component analysis (PCA) and factor loading determination to facilitate selection of the key auxiliary data layers for describing landscape soil variability. A conditioned Latin hypercube sampling design was used to optimize sampling and identify 53 sampling locations that best represent the distribution of auxiliary data layers determined by iterative PCA for a 6,070 ha landscape. Soils were sampled by genetic horizon to 30 cm depth and assessed for particle size distribution, coarse fragments, loss on ignition, and general chemical properties. Raster-based maps of soil properties were developed at a 5-m resolution with spatial interpolation methods by utilizing auxiliary data derived from Landsat and elevation and soil properties determined in the laboratory. Estimated raster soil property data were then used to predict soil hydraulic properties with using well established pedotransfer function model (Rosetta) that was optimized for southeastern Arizona soils. Rosetta is based on neural network analyses and a bootstrap technique to obtain the probability distribution of soil hydraulic parameters. Each soil property map is accompanied by an associated confidence map. Results demonstrate significant correlation between soil properties and remotely sensed surface reflectance and elevation data and provide a strong argument for the prediction of high resolution soil physical and hydraulic properties and associated parameter confidence across the landscape using these auxiliary. Quantitative prediction of soil attributes at landscape scale will improve modeling of hydrological and ecological responses to climate and land use change.

  2. Uncertainty in predicting soil hydraulic properties at the hillslope scale with indirect methods

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    Chirico, G. B.; Medina, H.; Romano, N.

    2007-02-01

    SummarySeveral hydrological applications require the characterisation of the soil hydraulic properties at large spatial scales. Pedotransfer functions (PTFs) are being developed as simplified methods to estimate soil hydraulic properties as an alternative to direct measurements, which are unfeasible for most practical circumstances. The objective of this study is to quantify the uncertainty in PTFs spatial predictions at the hillslope scale as related to the sampling density, due to: (i) the error in estimated soil physico-chemical properties and (ii) PTF model error. The analysis is carried out on a 2-km-long experimental hillslope in South Italy. The method adopted is based on a stochastic generation of patterns of soil variables using sequential Gaussian simulation, conditioned to the observed sample data. The following PTFs are applied: Vereecken's PTF [Vereecken, H., Diels, J., van Orshoven, J., Feyen, J., Bouma, J., 1992. Functional evaluation of pedotransfer functions for the estimation of soil hydraulic properties. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 56, 1371-1378] and HYPRES PTF [Wösten, J.H.M., Lilly, A., Nemes, A., Le Bas, C., 1999. Development and use of a database of hydraulic properties of European soils. Geoderma 90, 169-185]. The two PTFs estimate reliably the soil water retention characteristic even for a relatively coarse sampling resolution, with prediction uncertainties comparable to the uncertainties in direct laboratory or field measurements. The uncertainty of soil water retention prediction due to the model error is as much as or more significant than the uncertainty associated with the estimated input, even for a relatively coarse sampling resolution. Prediction uncertainties are much more important when PTF are applied to estimate the saturated hydraulic conductivity. In this case model error dominates the overall prediction uncertainties, making negligible the effect of the input error.

  3. Vertical variations of soil hydraulic properties within two soil profiles and its relevance for soil water simulations

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    Schwen, Andreas; Zimmermann, Michael; Bodner, Gernot

    2014-08-01

    Numerical simulations of soil water dynamics can be valuable tools for the assessment of different soil and land management practices. For accurate simulations, the soil hydraulic properties (SHP), i.e. the hydraulic conductivity and water retention function have to be properly known. They can be either estimated from physical soil properties by pedotransfer functions (PTF) or measured. In most studies, soil profiles are analyzed and sampled with respect to their pedogenic horizons. While considerable effort has been put on horizontal spatial SHP variations, vertical changes within soil profiles have not been analyzed in detail. Therefore, the objectives of this study were (i) the SHP measurement along vertical transects within two soil profiles, (ii) to evaluate their spatial variation and correlation with physical soil properties, and (iii) to assess the impact of the SHP determination method and its spatial discretization on simulated soil water balance components. Two soils, an agriculturally used silty-loam Chernozem and a forested sandy Cambisol were sampled in 0.05 m increments along vertical transects. The parameters of a dual porosity model were derived using the evaporation method and scaling was applied to derive representative mean SHP parameters and scaling factors as a measure of spatial variability. State-space models described spatial variations of the scaling factors by physical soil properties. Simulations with HYDRUS 1D delivered the soil water balance for different climatic conditions with the SHP being estimated from horizon-wise PTFs, or discretized either sample-wise, according to the pedogenic horizons, or as hydrologically relevant units (hydropedological approach). Considerable SHP variations were found for both soil profiles. In the Chernozem, variations of the hydraulic conductivity were largest within the ploughed Ap-horizon and could be attributed to variations in soil structure (macropores). In the subsoil, soil water retention showed a gradual decrease within each horizon. The observed water retention variations could be described by state-space models that comprised the contents of clay and total carbon, whereas variations of the hydraulic conductivity were described by clay content and total porosity. The hydraulic conductivity in the Cambisol was slightly undulating throughout the profile. Here, water retention was largest in the upper part of the profile and considerably decreased within the lower part of the Bhs-horizon. Simulated soil water balance components differed distinctly between the SHP discretizations. Compared to observed soil water contents, the simulations where the SHP were given by small-scale layers or hydropedological units performed best for both experimental sites. The different SHP discretizations mainly affected the estimated drainage losses and the simulated crop transpiration under medium to dry climatic conditions. The study confirmed the importance of an adequate spatial SHP discretization. The results indicate that SHP estimations by PTFs or the standard horizon-mean sampling strategy might fail to parameterize soil water simulations, especially in structured soils. The presented hydropedological approach showed a way to receive good simulation results by reducing the SHP observation density.

  4. Towards an improved database of soil hydraulic properties for The Netherlands

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    Wesseling, Jan; Vroon, Henk; Verzandvoort, Simone

    2010-05-01

    Soil hydraulic functions underpin many results of research for advise on environmental policy in The Netherlands. Examples include numerical simulations of the leaching of pesticides, nitrate and phosphate, the drying of natural areas due to the lowering of groundwater levels to benefit the agricultural sector, and of the soil water storage capacity in agricultural land and natural areas. Since the 1980s, the Staring series (Wösten et al. 1987, 1994, 2001) is used as the source of information for soil hydraulic functions of soils in The Netherlands. This database classifies soil hydraulic functions in groups of similar soil texture and organic matter content for topsoils and subsoils. Recent research has shown that the classification in the Staring series does not sufficiently differentiate soils with regard to their hydrological behaviour (Wesseling, 2009), and that there is an urgent need for the improvement of the measurement, functional description, and documentation of soil hydraulic functions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the measurements, functional description and documentation of the soil hydraulic functions included in the Staring Series, and to give recommendations for improvement. The results show the measuring techniques applied in The Netherlands generally yield data for pressure heads between approx. -100 and -600 cm. Both the wet range (h > -100 cm) and the dry range (h < -600 cm) are not measured but generally estimated with the Mualem-Van Genuchten approximation by fitting a curve through the measured calues and extrapolating at the wet and dry ends, thus yielding a high uncertainty. The application of the Mualem-Van Genuchten equations appear to limit the quality of the fits It appears to be impossible to fit a ulti-curved line with these kinds of equations. Mathematical alternatives like cubical splines were demonstrated to offer a promising alternative. The study shows that the systematic documentation of basic properties of the soil horizons to which the soil hydraulic functions refer offers the possibility to select soil hydraulic functions from broader groups in soil classifications, like the one employed in the Staring Series. The study demonstrates the set-up and implementation of a new database for soil hydraulic properties for The Netherlands.

  5. Integrated assessment of space, time, and management-related variability of soil hydraulic properties

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    Es, H.M. van; Ogden, C.B.; Hill, R.L.; Schindelbeck, R.R.; Tsegaye, T.

    1999-12-01

    Computer-based models that simulate soil hydrologic processes and their impacts on crop growth and contaminant transport depend on accurate characterization of soil hydraulic properties. Soil hydraulic properties have numerous sources of variability related to spatial, temporal, and management-related processes. Soil type is considered to be the dominant source of variability, and parameterization is typically based on soil survey databases. This study evaluated the relative significance of other sources of variability: spatial and temporal at multiple scales, and management-related factors. Identical field experiments were conducted for 3 yr. at two sites in New York on clay loam and silt loam soils, and at two sites in Maryland on silt loam and sandy loam soils, all involving replicated plots with plow-till and no-till treatments. Infiltrability was determined from 2054 measurements using parameters, and Campbell's a and b parameters were determined based on water-retention data from 875 soil cores. Variance component analysis showed that differences among the sites were the most important source of variability for a (coefficient of variation, CV = 44%) and b (CV = 23%). Tillage practices were the most important source of variability for infiltrability (CV = 10%). For all properties, temporal variability was more significant than field-scale spatial variability. Temporal and tillage effects were more significant for the medium- and fine-textured soils, and correlated to initial soil water conditions. The parameterization of soil hydraulic properties solely based on soil type may not be appropriate for agricultural lands since soil-management factors are more significant. Sampling procedures should give adequate recognition to soil-management and temporal processes at significant sources of variability to avoid biased results.

  6. Effects of spatial variability of soil hydraulic properties on water dynamics

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    Gumiere, Silvio Jose; Caron, Jean; Périard, Yann; Lafond, Jonathan

    2013-04-01

    Soil hydraulic properties may present spatial variability and dependence at the scale of watersheds or fields even in man-made single soil structures, such as cranberry fields. The saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) and soil moisture curves were measured at two depths for three cranberry fields (about 2 ha) at three different sites near Québec city, Canada. Two of the three studied fields indicate strong spatial dependence for Ksat values and soil moisture curves both in horizontal and vertical directions. In the summer of 2012, the three fields were equipped with 55 tensiometers installed at a depth of 0.10 m in a regular grid. About 20 mm of irrigation water were applied uniformly by aspersion to the fields, raising soil water content to near saturation condition. Soil water tension was measured once every hour during seven days. Geostatistical techniques such as co-kriging and cross-correlograms estimations were used to investigate the spatial dependence between variables. The results show that soil tension varied faster in high Ksat zones than in low Ksatones in the cranberry fields. These results indicate that soil water dynamic is strongly affected by the variability of saturated soil hydraulic conductivity, even in a supposed homogenous anthropogenic soil. This information may have a strong impact in irrigation management and subsurface drainage efficiency as well as other water conservation issues. Future work will involve 3D numerical modeling of the field water dynamics with HYDRUS software. The anticipated outcome will provide valuable information for the understanding of the effect of spatial variability of soil hydraulic properties on soil water dynamics and its relationship with crop production and water conservation.

  7. Effects of native forest restoration on soil hydraulic properties, Auwahi, Maui, Hawaiian Islands

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    Perkins, K. S.; Nimmo, J. R.; Medeiros, A. C.

    2012-03-01

    Over historic time Hawai‘i's dryland forests have been largely replaced by grasslands for grazing livestock. On-going efforts have been undertaken to restore dryland forests to bring back native species and reduce erosion. The reestablishment of native ecosystems on land severely degraded by long-term alternative use requires reversal of the impacts of erosion, organic-matter loss, and soil structural damage on soil hydraulic properties. This issue is perhaps especially critical in dryland forests where the soil must facilitate native plants' optimal use of limited water. These reforestation efforts depend on restoring soil ecological function, including soil hydraulic properties. We hypothesized that reforestation can measurably change soil hydraulic properties over restoration timescales. At a site on the island of Maui (Hawai‘i, USA), we measured infiltration capacity, hydrophobicity, and abundance of preferential flow channels in a deforested grassland and in an adjacent area where active reforestation has been going on for fourteen years. Compared to the nearby deforested rangeland, mean field-saturated hydraulic conductivity in the newly restored forest measured by 55 infiltrometer tests was greater by a factor of 2.0. Hydrophobicity on an 8-point scale increased from average category 6.0 to 6.9. A 4-point empirical categorization of preferentiality in subsurface wetting patterns increased from an average 1.3 in grasslands to 2.6 in the restored forest. All of these changes act to distribute infiltrated water faster and deeper, as appropriate for native plant needs. This study indicates that vegetation restoration can lead to ecohydrologically important changes in soil hydraulic properties over decadal time scales.

  8. Using the NRCS National Soils Information System (NASIS) to provide soil hydraulic properties for engineering applications

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    Modern agricultural, biological, and environmental engineers have a multitude of uses for soil hydraulic parameters that quantify the ability of soils and sediments to retain and transmit water. These parameters are difficult and costly to obtain, especially if large areas of land need to be charac...

  9. Estimation of effective soil hydraulic properties at field scale via ground albedo neutron sensing

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    Rivera Villarreyes, C. A.; Baroni, G.; Oswald, S. E.

    2012-04-01

    Upscaling of soil hydraulic parameters is a big challenge in hydrological research, especially in model applications of water and solute transport processes. In this contest, numerous attempts have been made to optimize soil hydraulic properties using observations of state variables such as soil moisture. However, in most of the cases the observations are limited at the point-scale and then transferred to the model scale. In this way inherent small-scale soil heterogeneities and non-linearity of dominate processes introduce sources of error that can produce significant misinterpretation of hydrological scenarios and unrealistic predictions. On the other hand, remote-sensed soil moisture over large areas is also a new promising approach to derive effective soil hydraulic properties over its observation footprint, but it is still limited to the soil surface. In this study we present a new methodology to derive soil moisture at the intermediate scale between point-scale observations and estimations at the remote-sensed scale. The data are then used for the estimation of effective soil hydraulic parameters. In particular, ground albedo neutron sensing (GANS) was used to derive non-invasive soil water content in a footprint of ca. 600 m diameter and a depth of few decimeters. This approach is based on the crucial role of hydrogen compared to other landscape materials as neutron moderator. As natural neutron measured aboveground depends on soil water content, the vertical footprint of the GANS method, i.e. its penetration depth, does also. Firstly, this study was designed to evaluate the dynamics of GANS vertical footprint and derive a mathematical model for its prediction. To test GANS-soil moisture and its penetration depth, it was accompanied by other soil moisture measurements (FDR) located at 5, 20 and 40 cm depths over the GANS horizontal footprint in a sunflower field (Brandenburg, Germany). Secondly, a HYDRUS-1D model was set up with monitored values of crop height and meteorological variables as input during a four-month period. Parameter estimation (PEST) software was coupled to HYDRUS-1D in order to calibrate soil hydraulic properties based on soil water content data. Thirdly, effective soil hydraulic properties were derived from GANS-soil moisture. Our observations show the potential of GANS to compensate the lack of information at the intermediate scale, soil water content estimation and effective soil properties. Despite measurement volumes, GANS-derived soil water content compared quantitatively to FDRs at several depths. For one-hour estimations, root mean square error was estimated as 0.019, 0.029 and 0.036 m3/m3 for 5 cm, 20 cm and 40 cm depths, respectively. In the context of soil hydraulic properties, this first application of GANS method succeed and its estimations were comparable to those derived by other approaches.

  10. Measuring Particle Size Distribution using Laser Diffraction: Implications for Predicting Soil Hydraulic Properties

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    Methods to predict soil hydraulic properties frequently require information on the particle size distribution (PSD). The objectives of this study were to investigate various protocols for rapidly measuring PSD using the laser diffraction technique, compare the obtained PSDs with those determined usi...

  11. Modeling the hydrologicEffects of Spatial Heterogeneity in Soil Hydraulic Properties in a Mountainous Watershed, Northwest China

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    He, C.; Jin, X.; Zhang, L.; Zhang, X.

    2014-12-01

    Heterogeneity of soil hydraulic properties directly affects variations of hydrological processes at corresponding scales. Understanding spatial variation of soil hydraulic properties such as soil moisture is therefore fundamental for modeling watershed ecohydrological processes. As part of the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) funded ''Integrated Ecohydrological Research Plan of the Heihe River Watershed'', this study established an observation network that consists of sampling points, zones, and tributaries to analyze spatial variations of soil hydraulic properties in the Upper Reach of the Heihe River Watershed, a second largest inland river (terminal lake) with a drainage area of over 128,000 km2 in Northwest China. Spatial heterogeneity of soil properties was analyzed based on the large number of soil sampling and in situ observations. The spatial clustering method, Full-Order-CLK was employed to derive five soil heterogeneous zones (Configuration 97, 80, 65, 40, and 20). Subsequently, SWAT model was used to quantify the impact of the spatial heterogeneity of soil hydraulic properties on hydrologic process in the study watershed. Results show the simulations by the SWAT model with the spatially clustered soil hydraulic information from the field sampling data had much better representation of the soil heterogeneity and more accurate performance than the model using the average soil property values for each soil type derived from the coarse soil datasets (Gansu Soil Handbook at 1:1,000,000 scale). Thus, incorporating detailed field sampling soil heterogeneity data greatly improves performance in hydrologic modeling.

  12. SOIL HYDRAULIC AND ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES FOR DIFFERENT SOILS, SLOPES, AND CROP ROTATIONS

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    Crop management can alter soil physical properties, but variability of these properties may mask treatment effects. The purpose of this study was to compare soil physical property variation under two crop rotations, and to examine interrelations among different soil physical properties. A six-year r...

  13. Assessing the influence of the rhizosphere on soil hydraulic properties using X-ray computed tomography and numerical modelling

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    Daly, Keith R.; Mooney, Sacha J.; Bennett, Malcolm J.; Crout, Neil M. J.; Roose, Tiina; Tracy, Saoirse R.

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the dynamics of water distribution in soil is crucial for enhancing our knowledge of managing soil and water resources. The application of X-ray computed tomography (CT) to the plant and soil sciences is now well established. However, few studies have utilized the technique for visualizing water in soil pore spaces. Here this method is utilized to visualize the water in soil in situ and in three-dimensions at successive reductive matric potentials in bulk and rhizosphere soil. The measurements are combined with numerical modelling to determine the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity, providing a complete picture of the hydraulic properties of the soil. The technique was performed on soil cores that were sampled adjacent to established roots (rhizosphere soil) and from soil that had not been influenced by roots (bulk soil). A water release curve was obtained for the different soil types using measurements of their pore geometries derived from CT imaging and verified using conventional methods, such as pressure plates. The water, soil, and air phases from the images were segmented and quantified using image analysis. The water release characteristics obtained for the contrasting soils showed clear differences in hydraulic properties between rhizosphere and bulk soil, especially in clay soil. The data suggest that soils influenced by roots (rhizosphere soil) are less porous due to increased aggregation when compared with bulk soil. The information and insights obtained on the hydraulic properties of rhizosphere and bulk soil will enhance our understanding of rhizosphere biophysics and improve current water uptake models. PMID:25740922

  14. The effect of biofilms on the hydraulic properties of unsaturated soils

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    Rosenzweig, R.; Shavit, U.; Furman, A.

    2012-12-01

    Biofilm presence in soils is known to significantly alter hydraulic properties by increasing the soil water holding capacity and by reducing its hydraulic conductivity. Up to date most of the research has been focused on saturated conditions, while only a limited attention was devoted to the hydraulic properties under unsaturated conditions. The influence of biofilms on soil hydraulic properties under variably-saturated conditions is addressed by combining soil-column experiments and pore network models. The results provide a quantitative description of how water content, the water retention curve and the hydraulic conductivity change due to the presence of biofilms. The column experiments demonstrated that preferential biofilm growth near the column inlet led to an almost two orders of magnitude reduction in the saturated conductivity. Biochemical assays showed that this conductivity reduction is the result of occupying only ~1.5% of the inlet pore-volume by bacterial cells. In the modeling part, the soil pore-space is simulated as a network of triangular channels. A time-dependent network model was developed for simulating the coupled problem of water flow, substrate transport, and biofilm growth. The results show that biofilm dynamics and water flow are highly sensitive to mass transfer limitations at the biofilm-water interface. The use of a low mass transfer coefficient at the biofilm-water interface results in a relatively homogeneous biofilm distribution and a moderate conductivity reduction, while the use of a high value leads to a sharp conductivity reduction due to preferential clogging of the inlet, as found in our experiments.

  15. Soil hydraulic properties estimate based on numerical analysis of disc infiltrometer three-dimensional infiltration curve

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    Latorre, Borja; Peña-Sancho, Carolina; Angulo-Jaramillo, Rafaël; Moret-Fernández, David

    2015-04-01

    Measurement of soil hydraulic properties is of paramount importance in fields such as agronomy, hydrology or soil science. Fundamented on the analysis of the Haverkamp et al. (1994) model, the aim of this paper is to explain a technique to estimate the soil hydraulic properties (sorptivity, S, and hydraulic conductivity, K) from the full-time cumulative infiltration curves. The method (NSH) was validated by means of 12 synthetic infiltration curves generated with HYDRUS-3D from known soil hydraulic properties. The K values used to simulate the synthetic curves were compared to those estimated with the proposed method. A procedure to identify and remove the effect of the contact sand layer on the cumulative infiltration curve was also developed. A sensitivity analysis was performed using the water level measurement as uncertainty source. Finally, the procedure was evaluated using different infiltration times and data noise. Since a good correlation between the K used in HYDRUS-3D to model the infiltration curves and those estimated by the NSH method was obtained, (R2 =0.98), it can be concluded that this technique is robust enough to estimate the soil hydraulic conductivity from complete infiltration curves. The numerical procedure to detect and remove the influence of the contact sand layer on the K and S estimates seemed to be robust and efficient. An effect of the curve infiltration noise on the K estimate was observed, which uncertainty increased with increasing noise. Finally, the results showed that infiltration time was an important factor to estimate K. Lower values of K or smaller uncertainty needed longer infiltration times.

  16. Multiobjective Optimization of Effective Soil Hydraulic Properties on a Lysimeter from a Layered, Gravelly Vadose Zone

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    Werisch, Stefan; Lennartz, Franz

    2013-04-01

    Estimation of effective soil hydraulic parameters for characterization of the vadose zone properties is important for many applications from prediction of solute and pesticide transport to water balance modeling in small catchments. Inverse modeling has become a common approach to infer the parameters of the water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions from dynamic experiments under varying boundary conditions. To gain further inside into to the water transport behavior of an agricultural field site with a layered, gravelly vadose zone, a lysimeter was taken and equipped with a total of 48 sensors (24 tensiometers and 24 water content probes). The sensors were arranged in 6 vertical arrays consisting of 4 sensor pairs, respectively. Pressure heads and water contents were measured in four depths in each of the arrays allowing for the estimation of the soil hydraulic properties of the three individual soil layers by inverse modeling. For each of the soil horizons, a separate objective function was defined to fit the model to the observation. We used the global multiobjective multimethod search algorithm AMALGAM (Vrugt et al., 2007) in combination with the water flow and solute transport model Hydrus1D (Šimúnek et al., 2008) to estimate the soil hydraulic properties of the Mualem van Genuchten model (van Genuchten, 1980). This experimental design served for the investigation of two important questions: a) do effective soil hydraulic properties at the lysimeter scale exist, more specifically: can a single representative parameter set be found which describes the hydraulic behavior in each of the arrays with acceptable performance? And b) which degree of freedom is necessary or required for an accurate description of the one dimensional water flow at each of the arrays? Effective soil hydraulic parameters were obtained for each of the sensor arrays individually, resulting in good agreement between the model predictions and the observations for the individual soil horizons. However, no general parameter set could be identified to describe the integral water flow over all arrays with acceptable performance due to the high degree of horizontal heterogeneity within the soil horizons. Furthermore it is shown that some of the hydraulic parameters are well defined, while others are associated with high uncertainties, e.g. the saturated hydraulic conductivity and the residual water content. van Genuchten, M. Th., 1980: A closed form equation for predicting the hydraulic conductivity of unsaturated soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 44, 892-898. Šimúnek, J., Šejna, M., Saito, H., Sakai, M. & van Genuchten, M. Th., 2008: The Hydrus-1D Software Package for Simulating the Movement of Water, Heat, and Multiple Solutes in Variably Saturated Media, Version 4.0, HYDRUS Software Series 3, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, USA, pp. 315. Vrugt, J.A. and Robinson, B.A. 2007: Improved evolutionary optimization from genetically adaptive multimethod search, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 104, 708 - 711.

  17. Effect of mineral reactions on the hydraulic properties of unsaturated soils: Model development and application

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    Wissmeier, L.; Barry, D. A.

    2009-08-01

    The selective radius shift model was used to relate changes in mineral volume due to precipitation/dissolution reactions to changes in hydraulic properties affecting flow in porous media. The model accounts for (i) precipitation/dissolution taking place only in the water-filled part of the pore space and further that (ii) the amount of mineral precipitation/dissolution within a pore depends on the local pore volume. The pore bundle concept was used to connect pore-scale changes to macroscopic soil hydraulic properties. Precipitation/dissolution induces changes in the pore radii of water-filled pores and, consequently, in the effective porosity. In a time step of the numerical model, mineral reactions lead to a discontinuous pore-size distribution because only the water-filled pores are affected. The pore-size distribution is converted back to a soil moisture characteristic function to which a new water retention curve is fitted under physically plausible constraints. The model equations were derived for the commonly used van Genuchten/Mualem hydraulic properties. Together with a mixed-form solution of Richards' equation for aqueous phase flow, the model was implemented into the geochemical modelling framework PHREEQC, thereby making available PHREEQC's comprehensive geochemical reactions. Example applications include kinetic halite dissolution and calcite precipitation as a consequence of cation exchange. These applications showed marked changes in the soil's hydraulic properties due to mineral precipitation/dissolution and the dependency of these changes on water contents. The simulations also revealed the strong influence of the degree of saturation on the development of the saturated hydraulic conductivity through its quadratic dependency on the van Genuchten parameter α. Furthermore, it was shown that the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity at fixed reduced water content can even increase during precipitation due to changes in the pore-size distribution.

  18. Effect of Mineral Reactions on the Hydraulic Properties of Unsaturated Soils: Model Development and Application

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    Wissmeier, L. C.; Barry, D. A.

    2008-12-01

    Precipitation/dissolution induces changes in the pore radii of water-filled pores, and, consequently, affects flow in porous media. The selective radius shift model was developed to relate changes in mineral volume due to precipitation/dissolution reactions to changes in hydraulic properties of unsaturated soils. The model considers the dependency of the amount of mineral precipitation/dissolution within a pore on the local pore volume. Furthermore, it accounts for precipitation/dissolution taking place only in the water-filled part of the pore space. The pore bundle concept was used to relate the pore-scale process of dissolution/precipitation to changes in macroscopic soil hydraulic properties. In the numerical model, the finite change in mineral volume at a discrete time step leads to a discontinuous pore-size distribution, because only the water-filled pores are affected. This pore-size distribution is converted back to a discontinuous soil moisture characteristic to which, at every time step, a new water retention curve is fitted under physically plausible constraints. The model equations were derived for the commonly used van Genuchten/Mualem hydraulic properties. Together with the selective radius shift model a head-based solution of Richards' equation for aqueous phase flow was implemented into the geochemical modelling framework PHREEQC, thereby making available PHREEQC's comprehensive geochemical reactions. The model was applied to kinetic halite dissolution and calcite precipitation as a consequence of cation exchange in a variety of unsaturated flow situations. The applications showed marked changes in the soil's hydraulic properties due to mineral precipitation/dissolution and the dependency of these changes on the water content. Furthermore, it was shown that the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity at fixed reduced water content can even increase during precipitation due to changes in the pore-size distribution.

  19. Modeling the impacts of soil hydraulic properties on temporal stability of soil moisture under a semi-arid climate

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    Wang, Tiejun

    2014-11-01

    Despite the significant spatiotemporal variability of soil moisture, the phenomenon of temporal stability of soil moisture (TS SM) has been widely observed in field studies. However, the lack of understandings of the factors that control TS SM has led to some contradictory findings about TS SM. To resolve this issue, numerical models may offer an alternative way to complement field studies by quantifying different controls on TS SM. In this study, a 1-D vadose zone model was adopted to simulate daily soil moisture contents, which were used to compute the mean relative difference (MRD) and standard deviation of relative difference (SDRD) of soil moisture. Different from recent modeling studies, a soil dataset was employed with 200 samples of correlated soil hydraulic parameters for sandy soils. Compared to the results of previous modeling studies, more reasonable patterns of MRD and SDRD that resembled field observations were produced. By varying soil hydraulic parameter values, different patterns of MRD and SDRD could also be generated, implying variations in soil hydraulic properties could partly control the patterns of MRD and SDRD. More specifically, the residual soil moisture content (θr) was found to be the primary control on MRD, mainly due to the semi-arid climate that was simulated. By fixing θr, however, a highly nonlinear relationship emerged between MRD and the shape factor n in the van Genuchten model, which resulted in the positively skewed distributions of MRD widely observed for sandy soils in field experiments. Moreover, both the range and skewness of the distributions of MRD were affected by the range of n. In addition, with increasing n, a positive correlation between MRD and the shape factor l in the van Genuchten model was also found. The simulation results suggested that the control of soil hydraulic properties on MRD might weaken for areas under bare surface conditions or for regions with more humid climates due to elevated soil moisture contents. Therefore, the impacts of soil hydraulic properties on TS SM may vary under different climate regimes.

  20. Fire Induced Changes in Soil Structure: Implications for Soil Hydraulic Properties and Aeolian Suspension Potential in the Great Basin, USA

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    Shafer, D. S.; Dubois, D. W.; Chief, K.; Berli, M.; Miller, J. J.; Young, M.

    2009-12-01

    Most studies on post-fire effects lack a true comparison to pre-fire conditions. The Upper Gleason controlled burn in a Pinus monophylla/Juniperus Osteosperma (single-leaf pinyon pine/Utah juniper) and Artemisia sp. (sagebrush) transition zone in east central Nevada (elevation range 2183 to 2397 m) was used to test hypotheses on how fire-induced changes in soil structure affect soil hydraulic and aeolian suspension properties. The area to be burned had moderate subangular blocky soil structure. However, where other controlled burns had been done nearby, this structure had collapsed into a structureless soil, rich in fine particles. Prior to the fire, a plot within the area to be burned and a control plot were established where soil samples were collected for bulk density, total C, and total organic C analyses; and a multi-disc tension infiltrometer and an air permeameter were used to measure saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) and air permeability (ka). Water drop penetration time (WDPT) was measured for detection of hydrophobic conditions, and a portable wind tunnel (PI-SWERLTM) was used to measure wind shear required to induce aeolian transport of fine particles. For both the soil hydraulic and aeolian transport properties, measurements were made in both intercanopy and undercanopy microsites. Thermocouples were buried at 0.10 m depth for point measurements of near surface soil temperature during the fire. The 470 hectare burn was conducted on 12 August 2009. Post-fire samples and measurements of the same soil property parameters are being made at the burned plot as well as in the control area. WDPT tests conducted one-week after the fire indicated slight water repellency at intercanopy sites. The soils most susceptible to aeolian erosion were on undercanopy sites that burned. Hypotheses include that 1) the fire will alter soil structure, increasing soil bulk density, and decreasing soil hydraulic conductivity and air permeability, a set of conditions that would increase the potential for soil erosion by water; and 2) the loss of soil structure will disaggregate soil material that would be more prone to suspension by wind at lower wind velocities compared to pre-burn conditions. The Upper Gleason fire caused uneven breakdown of the subangular structure on the surface. Additional changes in soil structure (e.g., compaction) may occur following other post-fire events such as heavy precipitation (rain or snowfall).

  1. Scaling soil hydraulic properties: concepts and a research example

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    Scale issues remain central to hydrological science, and targeted land management decisions depend on predictions of space-time process interactions in complex terrain. Spatial variability in soils above the measurement scale must be quantified and typically scaled up to determine “effective” hydrau...

  2. Development of soil hydraulic soil properties below ancient forest, planted forest and grassland

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    Archer, Nicole; Otten, Wilfred; Schmidt, Sonja; Bengough, Glyn; Bonell, Mike; Shah, Nadeem

    2014-05-01

    A number of serious flood events in recent years have focused attention on flood prevention and mitigation and modelling work suggests that climate change will lead to an increase in the intensity and frequency of flood events in many areas. To understand how soil hydraulic characteristics develops in relation to facilitating the infiltration and storage of storm rainfall, a hypothetical pedogensis sequence was first developed and then tested by investigating a grassland site and four Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forests of different ages in the Scottish Highlands. These sites are: grassland, six and 45 year-old Scots pine plantations, remnant 300 year old individual Scots pines and a 4000 year old Caledonian Forest. The soil characteristics measured were: field saturated hydraulic conductivity (Kfs) using a constant head well permeameter, root numbers and proportion were estimated from soil pits and soil cores were taken for three different soil depths (0.06 - 0.10, 0.16 - 0.20 and 0.26 to 0.40m) for laboratory measurements to estimate organic matter, soil water release curves, macro-pores, and X - ray tomography measured pore connectivity and soil pore structure. It was observed that cutting down of the plantation increased organic matter because of the increase of dead biomass and decreased pore connectivity, which resulted in reduced hydraulic conductivity during the early years of re-afforestation. Where older trees were left, after cutting and removing younger trees; the range of OM, hydraulic conductivity, pore connectivity, and macropores remained similar to and older Scots pine plantation (45 years old). The undisturbed Ancient Caledonian remnant forest (approximately 4000 years old) was observed to have remarkably heterogeneous soil characteristics, providing extreme values of Kfs (12 to 4992 mm hr-1), OM, and macropores. Such ranges of soil characteristics were considered to be the optimum to reduce local flooding, because the soil matrix could transport high intensity storm rainfall and re-direct storm rainfall to deeper layers and the presence of micropores and larger quantity of OM provides a greater area to store. This combination of soil characteristics would slow down the flow of rainfall to ground water reservoirs and rivers and reduce flood peaks.

  3. New geometry factors for hydraulic property-based soil solution electrical conductivity models

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    Das, Bhabani S.; Wraith, Jon M.

    2000-11-01

    Improved methods are needed to intensively measure ionic solutes in soils. The concentration Ci of ionic solutes in soils is directly proportional to soil solution electrical conductivity ?w. Time domain reflectometry (TDR) measures both soil water content ? and bulk soil electrical conductivity ?a using the same probes. However, physical/conceptual models are required along with TDR measurements in order to use TDR for in situ estimates of Ci. We discuss a modeling approach [Mualem and Friedman, 1991] based on assumed analogy between tortuosity of electrical and hydraulic flow paths in variably saturated soils. We review the model approach, then derive a general expression for a pore geometry factor FG considering flow of electrical current through randomly distributed capillary soil pores. Two FG are derived based on two conceptual considerations of tortuous capillary length. Four water retention models (WRM) are used to describe soil hydraulic properties in the FG. When fitted to the same measured water retention data, the four WRMs provided substantially different magnitudes for FG. The model was then compared in terms of ?w estimates using the two new FG in combination with field-measured ? and ?a. One of the new FG produced smaller estimated ?w than did that proposed in the original model. This is desirable based on our own and several other published comparisons that indicated the original model may overestimate ?w in comparison with independent measurements.

  4. Selected soil physical and hydraulic properties for different crop successions under no tillage

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    Sasal, M. C.; Castiglioni, M.; Paz-Ferreiro, J.; Wilson, M. G.; Oszust, J.

    2009-04-01

    No tillage is now widely widespread in Argentina in response to several circumstances, including limited runoff and a drop in soil erosion. Crop residues left on the soil surface help both natural rainfall and irrigation water infiltrate and also limits evaporation, conserving water for plant growth. This notwithstanding, wide differences in runoff rates between crop succession have been observed under no tillage. The aim of this work was to assess the effect of the main crop successions of Entre Ríos province, Argentina on selected soil physic and hydraulic properties. Results obtained on no-till plots were compared with those recorded on a 10-years old grassland plot and on a conventionally tilled plot left bare, both of them taken as references. The study soil was classified as an Aquic Argiudoll. Treatments were: maize and soybean, both cropped as monoculture, succession wheat/soybean or wheat/maize, grassland and conventionally tilled soil left bare. Soil runoff was recorded on experimental plots 100 m2 in surface. Saturated hydraulic conductivity (Khc) and sorptivity were measured in field conditions using a disc permeameter. Bulk density (Bd), saturated hydraulic conductivity (Kh) total porosity (TP) and pore size distributions were determined on undisturbed cores sampled at the 0-4 and 4-8 cm depth with five replications. Maximum water losses were recorded in bare soils conventionally tilled. Under maize and soybean monocultures water losses were six time higher than under grassland. Water losses under successions wheat/soybean-maize were lower than under monoculture but not significantly different. Field saturated hydraulic conductivity (Khc) was highest under grassland and the remaining treatments don't showed significant differences. Differences in sorptivity between plots were not significantly different. A significant relationship was found between saturated hydraulic conductivity measured in field conditions (Khc) and determined in soil cores (Kh) and on average the later was 2.5 times higher than the former. Soil pore space with diameters >50 m was higher under grassland at both sampling depths and showed no significant differences between other treatments. Saturated hydraulic conductivity (Khc), TP and Bd showed a significant relationship at the 0-4 cm depth. Runoff variance was explained by TP and partial porosity

  5. Laboratory evaporation experiments in undisturbed peat columns for determining peat soil hydraulic properties

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    Dettmann, U.; Frahm, E.; Bechtold, M.

    2013-12-01

    Knowledge about hydraulic properties of organic soils is crucial for the interpretation of the hydrological situation in peatlands. This in turn is the basis for designing optimal rewetting strategies, for assessing the current and future climatic water balance and for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions of CO2, CH4 and N2O, which are strongly controlled by the depth of the peat water table. In contrast to mineral soils, the hydraulic properties of organic soils differ in several aspects. Due to the high amount of organic components, strong heterogeneity, and shrinkage and swelling of peat, accompanied by changing soil volume and bulk density, the applicability of standard hydraulic functions developed for mineral soils for describing peat soil moisture dynamics is often questioned. Hence, the objective of this study was to investigate the applicability of the commonly applied van Genuchten-Mualem (VGM) parameterization and to evaluate model errors for various peat types. Laboratory column experiments with undisturbed peat soils (diameter: 30 cm, height: 20 cm) from 5 different peatlands in Germany were conducted. In numerical simulations using HYDRUS-1D the experimental data were used for an inverse estimation of the soil hydraulic parameters. Using the VGM parameterization, the model errors between observed and measured pressure heads were quantified with a root mean square error (RMSE) of 20 - 65 cm. The RMSE increased for soils with higher organic carbon content and higher porosity. Optimizing the VGM 'tortuosity' parameter (τ) instead of fixing it to its default of 0.5 strongly reduced the RMSE, especially for the soils that showed high pressure head gradients during the experiment. Due to the fact, that very negative pressure heads in peatlands occur rarely, we reduced the range of pressured heads in the inversion to a 'field-relevant' range from 0 to -200 cm which strongly reduced the RMSE to 6 - 12 cm and makes the VGM parameterization applicable for all investigated peat soils. For the field-relevant scale, especially for very wet conditions, we demonstrate the importance of macro-pores by using a simple macro-pore approach, with only 1 additional parameter, i.e. the macro-pore fraction, which strongly reduced the RMSE down to 1 - 7 cm. Since τ has not been identified as an important parameter for the field-relevant range, only 5 parameters were optimized in this approach. This keeps the derivation of the parameters manageable and thus provides a model that is applicable to practical issues.

  6. Relationship between hydraulic properties and plant coverage of the closed-landfill soils in Piacenza (Po Valley, Italy)

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    Cassinari, C.; Manfredi, P.; Giupponi, L.; Trevisan, M.; Piccini, C.

    2015-07-01

    In this paper the results of a study of soil hydraulic properties and plant coverage of a landfill located in Piacenza (Po Valley, Italy) are presented, together with the attempt to relate the hydraulic properties in relation with plant coverage. The measured soil water retention curve was first compared with the output of pedotransfer functions taken from the literature and then compared with the output of the same pedotransfer functions applied to a reference soil. The landfill plant coverage was also studied. The relationship between soil hydraulic properties and plant coverage showed that the landfill soils have a low water content available for plants. The soils' low water content, together with a lack of depth and a compacted structure, justifies the presence of a nitrophilous, disturbed-soil vegetation type, dominated by ephemeral annual species (therophytes).

  7. Linking hydraulic properties of fire-affected soils to infiltration and water repellency

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    Moody, J.A.; Kinner, D.A.; Ubeda, X.

    2009-01-01

    Heat from wildfires can produce a two-layer system composed of extremely dry soil covered by a layer of ash, which when subjected to rainfall, may produce extreme floods. To understand the soil physics controlling runoff for these initial conditions, we used a small, portable disk infiltrometer to measure two hydraulic properties: (1) near-saturated hydraulic conductivity, Kf and (2) sorptivity, S(??i), as a function of initial soil moisture content, ??i, ranging from extremely dry conditions (??i < 0.02 cm3 cm-3) to near saturation. In the field and in the laboratory replicate measurements were made of ash, reference soils, soils unaffected by fire, and fire-affected soils. Each has a different degrees of water repellency that influences Kf and S(??i). Values of Kf ranged from 4.5 ?? 10-3 to 53 ?? 10-3 cm s-1 for ash; from 0.93 ?? 10-3 to 130 ?? 10-3 cm s-1 for reference soils; and from 0.86 ?? 10-3 to 3.0 ?? 10-3 cm s-1, for soil unaffected by fire, which had the lowest values of Kf. Measurements indicated that S(??i) could be represented by an empirical non-linear function of ??i with a sorptivity maximum of 0.18-0.20 cm s-0.5, between 0.03 and 0.08 cm3 cm-3. This functional form differs from the monotonically decreasing non-linear functions often used to represent S(??i) for rainfall-runoff modeling. The sorptivity maximum may represent the combined effects of gravity, capillarity, and adsorption in a transitional domain corresponding to extremely dry soil, and moreover, it may explain the observed non-linear behavior, and the critical soil-moisture threshold of water repellent soils. Laboratory measurements of Kf and S(??i) are the first for ash and fire-affected soil, but additional measurements are needed of these hydraulic properties for in situ fire-affected soils. They provide insight into water repellency behavior and infiltration under extremely dry conditions. Most importantly, they indicate how existing rainfall-runoff models can be modified to accommodate a possible two-layer system in extremely dry conditions. These modified models can be used to predict floods from burned watersheds under these initial conditions.

  8. The relevance of in-situ and laboratory characterization of sandy soil hydraulic properties for soil water simulations

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    Rezaei, Meisam; Seuntjens, Piet; Shahidi, Reihaneh; Joris, Ingeborg; Boënne, Wesley; Al-Barri, Bashar; Cornelis, Wim

    2016-03-01

    Field water flow processes can be precisely delineated with proper sets of soil hydraulic properties derived from in situ and/or laboratory experiments. In this study we analyzed and compared soil hydraulic properties obtained by traditional laboratory experiments and inverse optimization tension infiltrometer data along the vertical direction within two typical Podzol profiles with sand texture in a potato field. The main goal was to identify proper sets of hydraulic parameters and to evaluate their relevance on hydrological model performance for irrigation management purposes. Tension disc infiltration experiments were carried out at four and five different depths for both profiles at consecutive negative pressure heads of 12, 6, 3 and 0.1 cm. At the same locations and depths undisturbed samples were taken to determine Mualem-van Genuchten (MVG) hydraulic parameters (θr, residual water content, θs, saturated water content, α and n, shape parameters and Kls, lab saturated hydraulic conductivity) in the laboratory. Results demonstrated horizontal differences and vertical variability of hydraulic properties. The tension disc infiltration data fitted well in inverse modeling using Hydrus 2D/3D in combination with final water content at the end of the experiment, θf. Four MVG parameters (θs, α, n and field saturated hydraulic conductivity Kfs) were estimated (θr set to zero), with estimated Kls and α values being relatively similar to values from Wooding's solution which used as initial value and estimated θs corresponded to (effective) field saturated water content, θf. The laboratory measurement of Kls yielded 2-30 times higher values than the field method Kfs from top to subsoil layers, while there was a significant correlation between both Ks values (r = 0.75). We found significant differences of MVG parameters θs, n and α values between laboratory and field measurements, but again a significant correlation was observed between laboratory and field MVG parameters namely Ks, n, θs (r ⩾ 0.59). Assessment of the parameter relevance in 1-D model simulations, illustrated that the model over predicted and under predicted top soil-water content using laboratory and field experiments data sets respectively. The field MVG parameter data set resulted in better agreement to observed soil-water content as compared to the laboratory data set at nodes 10 and 20 cm. However, better simulation results were achieved using the laboratory data set at 30-60 cm depths. Results of our study do not confirm whether laboratory or field experiments data sets are most appropriate to predict soil water fluctuations in a complete soil profile, while field experiments are preferred in many studies.

  9. Modeling biofilm dynamics and hydraulic properties in variably saturated soils using a channel network model

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    Rosenzweig, Ravid; Furman, Alex; Dosoretz, Carlos; Shavit, Uri

    2014-07-01

    Biofilm effects on water flow in unsaturated environments have largely been ignored in the past. However, intensive engineered systems that involve elevated organic loads such as wastewater irrigation, effluent recharge, and bioremediation processes make understanding how biofilms affect flow highly important. In the current work, we present a channel-network model that incorporates water flow, substrate transport, and biofilm dynamics to simulate the alteration of soil hydraulic properties, namely water retention and conductivity. The change in hydraulic properties due to biofilm growth is not trivial and depends highly on the spatial distribution of the biofilm development. Our results indicate that the substrate mass transfer coefficient across the water-biofilm interface dominates the spatiotemporal distribution of biofilm. High mass transfer coefficients lead to uncontrolled biofilm growth close to the substrate source, resulting in preferential clogging of the soil. Low mass transfer coefficients, on the other hand, lead to a more uniform biofilm distribution. The first scenario leads to a dramatic reduction of the hydraulic conductivity with almost no change in water retention, whereas the second scenario has a smaller effect on conductivity but a larger influence on retention. The current modeling approach identifies key factors that still need to be studied and opens the way for simulation and optimization of processes involving significant biological activity in unsaturated soils.

  10. Relation between hydraulic properties and plant coverage of the closed-landfill soils in Piacenza (Po Valley, Italy)

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    Cassinari, C.; Manfredi, P.; Giupponi, L.; Trevisan, M.; Piccini, C.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper the results of a study of soil hydraulic properties and plant coverage of a landfill located in Piacenza (Po Valley, Italy) are presented, together with the attempt to put the hydraulic properties in relation with plant coverage. The measured soil water retention curve was first compared with the output of some pedotransfer functions taken from the literature and then with the output of the same pedotransfer functions applied to a reference soil. The landfill plant coverage was also studied. The relation between soil hydraulic properties and plant coverage showed that the landfill soils have a low water content available for plants and this fact, together with their lack of depth and compacted structure, justifies the presence of a nitrophilous, disturbed-soil vegetation type, dominated by ephemeral annual species (therophytes).

  11. Wastewater effects on montmorillonite suspensions and hydraulic properties of sandy soils

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    Tarchitzky, J.; Golobati, Y.; Keren, R.; Chen, Y.

    1999-06-01

    Recycled wastewater effluent is an important source of irrigation water in arid and semiarid regions. In these regions, however, irrigation water quality is one of the main factors limiting plant growth. Wastewater effluents generally contain high concentrations of suspended and dissolved solids, both organic and inorganic. Inorganic dissolved solids are only minimally removed from the effluent during conventional sewage treatment. As a result, most of the salts added during domestic and industrial usage remain in the irrigation water and may eventually reach the soil. A number of researchers have reported reduced hydraulic conductivity for soils to which treated wastewater has been applied. In this research, the influence of dissolved organic matter (DOM) contained in reclaimed wastewater effluents on the flocculation of montmorillonite and on the hydraulic properties of soils was studied. Flocculation values (FVs) for Na-montmorillonite increased with increasing concentrations of DOM at all pH levels analyzed. Maximum FV levels were exhibited for Na-montmorillonite at the highest DOM concentrations. The effect of DOM on FV can be explained by the mechanisms of edge-charge reversal and mutual flocculation. The hydraulic conductivity (HC) of a sandy soil was determined in the laboratory by leaching columns with an electrolyte solution chemically similar to that of the wastewater effluent (but without DOM). In columns treated with wastewater effluent, the HC exhibited a sharp decrease to only 20% of its initial value. The adverse effect of DOM on HC was evident for this soil despite a relatively low exchangeable sodium percentage (ESP). The reduction in HC is likely to be the result of decreases soil pore-size, which reflects two processes: (1) retention of part of the DOM during water percolation; and (2) a change in pore-size distribution due to swelling and dispersion of clay particles. The latter may result from a higher percentage of adsorbed sodium combined with the presence of humic substances from the wastewater effluent.

  12. Estimating water and nitrate leaching in tree crops using inverse modelled plant and soil hydraulic properties

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    Couvreur, Valentin; Kandelous, Maziar; Mairesse, Harmony; Baram, Shahar; Moradi, Ahmad; Pope, Katrin; Hopmans, Jan

    2015-04-01

    Groundwater quality is specifically vulnerable in irrigated agricultural lands in California and many other (semi-)arid regions of the world. The routine application of nitrogen fertilizers with irrigation water in California is likely responsible for the high nitrate concentrations in groundwater, underlying much of its main agricultural areas. To optimize irrigation/fertigation practices, it is essential that irrigation and fertilizers are applied at the optimal concentration, place, and time to ensure maximum root uptake and minimize leaching losses to the groundwater. The applied irrigation water and dissolved fertilizer, root nitrate and water uptake interact with soil and root properties in a complex manner that cannot easily be resolved. It is therefore that coupled experimental-modelling studies are required to allow for unravelling of the relevant complexities that result from typical variations of crop properties, soil texture and layering across farmer-managed fields. A combined field monitoring and modelling approach was developed to quantify from simple measurements the leaching of water and nitrate below the root zone. The monitored state variables are soil water content within the root zone, soil matric potential below the root zone, and nitrate concentration in the soil solution. Plant and soil properties of incremented complexity are optimized with the software HYDRUS in an inverse modelling scheme, which allows estimating leaching under constraint of hydraulic principles. Questions of optimal irrigation and fertilization timing can then be addressed using predictive results and global optimization algorithms.

  13. Changes in soil hydraulic properties caused by construction of a simulated waste trench at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho

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    Shakofsky, S.

    1995-03-01

    In order to assess the effect of filled waste disposal trenches on transport-governing soil properties, comparisons were made between profiles of undisturbed soil and disturbed soil in a simulated waste trench. The changes in soil properties induced by the construction of a simulated waste trench were measured near the Radioactive Waste Management Complex at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) in the semiarid southeast region of Idaho. The soil samples were collected, using a hydraulically-driven sampler to minimize sample disruption, from both a simulated waste trench and an undisturbed area nearby. Results show that the undisturbed profile has distinct layers whose properties differ significantly, whereas the soil profile in the simulated waste trench is, by comparison, homogeneous. Porosity was increased in the disturbed cores, and, correspondingly, saturated hydraulic conductivities were on average three times higher. With higher soil-moisture contents (greater than 0.32), unsaturated hydraulic conductivities for the undisturbed cores were typically greater than those for the disturbed cores. With lower moisture contents, most of the disturbed cores had greater hydraulic conductivities. The observed differences in hydraulic conductivities are interpreted and discussed as changes in the soil pore geometry.

  14. Changes in soil hydraulic properties caused by construction of a simulated waste trench at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho

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    Shakofsky, S.M.

    1995-01-01

    In order to assess the effect of filled waste disposal trenches on transport-governing soil properties, comparisons were made between profiles of undisturbed soil and disturbed soil in a simulated waste trench. The changes in soil properties induced by the construction of a simulated waste trench were measured near the Radioactive Waste Management Complex at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) in the semi-arid southeast region of Idaho. The soil samples were collected, using a hydraulically- driven sampler to minimize sample disruption, from both a simulated waste trench and an undisturbed area nearby. Results show that the undisturbed profile has distinct layers whose properties differ significantly, whereas the soil profile in the simulated waste trench is. by comparison, homogeneous. Porosity was increased in the disturbed cores, and, correspondingly, saturated hydraulic conductivities were on average three times higher. With higher soil-moisture contents (greater than 0.32), unsaturated hydraulic conductivities for the undisturbed cores were typically greater than those for the disturbed cores. With lower moisture contents, most of the disturbed cores had greater hydraulic conductivities. The observed differences in hydraulic conductivities are interpreted and discussed as changes in the soil pore geometry.

  15. Time-lapse Ground-Penetrating Radar for Deriving Soil Hydraulic Properties

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    Klenk, Patrick; Jaumann, Stefan; Roth, Kurt

    2014-05-01

    A profound understanding of subsurface hydrological processes demands a detailed description of hydraulic parameter distributions at the pertinent scale of interest. However, characterizing soil hydraulic properties remains a challenge, especially for field scale studies. Accurate high-resolution GPR measurements of soil water dynamics have shown promise to alleviate this challenge. In recent years, ASSESS-GPR, a field scale test site for advancing Ground-Penetrating Radar methods has been successfully established in Heidelberg (e.g., Buchner et al, 2012 or Klenk, 2012). Permanently installed TDR sensor profiles allow for an independent, corroborating dataset which can serve as basis for hydrologic modeling. In such a well-controlled experimental setup, we can achieve a very high relative precision for non-invasively monitoring soil water dynamics with GPR (Klenk, 2012). We can furthermore study the dynamics of the capillary fringe in different materials through time-lapse GPR measurements during pumping experiments. For example, as Dagenbach et al (2013) have shown, information can be gained about the appropriate form of a hydraulic parameterization. We here expand on these previous works by presenting a set of experiments, where the water table has been raised and subsequently lowered in a multi-step fashion over the course of several days. We discuss the non-invasive, high-resolution monitoring of the corresponding subsurface water dynamics by time-lapse GPR and thoroughly assess potentials for deriving hydraulic parameters for the different materials through electromagnetic modeling of the GPR response for said materials under the measured forcing.

  16. Vadose zone monitoring strategies to control water flux dynamics and changes in soil hydraulic properties.

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    Valdes-Abellan, Javier; Jiménez-Martínez, Joaquin; Candela, Lucila

    2013-04-01

    For monitoring the vadose zone, different strategies can be chosen, depending on the objectives and scale of observation. The effects of non-conventional water use on the vadose zone might produce impacts in porous media which could lead to changes in soil hydraulic properties, among others. Controlling these possible effects requires an accurate monitoring strategy that controls the volumetric water content, θ, and soil pressure, h, along the studied profile. According to the available literature, different monitoring systems have been carried out independently, however less attention has received comparative studies between different techniques. An experimental plot of 9x5 m2 was set with automatic and non-automatic sensors to control θ and h up to 1.5m depth. The non-automatic system consisted of ten Jet Fill tensiometers at 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 cm (Soil Moisture®) and a polycarbonate access tube of 44 mm (i.d) for soil moisture measurements with a TRIME FM TDR portable probe (IMKO®). Vertical installation was carefully performed; measurements with this system were manual, twice a week for θ and three times per week for h. The automatic system composed of five 5TE sensors (Decagon Devices®) installed at 20, 40, 60, 90 and 120 cm for θ measurements and one MPS1 sensor (Decagon Devices®) at 60 cm depth for h. Installation took place laterally in a 40-50 cm length hole bored in a side of a trench that was excavated. All automatic sensors hourly recorded and stored in a data-logger. Boundary conditions were controlled with a volume-meter and with a meteorological station. ET was modelled with Penman-Monteith equation. Soil characterization include bulk density, gravimetric water content, grain size distribution, saturated hydraulic conductivity and soil water retention curves determined following laboratory standards. Soil mineralogy was determined by X-Ray difractometry. Unsaturated soil hydraulic parameters were model-fitted through SWRC-fit code and ROSETTA based on soil textural fractions. Simulation of water flow using automatic and non-automatic date was carried out by HYDRUS-1D independently. A good agreement from collected automatic and non-automatic data and modelled results can be recognized. General trend was captured, except for the outlier values as expected. Slightly differences were found between hydraulic properties obtained from laboratory determinations, and from inverse modelling from the two approaches. Differences up to 14% of flux through the lower boundary were detected between the two strategies According to results, automatic sensors have more resolution and then they're more appropriated to detect subtle changes of soil hydraulic properties. Nevertheless, if the aim of the research is to control the general trend of water dynamics, no significant differences were observed between the two systems.

  17. Impact of anthropomorphic soil genesis on hydraulic properties: the case of cranberry production

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    Periard, Yann; José Gumiere, Silvio; Rousseau, Alain N.; Caron, Jean; Hallema, Dennis W.

    2014-05-01

    The construction of a cranberry field requires the installation of a drainage system which causes anthropic layering of the natural sequence of soil strata. Over the years, the soil hydraulic properties may change under the influence of irrigation and water table control. In fact, natural consolidation (drainage and recharge cycles), filtration and clogging soil pores by colloidal particle accelerated by water management will alter the hydrodynamic behavior of the soil (Gaillard et al., 2007; Wildenschild and Sheppard, 2013; Bodner et al., 2013). Today, advances in the field of tomography imagery allows the study a number of physicals processes of soils (Wildenschilds and Sheppard, 2013) especially for the transport of colloidal particles (Gaillard et al., 2007) and consolidation (Reed et al, 2006; Pires et al, 2007). Therefore, the main objective of this work is to analyze the temporal evolution of hydrodynamic properties of a sandy soil during repeated drainage and recharge cycles using a medical CT-scan. A soil columns laboratory experiment was setup in fall 2013, pressure head, input and output flow, tracer monitoring (KBr and ZrO2) and tomographic analyses have been used to quantify the temporal variation of the soil hydrodynamic properties of these soil columns. The results showed that the water management (irrigation and drainage) has strong effect on soil genesis and causes significant alteration of soil hydraulic properties, which may reduce soil drainage capacity. Knowledge about the mechanisms responsible of anthropic cranberry soil genesis will allow us to predict soil evolution according to several conditions (soil type, drainage system design, water management) to better anticipate and control their future negative effects on cranberry production. References: Bodner, G., P. Scholl and H.P. Kaul. 2013. Field quantification of wetting-drying cycles to predict temporal changes of soil pore size distribution. Soil and Tillage Research 133: 1-9. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2013.05.006. Gaillard, J.-F., C. Chen, S.H. Stonedahl, B.L.T. Lau, D.T. Keane and A.I. Packman. 2007. Imaging of colloidal deposits in granular porous media by X-ray difference micro-tomography. Geophysical Research Letters 34: L18404. doi:10.1029/2007GL030514. Pires, L.F., O.O.S. Bacchi and K. Reichardt. 2007. Assessment of soil structure repair due to wetting and drying cycles through 2D tomographic image analysis. Soil and Tillage Research 94: 537-545. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2006.10.008. Reed, A. H., Thompson, K. E., Zhang, W., Willson, C. S., & Briggs, K. B. (2006). Quantifying consolidation and reordering in natural granular media from computed tomography images. Advances in X-ray Tomography for Geomaterials, 263-268. Wildenschild, D. and A.P. Sheppard. 2013. X-ray imaging and analysis techniques for quantifying pore-scale structure and processes in subsurface porous medium systems. Advances in Water Resources 51: 217-246. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2012.07.018.

  18. Retrieving Soil Hydraulic Properties by Diffuse Spectral Reflectance Data in Vis-NIR-SWIR Range

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    Babaeian, E.; Homaee, M.; Vereecken, H.; Montzka, C.; Norouzi, A. A.; Van Genuchten, M.

    2014-12-01

    Information about the soil water characteristics is necessary for modeling water flow and solute transport processes in vadose zone. Soil spectroscopy in the visible, near-infrared and shortwave infrared (Vis-NIR-SWIR) range has been widely used as a rapid, cost-effective and non-destructive technique to predict basic soil properties. In this paper we used three different approaches to retrieve soil hydraulic parameters from spectral data in the visible, near-infrared and shortwave-infrared (Vis-NIR-SWIR) region and basic soil properties. Using stepwise multiple linear statistics coupled with bootstrapping, we derived and validated three types of point and parametric transfer functions: i) spectral transfer functions (STFs), ii) pedotransfer functions (PTFs) and iii) spectral pedotransfer functions (SPTFs) which respectively used spectral data, basic soil properties and spectral based basic soil predictions as their inputs. We further evaluated a direct fit of the van Genuchten (VG) and Brooks-Corey (BC) retention models to the predicted water contents obtained with each approach. According to the results, soil water contents, the VG and BC parameters as well as basic soil properties showed significant (p<0.01) correlation with spectral reflectance values, especially for the SWIR region. The STFs performed slightly better than the PTFs in terms of R2 and RMSE in estimating water contents in the mid and dry parts of retention curve. In the wet range, PTFs were found to perform better than the other two approaches. Compared to the STFs, however, better water content estimates were obtained using the SPTFs in the wet range. The parametric STFs and SPTFs of both the VG and BC models developed from spectral data performed slightly better than parametric PTFs for the retention curve. The best predictions were obtained with a direct fit of the retention models to soil water contents estimated with point transfer functions. Our findings suggest that spectral information, as a promising approach, may be used to accurately predict soil water contents, and indirectly the water retention curve. Using spectral data as an input of PTFs provides an effective way of including this temporal dynamic soil property in soil water retention predictions.

  19. Use of LANDSAT images of vegetation cover to estimate effective hydraulic properties of soils

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    Eagleson, Peter S.; Jasinski, Michael F.

    1988-01-01

    The estimation of the spatially variable surface moisture and heat fluxes of natural, semivegetated landscapes is difficult due to the highly random nature of the vegetation (e.g., plant species, density, and stress) and the soil (e.g., moisture content, and soil hydraulic conductivity). The solution to that problem lies, in part, in the use of satellite remotely sensed data, and in the preparation of those data in terms of the physical properties of the plant and soil. The work was focused on the development and testing of a stochastic geometric canopy-soil reflectance model, which can be applied to the physically-based interpretation of LANDSAT images. The model conceptualizes the landscape as a stochastic surface with bulk plant and soil reflective properties. The model is particularly suited for regional scale investigations where the quantification of the bulk landscape properties, such as fractional vegetation cover, is important on a pixel by pixel basis. A summary of the theoretical analysis and the preliminary testing of the model with actual aerial radiometric data is provided.

  20. Soil Hydraulic Properties Influenced by Corn Stover Removal from No-Till Corn in Ohio.

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    Blanco-Canqui, H.; Lal, Rattan; Post, W. M.; Izaurralde, R Cesar C.; Shipitalo, M. J.

    2007-01-01

    Corn (Zea mays L.) stover removal for biofuel production and other uses may alter soil hydraulic properties, but site-specific information needed to determine the threshold levels of removal for the U.S. Corn Belt region is limited. We quantified impacts of systematic removal of corn stover on soil hydraulic parameters after one year of stover management under no-till (NT) systems in three soils in Ohio including Rayne silt loam (fine-loamy, mixed, mesic Typic Hapludult) at Coshocton, Hoytville clay loam (fine, illitic, mesic Mollic Epiaqualfs) at Hoytville, and Celina silt loam (fine, mixed, active, mesic Aquic Hapludalfs) at South Charleston. Interrelationships among soil properties and saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) predictions were also studied. Earthworm middens, Ksat, bulk density (ρb), soil-water retention (SWR), pore-size distribution, and air permeability (ka) were determined for six stover treatments including 0 (T0), 25 (T25), 50 (T50), 75 (T75), 100 (T100), and 200 (T200) % of corn stover corresponding to 0, 1.25, 2.50, 3.75, 5.00, and 10.00 Mg ha-1 of stover, respectively. Stover removal reduced the number of middens, Ksat, SWR, and ka at all sites (P<0.01). Complete stover removal reduced earthworm middens by 20-fold across sites, decreased geometric mean Ksat from 6.3 to 0.1 mm h-1 at Coshocton, 3.2 to 0.3 mm h-1 at Hoytville, and 5.8 to 0.6 mm h-1 at Charleston, and increased ρb in the 0- to 10-cm depth by about 15% relative to double stover plots. The SWR for T100 was 1.3 times higher than that for T0 at 0 to -6 kPa. The log ka for T200, T100, and T75 significantly exceeded that under T50, T25, and T0 at Coshocton and Charleston. Measured parameters were strongly correlated, and ka was a potential Ksat predictor. Stover harvesting at rates above 1.25 Mg ha-1 affects soil hydraulic properties and earthworm activity, but further monitoring is needed to ascertain the threshold levels of stover removal.Corn (Zea mays L.) stover removal for biofuel production and other uses may alter soil hydraulic properties, but site-specific information needed to determine the threshold levels of removal for the U.S. Corn Belt region is limited. We quantified impacts of systematic removal of corn stover on soil hydraulic parameters after one year of stover management under no-till (NT) systems in three soils in Ohio including Rayne silt loam (fine-loamy, mixed, mesic Typic Hapludult) at Coshocton, Hoytville clay loam (fine, illitic, mesic Mollic Epiaqualfs) at Hoytville, and Celina silt loam (fine, mixed, active, mesic Aquic Hapludalfs) at South Charleston. Interrelationships among soil properties and saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) predictions were also studied. Earthworm middens, Ksat, bulk density (ρb), soil-water retention (SWR), pore-size distribution, and air permeability (ka) were determined for six stover treatments including 0 (T0), 25 (T25), 50 (T50), 75 (T75), 100 (T100), and 200 (T200) % of corn stover corresponding to 0, 1.25, 2.50, 3.75, 5.00, and 10.00 Mg ha-1 of stover, respectively. Stover removal reduced the number of middens, Ksat, SWR, and ka at all sites (P<0.01). Complete stover removal reduced earthworm middens by 20-fold across sites, decreased geometric mean Ksat from 6.3 to 0.1 mm h-1 at Coshocton, 3.2 to 0.3 mm h-1 at Hoytville, and 5.8 to 0.6 mm h-1 at Charleston, and increased ρb in the 0- to 10-cm depth by about 15% relative to double stover plots. The SWR for T100 was 1.3 times higher than that for T0 at 0 to -6 kPa. The log ka for T200, T100, and T75 significantly exceeded that under T50, T25, and T0 at Coshocton and Charleston. Measured parameters were strongly correlated, and ka was a potential Ksat predictor. Stover harvesting at rates above 1.25 Mg ha-1 affects soil hydraulic properties and earthworm activity, but further monitoring is needed to ascertain the threshold levels of stover removal.

  1. Soil Hydraulic Properties Modeled from Meter to Kilometer Scales Based on in Situ and SMOS Soil Moisture Data

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    Shellito, P. J.; Small, E. E.; Gutmann, E. D.

    2014-12-01

    A primary objective of land surface models (LSMs) is to accurately represent soil moisture to calculate realistic latent and sensible heat fluxes for use in atmospheric models. Soil hydraulic properties (SHPs) control the movement of soil water and thus evapotranspiration. Parameter values are typically selected using look up tables based on soil texture. This approach limits parameter values to those from small-scale laboratory measurements, and thus precludes the possibility that effective parameter values should be different at the scale of the model. We calibrate four SHP parameters in the Noah LSM using 0-5 cm soil moisture measured at different scales: (1) individual soil moisture probes; (2) the average of ~20 in situ soil moisture probes distributed across a watershed; and (3) passive microwave-based soil moisture estimates from SMOS. All data are from three different USDA watersheds in Oklahoma. The DREAM algorithm is used to define the posterior distribution of each parameter conditioned on the following objective function: RMSE between the uppermost model level soil moisture (0-10 cm) and observed soil moisture. By comparing texture-based parameters with calibrated distributions from different scales and measurement techniques, we address the following: (1) How different are the calibrated parameters compared to those based on soil texture alone? (2) How do the parameters affect simulated soil moisture and fluxes? (3) Are parameter sets physically consistent? Parameters found via calibration differ from texture-based values and improve the simulation of soil moisture for intervals not included in the calibration. For example, calibration to in situ and SMOS data reduced model error by 65% and 59%, respectively, when simulated values were compared to in situ data. Optimized simulations influence surface fluxes as well, changing average daily latent heat fluxes by up to 67% and 50 W/m2. Most parameters values fall within the range of laboratory measurements.

  2. A Comparison of Land Surface Model Soil Hydraulic Properties Estimated by Inverse Modeling and Pedotransfer Functions

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    Gutmann, Ethan D.; Small, Eric E.

    2007-01-01

    Soil hydraulic properties (SHPs) regulate the movement of water in the soil. This in turn plays an important role in the water and energy cycles at the land surface. At present, SHPS are commonly defined by a simple pedotransfer function from soil texture class, but SHPs vary more within a texture class than between classes. To examine the impact of using soil texture class to predict SHPS, we run the Noah land surface model for a wide variety of measured SHPs. We find that across a range of vegetation cover (5 - 80% cover) and climates (250 - 900 mm mean annual precipitation), soil texture class only explains 5% of the variance expected from the real distribution of SHPs. We then show that modifying SHPs can drastically improve model performance. We compare two methods of estimating SHPs: (1) inverse method, and (2) soil texture class. Compared to texture class, inverse modeling reduces errors between measured and modeled latent heat flux from 88 to 28 w/m(exp 2). Additionally we find that with increasing vegetation cover the importance of SHPs decreases and that the van Genuchten m parameter becomes less important, while the saturated conductivity becomes more important.

  3. Hydraulic Conductivity Anisotropy of Unsaturated Soils

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    Zhu, J.; Sun, D.; Neelakrishnan, S.

    2007-12-01

    The effects of saturation degree (or tension) on hydraulic conductivity anisotropy in unsaturated soils have been recognized for long time, but they have not been fully described conceptually. Previous models include quantifying saturation-dependent anisotropy of soil formations that consist of many thin layers each with its own hydraulic properties characterized by a uniform density distribution of saturated hydraulic conductivity or soil bulk density. Some other approaches have also been developed to study the soil anisotropy behavior in dealing with flow and transport problems in saturated and unsaturated soils, such as tensorial connectivity-tortuosity concept. In this study, we investigate soil unsaturated hydraulic conductivity anisotropy that mainly arises from a combination of both wide range of soil texture variations and within narrow range of texture units in conjunction with pedotransfer functions (PTFs) of soil hydraulic properties. PTFs are often used to estimate soil hydraulic properties because direct measurements are too expensive and difficult. PTFs transform basic soil properties such as texture, bulk density into water retention and saturated or unsaturated hydraulic conductivity. We develop a new approach to combine the neural network based PTF results with the thin layer approach to explore saturation-dependent anisotropy behavior for a wide range of texture and bulk density conditions. Anisotropy models are developed that quantify saturated and unsaturated hydraulic conductivities for soils composed of many thin layers distinguished by texture, organic carbon content and bulk density.

  4. Organic matter and aggregate size interaction on structural changes and soil hydraulic properties

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    Lado, M.; Ben-Hur, M.

    2003-04-01

    It was hypothesized that the interaction between organic matter (OM) content and aggregate size could affect the mechanisms of structural degradation and, consequently, the soil hydraulic properties. Thus, the objective was to investigate the effects of this interaction on the saturated hydraulic conductivity (K_s) without raindrop impact and on the infiltration rate (IR) under raindrop impact. Samples of sandy loam soil (Humic Dystrudept) with 2.3 and 3.5% OM content (designated low- and high-OM soils, respectively) were collected from two adjacent fields. Each sample was sieved to obtain aggregate sizes of <2, 2-4, and 4-6 mm. Slaking, swelling and dispersion rates, and K_s were measured for each soil and aggregate size. The K_s was determined in disturbed soil columns by means of a constant-head device. Likewise, IR, soil loss and crust micromorphology of each soil and for each aggregate size were measured in a rainfall simulator. For each aggregate size, K_s values of the high-OM soil were, in general, significantly higher than those of the low-OM soil. Moreover, there was a significant interaction between the aggregate size and the OM content in their effects on the K_s. These results suggest that the degradation of the soil structure during the wetting and leaching process was greater in the low-OM soil, and resulted mainly from differences in aggregate slaking during wetting. The slaking rates were > 93 and < 6.7% for the low- and high-OM soils, respectively. Under rainfall, IR decreased as the cumulative rainfall increased, because of seal formation at the soil surface. The final IR values ranged from 4.2 to 5.2 mm h-1 in the low-OM soil and from 5.8 to 10.8 mm h-1 in the high-OM soil, and the larger the aggregate size, the higher was the final IR. The effects of the aggregate size on seal formation rate and final IR were more pronounced in the high-OM soil. The low aggregate stability and the high dispersivity of the low-OM soil allowed the breakdown and dispersion of even the largest aggregates, therefore a dense and thick (> 1 mm) crust developed for all the aggregate sizes. In contrast, the high aggregate stability and low dispersivity of the high-OM soil limited the breakdown and dispersion of the aggregates at the surface, therefore the IR values were high, with relatively large differences between those found with large and small aggregate sizes. The soil loss was significantly higher for aggregates of <2 mm than for the other two sizes although, unlike the final IR, no significant interaction between soil OM content and aggregate size was found.

  5. Deep rooting plants influence on soil hydraulic properties and air conductivity over time

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    Uteau, Daniel; Peth, Stephan; Diercks, Charlotte; Pagenkemper, Sebastian; Horn, Rainer

    2014-05-01

    Crop sequences are commonly suggested as an alternative to improve subsoil structure. A well structured soil can be characterized by enhanced transport properties. Our main hypothesis was, that different root systems can modify the soil's macro/mesopore network if enough cultivation time is given. We analyzed the influence of three crops with either shallower roots (Festuca arundinacea, fescue) or taproots (Cichorium intybus, chicory and Medicago sativa, alfalfa). The crops where cultivated on a Haplic Luvisol near Bonn (Germany) for one, two or three years. Undisturbed soil cores were taken for measurement of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity and air permeability. The unsaturated conductivity was measured using the evaporation method, monitoring the water content and tension at two depths of each undisturbed soil core. The van Genuchten-Mualem model (1991) was fitted to the measured data. Air permeability was measured in a permeameter with constant flow at low pressure gradient. The measurements were repeated at -1, -3, -6, -15, -30 and -50 kPa matric tension and the model of Ball et al. (1988) was used to describe permeability as function of matric tension. Furthermore, the cores equilibrated at -15 kPa matric tension were scanned with X-Ray computer tomography. By means of 3D image analysis, geometrical features as pore size distribution, tortuosity and connectivity of the pore network was analyzed. The measurements showed an increased unsaturated hydraulic conductivity associated to coarser pores at the taprooted cultivations. A enhanced pore system (related to shrink-swell processes) under alfalfa was observed in both transport measurements and was confirmed by the 3D image analysis. This highly functional pore system (consisting mainly of root paths, earthworm channels and shrinking cracks) was clearly visible below the 75 cm of depth and differentiated significantly from the other two treatments only after three years of cultivation, which shows the time needed to modify soil structure under these conditions.

  6. Physical soil properties and slope treatments effects on hydraulic excavator productivity for forest road construction.

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    Parsakho, Aidin; Hosseini, Seyed Ataollah; Jalilvand, Hamid; Lotfalian, Majid

    2008-06-01

    Effects of moisture, porosity and soil bulk density properties, grubbing time and terrain side slopes on pc 220 komatsu hydraulic excavator productivity were investigated in Miana forests road construction project which located in the northern forest of Iran. Soil moisture and porosity determined by samples were taken from undisturbed soil. The elements of daily works were measured with a digital stop watch and video camera in 14 observations (days). The road length and cross section profiles after each 20 m were selected to estimate earthworks volume. Results showed that the mean production rates for the pc 220 komatsu excavators were 60.13 m3 h(-1) and earthwork 14.76 m h(-1) when the mean depth of excavation or cutting was 4.27 m3 m(-1), respectively. There was no significant effects (p = 0.5288) from the slope classes' treatments on productivity, whereas grubbing time, soil moisture, bulk density and porosity had significantly affected on excavator earthworks volume (p < 0.0001). Clear difference was showed between the earthwork length by slope classes (p = 0.0060). Grubbing time (p = 0.2180), soil moisture (p = 0.1622), bulk density (p = 0.2490) and porosity (p = 0.2159) had no significant effect on the excavator earthworks length. PMID:18817241

  7. Effects of conventional and conservation tillage on soil hydraulic properties of a silty-loamy soil

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    Wahl, N. A.; Bens, O.; Buczko, U.; Hangen, E.; Hüttl, R. F.

    Infiltration into soils is strongly correlated with macroporosity. Under agricultural land use, the properties of the macropore network are governed by the applied management and tillage system. On an experimental site with a silt loam soil partly under conventional and conservation tillage, the methods of visual inventarization of stained and unstained macropores and infiltration measurements with an infiltrometer were applied to the macropore system. Dye tracer experiments with methylene blue as tracer agent yielded a penetration depth of 120 cm on the conservation tillage plot while a penetration depth of only 50 cm was recorded on the conventionally tilled plot. For both tillage treatments, infiltration rates were lower in the topsoil than in soil depths >30 cm. The conservation tillage plot showed higher infiltration rates at 50 and 90 cm soil depth than the conventional tilled plot. For both tillage systems, the visual recording of stained and unstained macropores ( d⩾1 mm) resulted in macropore densities ranging between 100 and 1,000 macropores/m 2, with the highest numbers in the topsoil and a gradual decrease with soil depth. At the conservation tillage plot, below 20 cm soil depth, macropore density was greater than at the conventionally tilled plot. Macroporosity obtained from the visual registering varied between 0.09% and 0.83% for the conventional tillage plot and between 0.08% and 0.6% for the conservation tillage plot. Macroporosity derived from tension infiltrometry, assuming a minimum macropore radius of 0.5 mm, range between 0.02% and 0.1%, about one order of magnitude lower than the figure obtained from visual inventarization. The results indicate a greater continuity and connectivity of the macropore system for silty soils with conservation tillage systems. Therefore, conservation tillage could possibly offer a means to reduce surface runoff and flood generation in agricultural landscapes dominated by silty-loamy soils.

  8. Characterization and prediction of spatial variability of unsaturated hydraulic properties in a field soil: Las Cruces, New Mexico

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    Yeh, T.C.J.; Greenholtz, D.E.; Nash, M.S.; Wierenga, P.J.

    1991-12-31

    A 91-m transect was set up in an irrigated field near Las Cruces, New Mexico to investigate the spatial variability of unsaturated soil properties. A total of 455 sampling points were monitored along a grid consisting of 91 stations placed 1 m apart by 5 depths per station. Post-irrigation soil water tension and water content measurements were recorded over 45 days at 11 time periods. The instantaneous profile was used to estimate the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity at the 455 sampling points. Fifty soil samples were also taken for analyzing sand, silt, and clay content distributions. The spatial and temporal variability of soil water tension and water content were investigated along with the spatial variability of parameters of an unsaturated hydraulic conductivity model. Results of the analysis show that spatial variation in soil water tension and water content is consistent with the soil texture spatial variability. In addition, the spatial distribution of the estimated parameter value of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity reflects the soil texture distribution. Using the statistics of the estimated hydraulic parameter values, a stochastic soil water tension model was employed to reproduce the variability of observed soil water tension. Although many assumptions were made, the results of the simulation appear promising.

  9. Characterization and prediction of spatial variability of unsaturated hydraulic properties in a field soil: Las Cruces, New Mexico

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    Yeh, T.C.J.; Greenholtz, D.E. . Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources); Nash, M.S. . Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences); Wierenga, P.J. . Dept. of Soil and Water Science)

    1991-01-01

    A 91-m transect was set up in an irrigated field near Las Cruces, New Mexico to investigate the spatial variability of unsaturated soil properties. A total of 455 sampling points were monitored along a grid consisting of 91 stations placed 1 m apart by 5 depths per station. Post-irrigation soil water tension and water content measurements were recorded over 45 days at 11 time periods. The instantaneous profile was used to estimate the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity at the 455 sampling points. Fifty soil samples were also taken for analyzing sand, silt, and clay content distributions. The spatial and temporal variability of soil water tension and water content were investigated along with the spatial variability of parameters of an unsaturated hydraulic conductivity model. Results of the analysis show that spatial variation in soil water tension and water content is consistent with the soil texture spatial variability. In addition, the spatial distribution of the estimated parameter value of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity reflects the soil texture distribution. Using the statistics of the estimated hydraulic parameter values, a stochastic soil water tension model was employed to reproduce the variability of observed soil water tension. Although many assumptions were made, the results of the simulation appear promising.

  10. May We Identify The Spatial Variability of Soil Hydraulic Properties Based On Measurements With "spatial Tdr"? A) Model Study

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    Zehe, E.; Becker, R.; Schädel, W.

    A dynamic system left without external disturbances, will always tend to a stable equilibrium state that is consistent with the internal physics. For natural soils such an equilibrium state is reached when the gradients of the total hydraulic potential tend to zero. This statement is still valid for heterogeneous soils, because the hydraulic po- tential is an intensive state variable and therefore continuous at discontinuities of the pore space. In contrary the soil water content is as an extensive property discontinu- ous at discontinuities of the pore space. Hence, a small scale soil moisture pattern that persists if the soil state tends to hydraulic equilibrium, reflects the lateral small scale variability of the pore space. The objectives of our study are to show a) whether and how we could use TDR observations to identify the small scale variability of the pore space. For that purpose we analyse artificial TDR measurements, taken from physi- cally based simulations of soil water dynamics in heterogeneous media. b) We want to introduce a new TDR technology which we call "Spatial TDR", that is suitable for that purposes. To produce the artificial TDR-datasets we generate random fields of soil porosity and saturated hydraulic conductivity with different statistical properties based on field data in a Luvisol and simulate artificial water dynamics in this model soil based on Richards-equation. Within this model soil we define several hypothetical "Spatial TDR" clusters, that differ in the lateral spacing and the number of the probes, in the temporal resolution of the hypothetical measurements and in the assumed mea- surement accuracy. If the model soil approaches hydraulic equilibrium, the remaining soil moisture pattern will be dominated by the statistical properties of the porosity. In contrary the variability of the hydraulic conductivity will dominate the soil moisture patterns during infiltration events. The hypothetical Spatial TDR measurements within the clusters give a more or less appropriate picture of these soil moisture patterns, de- pending on the configuration of the cluster, the sampling density and the assumed measurement accuracy. The crucial question within this approach is to establish a re- lation between the statistics of the observed soil moisture patterns within the cluster and the known underlying statistics of the porosity and the saturated hydraulic con- ductivity for the equilibrium and the infiltration case.

  11. Laboratory analysis of soil hydraulic properties of TA-49 soil samples. Volume I: Report summary

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    1995-04-01

    The Hydrologic Testing Laboratory at Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A) has completed laboratory tests on TA-49 soil samples as specified by Mr. Daniel A. James and summarized in Table 1. Tables 2 through 12 give the results of the specified analyses. Raw laboratory data and graphical plots of data (where appropriate) are contained in Appendices A through K. Appendix L lists the methods used in these analyses. A detailed description of each method is available upon request. Thermal properties were calculated using methods reviewed by Campbell and covered in more detail in Appendix K. Typically, soil thermal conductivities are determined using empirical fitting parameters (five in this case), Some assumptions are also made in the equations used to reduce the raw data. In addition to the requested thermal property measurements, calculated values are also presented as the best available internal check on data quality. For both thermal conductivities and specific heats, calculated and measured values are consistent and the functions often cross. Interestingly, measured thermal conductivities tend to be higher than calculated thermal conductivities around typically encountered in situ moisture contents ({plus_minus}5 percent). While we do not venture an explanation of the difference, sensitivity testing of any problem requiring nonisothermal modeling across this range is in order.

  12. Laboratory analysis of soil hydraulic properties of CDBM 2 and CDBM 3 samples

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    1992-12-01

    Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A) was requested by Dr. Alan Stoker of Los Alamos National Laboratory to perform laboratory analysis for properties of CDBM 2 and CDBM 3 samples, as outlined in Subcontract No. 9-XTI-027EE-1. The scope of work included conducting tests for the following properties: Initial moisture content, dry bulk density, and calculated porosity; Saturated hydraulic conductivity; Moisture characteristics; Unsaturated hydraulic properties (calculated); and Transient outflow.

  13. Influence of metal ions and pH on the hydraulic properties of potential acid sulfate soils

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    Le, T. M. H.; Collins, R. N.; Waite, T. D.

    2008-07-01

    SummaryAcid sulfate soils (ASS) cover extensive areas of east Australian coastal floodplains. Upon oxidation, these hydromorphic pyritic sediments produce large quantities of sulfuric acid. In addition, due to their geographic location, these soils may also come in contact with high ionic strength estuarine tidal waters. As a result, there is typically a large variation in acidity (pH) and cation concentrations in soil porewaters and adjacent aquatic systems (e.g., agricultural field drains, rivers, estuaries, etc.). Acid sulfate soils, especially from the unoxidized gelatinous deeper layers, contain a relatively high proportion of montmorillonite, which is wellknown for its shrink-swell properties. Variations in cation concentrations, including H3O+, can influence montmorillonite platelet interactions and may, thus, also significantly affect the hydraulic conductivity of materials containing this clay. In this paper we report on the effect of four common cations, at reasonable environmental concentrations, on the hydraulic properties of potential (unoxidized) acid sulfate soil materials. The natural system was simplified by examining individually the effects of each cation (H+, Ca2+, Fe2+ and Na+) on a soil-water suspension in a filtration cell unit. Moisture ratio, hydraulic conductivity and the consolidation coefficient of the deposited filter cakes were calculated using material coordinates theory. The results indicate that the hydraulic conductivity of potential acid sulfate soils increases at low pH and with cation concentration. Although an increase in the charge of amphoteric edge groups on montmorillonite clays may result in some aggregation between individual clay platelets, we conclude that the extent of these changes are unlikely to cause significant increases in the transportation of acidity (and contaminants) through potential acid sulfate soils as the hydraulic conductivity of these materials remain low (<10-9 m/s) at pH and ionic conditions normally experienced in the field.

  14. Feasibility of using LANDSAT images of vegetation cover to estimate effective hydraulic properties of soils

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    Eagleson, P. S.

    1985-01-01

    Research activities conducted from February 1, 1985 to July 31, 1985 and preliminary conclusions regarding research objectives are summarized. The objective is to determine the feasibility of using LANDSAT data to estimate effective hydraulic properties of soils. The general approach is to apply the climatic-climax hypothesis (Ealgeson, 1982) to natural water-limited vegetation systems using canopy cover estimated from LANDSAT data. Natural water-limited systems typically consist of inhomogeneous vegetation canopies interspersed with bare soils. The ground resolution associated with one pixel from LANDSAT MSS (or TM) data is generally greater than the scale of the plant canopy or canopy clusters. Thus a method for resolving percent canopy cover at a subpixel level must be established before the Eagleson hypothesis can be tested. Two formulations are proposed which extend existing methods of analyzing mixed pixels to naturally vegetated landscapes. The first method involves use of the normalized vegetation index. The second approach is a physical model based on radiative transfer principles. Both methods are to be analyzed for their feasibility on selected sites.

  15. Using pedotransfer functions to estimate the van Genuchten-Mualem soil hydraulic properties: A review

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    In this paper, we review the use of the van Genuchten Mualem (VGM) model to parameterize the soil moisture retention characteristic (MRC) and the nsaturated hydraulic conductivity curve (HCC), as well as its use in developing pedotransfer functions (PFTs). Analysis of literature data showed that MRC...

  16. A combined monitoring and modeling approach to quantify water and nitrate leaching using effective soil column hydraulic properties

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    Couvreur, V.; Kandelous, M. M.; Moradi, A. B.; Baram, S.; Mairesse, H.; Hopmans, J. W.

    2014-12-01

    There is a worldwide growing concern for agricultural lands input to groundwater pollution. Nitrate contamination of groundwater across the Central Valley of California has been related to its diverse and intensive agricultural practices. However, there has been no study comparing leaching of nitrate in each individual agricultural land within the complex and diversely managed studied area. A combined field monitoring and modeling approach was developed to quantify from simple measurements the leaching of water and nitrate below the root zone. The monitored state variables are soil water content at several depths within the root zone, soil matric potential at two depths below the root zone, and nitrate concentration in the soil solution. In the modeling part, unsaturated water flow and solute transport are simulated with the software HYDRUS in a soil profile fragmented in up to two soil hydraulic types, whose effective hydraulic properties are optimized with an inverse modeling method. The applicability of the method will first be demonstrated "in-silico", with synthetic soil water dynamics data generated with HYDRUS, and considering the soil column as the layering of several soil types characterized in-situ. The method will then be applied to actual soil water status data from various crops in California including tomato, citrus, almond, pistachio, and walnut. Eventually, improvements of irrigation and fertilization management practices (i.e. mainly questions of quantity and frequency of application minimizing leaching under constraint of water and nutrient availability) will be investigated using coupled modeling and optimization tools.

  17. New Artificial Neural Network Based Pedotransfer Functions to Predict Soil Hydraulic Properties

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    Gautam, Mahesh; Zhu, Jianting

    2010-05-01

    Pedotransfer functions (PTF) provide avenues for estimating soil hydraulic properties (SHP) using easily and economically available soil texture and other related data. A number of statistical approaches are available for SHP estimation based on PTF. Due to their ability of mapping non-linear input-output relationship and non-requirement of specification of apriori model structure, the use of artificial neural networks (ANNs) for PTF estimation has been growing rapidly in literature. Conventionally, ANN-PTF estimation is based on training process that minimizes sum of squared error (mean squared error, MSE), which is found effective when the database is statistically homogenous in both training and test phases. However, in situation where the statistical properties of database for training and test (application) phases are different, the ANN-PTF developed based on training data does not work well for test phase. This study addresses this problem by modifying ANN training algorithm by introducing new objective functions (OF) and its derivatives for situations where prior information in means, and variances of SHPs for test phases are available. This modification is accomplished by introducing penalty terms in the conventional MSE OF. Algorithms for three different OFs are developed hierarchically introducing penalty terms for any deviation from mean, variance and output correlation in the test dataset. Two different categories of numerical experiments were carried out by selecting data for training and testing from two different databases. In the first category of experiments, datasets for training and test phases were selected from different quantiles of the database. In the second type of experiment, data for training and test phases were randomly picked from the original database. Since the statistical properties of training and test data were different in first category of experiment, the results of conventional ANN-PTF resulted into large bias in the results of test phase SHP. On the contrary, new ANN-PTFs could significantly reduce the bias (mean-error). The improvement in variance and output correlation (based on new proposed index) of the new ANN-PTFs were, however, modest when compared to the conventional ANN. In the second group of experiment where data for training and test were randomly picked, the differences in the statistical properties of outputs in the training and test phases were low. Hence, both conventional and newly developed ANN-PTFs resulted in low biases. The utility of new ANN-PTFs were thus found significant for reducing mean error where the training and test datasets are of different statistical properties.

  18. Near-surface soil moisture assimilation for quantifying effective soil hydraulic properties using genetic algorithms: 2. Using airborne remote sensing during SGP97 and SMEX02

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    Ines, Amor V. M.; Mohanty, Binayak P.

    2009-01-01

    Pixel-based effective soil hydraulic parameters are crucial inputs for large-scale hydroclimatic modeling. In this paper, we extend/apply a genetic algorithm (GA) approach for estimating these parameters at the scale of an airborne remote sensing (RS) footprint. To estimate these parameters, we used a time series of near-surface RS soil moisture data to invert a physically based soil-water-atmosphere-plant (SWAP) model with a (multipopulated) modified-microGA. Uncertainties in the solutions were examined in two ways: (1) by solving the inverse problem under various combinations of modeling conditions in a respective way; and (2) the same as the first method but the inverse solutions were determined in a collective way aimed at finding the robust solutions for all the modeling conditions (ensembles). A cross validation of the derived soil hydraulic parameters was done to check their effectiveness for all the modeling conditions used. For our case studies, we considered three electronically scanned thinned array radiometer (ESTAR) footprints in Oklahoma and four polarimetric scanning radiometer (PSR) footprints in Iowa during the Southern Great Plains 1997 (SGP97) Hydrology Experiment and Soil Moisture Experiment 2002 (SMEX02) campaigns, respectively. The results clearly showed the promising potentials of near-surface RS soil moisture data combined with inverse modeling for determining average soil hydrologic properties at the footprint scale. Our cross validation showed that parameters derived by method 1 under water table (bottom boundary) conditions are applicable also for free-draining conditions. However, parameters derived under free-draining conditions generally produced too wet near-surface soil moisture when applied under water table conditions. Method 2, on the other hand, produced robust parameter sets applicable for all modeling conditions used. These results were validated using distributed in situ soil moisture and soil hydraulic properties measurements, and texture-based data from the UNSODA database. In this study, we conclude that inverse modeling of RS soil moisture data is a promising approach for parameter estimation at large measurement support scale. Nevertheless, the derived effective soil hydraulic parameters are subject to the uncertainties of remotely sensed soil moisture data and from the assumptions used in the soil-water-atmosphere-plant modeling. Method 2 provides a flexible framework for accounting these sources of uncertainties in the inverse estimation of large-scale soil hydraulic properties. We have illustrated this flexibility by combining multiple data sources and various modeling conditions in our large-scale inverse modeling.

  19. Changes of soil hydraulic properties from long-term irrigation with desalted brackish groundwater

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    Valdes-Abellan, Javier; Jiménez-Martínez, Joaquin; Candela, Lucila

    2014-05-01

    Long term effects on soil from desalted water irrigation have been assessed in an experimental plot (9 x 5 m2) under semi-arid climate located in Alicante (SE Spain). Water flux monitoring, from volumetric water content and soil pressure head, was performed from two different monitoring strategies. Also, field scale dispersivity was estimated through a BrLi tracer test and by inverse modelling with HYDRUS. Finally, a reactive and multicomponent transport model was developed using HP1 software, coupling of HYDRUS with PHREEQC. From soil profile characterization, three layers were identified, being calcite the most important mineral of the soil solid phase in all them, followed by quartz and gypsum, the latest in low concentration. Reactive transport modelling of major ions supply by irrigation water was performed with the HP1 code. Temporal and spatial variability of saturated hydraulic conductivity were included in the computational process. Chemical results for each time step (precipitation/dissolution of minerals) were used to compute changes in soil porosity and consequently in the hydraulic conductivity, which is used in the following computational time step. Simulations were performed along a 30 years period. Results from field data show that an increase in porosity and saturated hydraulic conductivity can be expected due to the slow but continuous dissolution of gypsum. Calcite dissolution is expected at the root zone (where partial pressure of CO2 is higher) and precipitation occurs below the root zone, where CO2 partial pressure decreases due to the reduction of biological activity. From the baseline case, three different scenarios were proposed: (i) gypsum free profile, (ii) rain-fed irrigation, and (iii) lower CO2 partial pressure at the root zone. For the gypsum free soil profile scenario, the important precipitation of calcite produced below the root zone is not counteract by the gypsum dissolution, which may lead to significant reduction of hydraulic conductivity under the root zone and also on the recharge rate. Results of rain-red scenario show small changes on hydraulic conductivity, and lower CO2 pressure at the root zone reduces significantly the calcite dissolution and later precipitation.

  20. Using Remotely-Sensed Estimates of Soil Moisture to Infer Soil Texture and Hydraulic Properties across a Semi-arid Watershed

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    Santanello, Joseph A.; Peters-Lidard, Christa D.; Garcia, Matthew E.; Mocko, David M.; Tischler, Michael A.; Moran, M. Susan; Thoma, D. P.

    2007-01-01

    Near-surface soil moisture is a critical component of land surface energy and water balance studies encompassing a wide range of disciplines. However, the processes of infiltration, runoff, and evapotranspiration in the vadose zone of the soil are not easy to quantify or predict because of the difficulty in accurately representing soil texture and hydraulic properties in land surface models. This study approaches the problem of parameterizing soils from a unique perspective based on components originally developed for operational estimation of soil moisture for mobility assessments. Estimates of near-surface soil moisture derived from passive (L-band) microwave remote sensing were acquired on six dates during the Monsoon '90 experiment in southeastern Arizona, and used to calibrate hydraulic properties in an offline land surface model and infer information on the soil conditions of the region. Specifically, a robust parameter estimation tool (PEST) was used to calibrate the Noah land surface model and run at very high spatial resolution across the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed. Errors in simulated versus observed soil moisture were minimized by adjusting the soil texture, which in turn controls the hydraulic properties through the use of pedotransfer functions. By estimating a continuous range of widely applicable soil properties such as sand, silt, and clay percentages rather than applying rigid soil texture classes, lookup tables, or large parameter sets as in previous studies, the physical accuracy and consistency of the resulting soils could then be assessed. In addition, the sensitivity of this calibration method to the number and timing of microwave retrievals is determined in relation to the temporal patterns in precipitation and soil drying. The resultant soil properties were applied to an extended time period demonstrating the improvement in simulated soil moisture over that using default or county-level soil parameters. The methodology is also applied to an independent case at Walnut Gulch using a new soil moisture product from active (C-band) radar imagery with much lower spatial and temporal resolution. Overall, results demonstrate the potential to gain physically meaningful soils information using simple parameter estimation with few but appropriately timed remote sensing retrievals.

  1. Laboratory analysis of soil hydraulic properties of G-5 soil samples

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    1995-01-01

    The Hydrologic Testing Laboratory at DBS&A has completed laboratory tests on TA-54 samples from well G5 as specified by Daniel James and summarized in Table 1. Tables 2 through 8 give the results of the specified analyses. Raw laboratory data and graphical plots of data (where appropriate) are contained in Appendices A through G. Appendix H lists the methods used in these analyses. A detailed description of each method is available upon request. Several sample-specific observations are important for data interpretation. Sample G-5 @ 21.5 was a short core and showed indications of preferential flow. Sample G-5 @ 92.5 developed a visually apparent crack during drying which correlates with the higher air permeabilities observed at lower water contents. Several samples yielded negative estimates of extrapolated intrinsic permeability while measured apparent permeabilities were reasonable. For consistency, however, only intrinsic values are presented. While our defined task is to provide data for interpretation, the following comments are offered as a context for some of the common parameter extraction issues. Further details and a more comprehensive summary of TA-54 data can be found in Unsaturated hydraulic characteristics of the Bandelier tuff at TA-54 dated November 17, 1994.

  2. Physical and hydraulic properties of a sandy loam soil under zero, shallow and deep tillage practices

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    Over the centuries, tillage has been an important agronomic practice that has been used to mechanically alter soil properties and enhance the soil ecosystem for growth of crops. A 4-yr study investigated the impact of no-tillage (NT), shallow tillage at a 10-cm depth (ST), and deep tillage at a 30-c...

  3. Organic Carbon Effects on Soil Physical and Hydraulic Properties in a Semi-arid Climate

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    Increasing cropping intensity in the central Great Plains of the United States has led to increased organic carbon being stored in the soil. A study was conducted to investigate changes in soil physical properties associated with increased organic carbon levels. A cropping systems study was started ...

  4. Hydraulic Conductivity Anisotropy of Heterogeneous Unsaturated Soils

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    Sun, Dongmin; Zhu, Jianting

    2010-05-01

    The effects of saturation degree (or capillary pressure) on hydraulic conductivity anisotropy in unsaturated soils have not been fully understood. This study developed an approach based on a conceptualization of combining the neural network based pedo-transfer function (PTF) results with the thin layer concept to explore the capillary pressure-dependent anisotropy in relation to soil texture and soil bulk density. The main objective is to examine how anisotropy characteristics are related to the relationships between hydraulic parameters and the basic soil attributes such as texture and bulk density. The hydraulic parameters are correlated with the texture and bulk density based on the pedo-transfer function (PTF) results. It is demonstrated that non-monotonic behavior of the unsaturated soil anisotropy in relation to the capillary pressure is only observed when the saturated hydraulic conductivity and the shape parameter are both related to the mean particle diameter. When only one hydraulic parameter is related to the grain diameter or when both are not related to the same attribute simultaneously, the unsaturated soil anisotropy increases monotonically with the increasing capillary pressure head. Therefore, it is suggested that this behavior is mainly due to the coupled dependence of the layer saturated hydraulic conductivities and the shape factors on the texture and bulk density. The correlation between the soil grain diameter and bulk density decreases the anisotropy effects of the unsaturated layered soils. The study illustrates that the inter-relationships of soil texture, bulk density, and hydraulic properties may cause vastly different characteristics of anisotropic unsaturated soils.

  5. TRANSLATING AVAILABLE BASIC SOIL DATA INTO MISSING SOIL HYDRAULIC CHARACTERISTICS

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    Soil hydraulic pedotransfer functions transfer simple-to-measure soil survey information into soil hydraulic characteristics, that are otherwise costly to measure. Examples are presented of different equations describing hydraulic characteristics and of pedotransfer functions used to predict paramet...

  6. Estimate of soil hydraulic properties from disc infiltrometer three-dimensional infiltration curve. Numerical analysis and field application

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    Latorre, B.; Peña, C.; Lassabatere, L.; Angulo-Jaramillo, R.; Moret-Fernández, D.

    2015-08-01

    Based on the analysis of Haverkamp et al. (1994), this paper presents a new technique to estimate the soil hydraulic properties (sorptivity, S, and hydraulic conductivity, K) from the full-time cumulative infiltration curves. The proposed method, which will be named as the Numerical Solution of the Haverkamp equation (NSH), was validated on 12 synthetic soils simulated with HYDRUS-3D. The K values used to simulate the synthetic curves were compared to those estimated with the NSH method. A procedure to detect and remove the effect of the contact sand layer on the cumulative infiltration curve was also developed. A sensitivity analysis was performed using the water level measurement as uncertainty source and the procedure was evaluated considering different infiltration times and data noise (e.g. air-bubbling in the infiltrometer). The good correlation between the K used in HYDRUS-3D to model the infiltration curves and those obtained by the NSH method (R2 = 0.98) indicates this technique is robust enough to estimate the soil hydraulic conductivity from complete infiltration curves. The numerical procedure to detect and remove the influence of the contact sand layer on the K and S estimates resulted to be robust and efficient. A negative effect of the curve infiltration noise on the K estimate was observed. The results showed that infiltration time was an important factor to estimate K. Smaller values of K or lower uncertainty required longer infiltration times. In a second step, the technique was tested in field conditions on 266 different soils at saturation conditions, using a 10 cm diameter disc infiltrometer. The NSH method was compared to the standard differentiated linearization procedure (DL), which estimates the hydraulic parameters using the simplified Haverkamp et al. (1994) equation, valid only for short to medium times. Compared to DL, NSH was considerably less affected by the infiltration bubbling and the contact sand layer, and allowed more robust estimates of K and S. Although comparable S values were obtained with both methods, the NSH technique, which is not limited to short times, resulted in more accurate and robust estimates for K. This paper demonstrates the NSH method is a significant advance to estimate of the soil hydraulic properties from the transient water flow.

  7. UNSODA UNSATURATED SOIL HYDRAULIC DATABASE USER'S MANUAL VERSION 1.0

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    This report contains general documentation and serves as a user manual of the UNSODA program. UNSODA is a database of unsaturated soil hydraulic properties (water retention, hydraulic conductivity, and soil water diffusivity), basic soil properties (particle-size distribution, b...

  8. Spatial variability of soil hydraulics and remotely sensed soil parameters

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    Lascano, R. J.; Van Bavel, C. H. M.

    1982-01-01

    The development of methods to correctly interpret remotely sensed information about soil moisture and soil temperature requires an understanding of water and energy flow in soil, because the signals originate from the surface, or from a shallow surface layer, but reflect processes in the entire profile. One formidable difficulty in this application of soil physics is the spatial heterogeneity of natural soils. Earlier work has suggested that the heterogeneity of soil hydraulic properties may be described by the frequency distribution of a single scale factor. The sensitivity of hydraulic and energetic processes to the variation of this scale factor is explored with a suitable numerical model. It is believed that such an analysis can help in deciding how accurately and extensively basic physical properties of field soils need to be known in order to interpret thermal or radar waveband signals. It appears that the saturated hydraulic conductivity needs to be known only to its order of magnitude, and that the required accuracy of the soil water retention function is about 0.02 volume fraction. Furthermore, the results may be helpful in deciding how the total scene or view field, as perceived through a sensor, is composed from the actual mosaic of transient soil properties, such as surface temperature or surface soil moisture. However, the latter proposition presupposes a random distribution of permanent properties, a condition that may not be met in many instances, and no solution of the problem is apparent.

  9. Overland Flow Generation and Soil Hydraulic Properties in Two Catchments in Central Panama

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    Godsey, S.; Elsenbeer, H.; Stallard, R.

    2003-12-01

    Land management decisions in the Panama Canal watershed directly impact the hydrological functioning of the canal itself. Knowledge of the hydrological conditions in the forested portions of the watershed provides a baseline comparison for future land use changes. We chose to work on two streams on Barro Colorado Island that are representative of large regions of the watershed. These two streams respond differently to the same storm events: Conrad Trail Stream exhibits a fairly subdued and delayed response and Lutz Creek stream is flashier. In order to understand these differences, we investigated the soil saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) of the two catchments and studied the frequency of overland flow generation. The Ks measurements in dominant geologies in Lutz Creek as well as in Conrad Trail Stream are great enough at shallow depths (median Ks = 29.7, 65.6 and 38.3 mm/hr) that Hortonian overland flow is rare, but a marked decrease in Ks in Lutz Creek catchment at 30 cm (to 1.4 and 5.8 mm/hr) indicates that a perched water table leading to saturated overland flow is the likely runoff mechanism in Lutz Creek. In Conrad, Ks does not decrease as markedly with soil depth, and a perched water table would form at about 60 cm below the surface (median Ks = 0.7 mm/hr). Therefore, more water is able to infiltrate into the soil in Conrad Trail Stream and saturated overland flow is less common. Overland flow was generated much more frequently in Lutz Creek than in Conrad Trail Stream, with lower thresholds of storm magnitude, duration, antecedent wetness and intensity required to generate overland flow. We also quantified the importance of microtopographic features such as concentrated flow lines and the results have implications for experimental design at other field sites. The Lutz Creek and Conrad Trail stream information will provide a useful baseline for land management decisions.

  10. Evaluation of land surface model simulations of evapotranspiration over a 12 year crop succession: impact of the soil hydraulic properties

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    Garrigues, S.; Olioso, A.; Calvet, J.-C.; Martin, E.; Lafont, S.; Moulin, S.; Chanzy, A.; Marloie, O.; Desfonds, V.; Bertrand, N.; Renard, D.

    2014-10-01

    Evapotranspiration has been recognized as one of the most uncertain term in the surface water balance simulated by land surface models. In this study, the SURFEX/ISBA-A-gs simulations of evapotranspiration are assessed at local scale over a 12 year Mediterranean crop succession. The model is evaluated in its standard implementation which relies on the use of the ISBA pedotransfer estimates of the soil properties. The originality of this work consists in explicitly representing the succession of crop cycles and inter-crop bare soil periods in the simulations and assessing its impact on the dynamic of simulated and measured evapotranspiration over a long period of time. The analysis focuses on key soil parameters which drive the simulation of evapotranspiration, namely the rooting depth, the soil moisture at saturation, the soil moisture at field capacity and the soil moisture at wilting point. The simulations achieved with the standard values of these parameters are compared to those achieved with the in situ values. The portability of the ISBA pedotransfer functions is evaluated over a typical Mediterranean crop site. Various in situ estimates of the soil parameters are considered and distinct parametrization strategies are tested to represent the evapotranspiration dynamic over the crop succession. This work shows that evapotranspiration mainly results from the soil evaporation when it is continuously simulated over a Mediterranean crop succession. The evapotranspiration simulated with the standard surface and soil parameters of the model is largely underestimated. The deficit in cumulative evapotranspiration amounts to 24% over 12 years. The bias in daily daytime evapotranspiration is -0.24 mm day-1. The ISBA pedotransfer estimates of the soil moisture at saturation and at wilting point are overestimated which explains most of the evapotranspiration underestimation. The overestimation of the soil moisture at wilting point causes the underestimation of transpiration at the end of the crop cycles. The overestimation of the soil moisture at saturation triggers the underestimation of the soil evaporation during the wet soil periods. The use of field capacity values derived from laboratory retention measurements leads to inaccurate simulation of soil evaporation due to the lack of representativeness of the soil structure variability at the field scale. The most accurate simulation is achieved with the values of the soil hydraulic properties derived from field measured soil moisture. Their temporal analysis over each crop cycle provides meaningful estimates of the wilting point, the field capacity and the rooting depth to represent the crop water needs and accurately simulate the evapotranspiration over the crop succession. We showed that the uncertainties in the eddy-covariance measurements are significant and can explain a large part of the unresolved random differences between the simulations and the measurements of evapotranspiration. Other possible model shortcomings include the lack of representation of soil vertical heterogeneity and root profile along with inaccurate energy balance partitioning between the soil and the vegetation at low LAI.

  11. Coupled water and heat flow in laboratory evaporation experiments and its effects on soil hydraulic properties estimated by the simplified evaporation method

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    Iden, Sascha C.; Blöcher, Johanna; Diamantopoulos, Efstathios; Durner, Wolfgang

    2014-05-01

    The prediction of water fluxes in the field requires an accurate determination of soil hydraulic parameters which define the soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity function. The evaporation method has become a standard tool to quickly and reliably determine soil hydraulic properties in the wet to medium pressure head range. Recently, the method has profited from a significant improvement of soil sensors and data evaluation methods. In most cases, the data obtained from a transient evaporation experiment are evaluated using simplifying assumptions, like the ones implicit to Schindler's or Wind's methods. In the past, the effect of these simplifications on the identification of hydraulic properties has been investigated and found to be relatively minor. These studies were based on the evaluation of computer-generated data which were created by numerical modeling of the evaporation process with the Richards equation, i.e. by assuming isothermal liquid flow. Since evaporation from bare soil will always lead to loss of energy, the assumption of constant temperature is questionable. In addition, the effects of thermal and vapor fluxes on simplified evaluation methods have so far hardly been investigated. In this contribution we analyze the effects of (1) coupled heat and water flow and (2) temperature effects on physical parameters. We firstly generated data by a numerical model which solves the coupled heat and water flow problem first derived by Philip and de Vries, and then used these data as source for the estimation of hydraulic properties with the evaluation methods of Schindler and Wind. The virtual realities covered different atmospheric forcings like changing wind speed and varying incoming shortwave radiation. The objective of this study was to identify under which atmospheric conditions, for which soil textures, and in which pressure head range the simplified evaluation methods lead to unbiased estimates of the soil hydraulic properties.

  12. Probing pore-scale modeling methods to determine saturated/unsaturated hydraulic properties of highly structured agricultural soils

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    Gerke, Kirill; Korost, Dmitry; Umarova, Aminat; Vasilyev, Roman; Karsanina, Marina

    2013-04-01

    Novel pore-scale modelling methods are becoming popular in geophysical and petrophysical applications to determine single and multi-phase transport properties of sedimentary rocks (e.g., sandstones, carbonates, etc.). However, the implication of these techniques for soils is very limited to simple single phase flow simulations on small domains (without comparison to any laboratory measurements), or to simple pore-network approaches with more qualitative results which capture some important flow features (an especially strong limitation of these methods is usage of cylindrical pore-throats capable of containing only one fluid). In this contribution we try to determine saturated/unsaturated hydraulic properties and water retention curve (WRC) using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and pore-network modelling approaches for three soil samples taken from different layers from an agricultural field in Suzdal area of Russian Plain. Cylindrical samples with radius of 5 cm and volume of approximately 100 cubic cm were scanned using X-ray microtomography device SkyScan-1172 with the resolution of around 15 microns. After thresholding and bunarization the biggest possible cubes were subcropped and used for further analysis. At first, single-phase velocity fields and permeabilities were determined numerically solving Stokes equation directly on digitized 3D images. Same images were used for extraction of the pore-networks using maximal inscribed ball method. Single and two-phase (water-air) flow properties, including drainage curve (WRC) and relative permeabilities, were determined in these networks considering triangular and rectangular pore cross sections. Due to the unconventional samplers it was impossible to measure transport properties on the samples used for scanning and modelling. All measurements (bulk density, grain/aggregate size distributions, hydraulic conductivity and WRC, etc.) were performed using numerous (30-50 samples for each soil layer) conventionally obtained samples and used for comparison against scanning and modelling results. Our results show that both modelling methods provide similar single-phase flow results, so that simplified pore-network geometry is representative for given soil samples. Comparison of simulated and measured values for unsaturated characteristics also showed very promising results. Finally, we compare simulated relative permeabilities to that obtained using conventional Mualem-van Genuchten approaches and its modifications (Durner's WRCs for multi-modal pore-sizes). Future prospects of the pore-scale modelling technique in soil science applications are outlined and current challenges are discussed.

  13. Plant root-driven hydraulic redistribution, root nutrient uptake and carbon exudation interact with soil properties to generate rhizosphere resource hotspots that vary in space and time

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    Espeleta, J. F.; Neumann, R. B.; Cardon, Z. G.; Mayer, K. U.; Rastetter, E. B.

    2014-12-01

    Hydraulic redistribution (HR) of soil water by plants occurs in seasonally dry ecosystems worldwide. During drought, water flows from deep moist soil, through plant roots, into dry (often litter-rich) upper soil layers. Using modeling, we explored how physical transport processes driven by transpiration and hydraulic redistribution interact with root physiology (nutrient uptake and carbon exudation) and soil properties (soil texture and cation exchange) to influence nitrogen and carbon concentrations in the rhizosphere. At the single root scale, we modeled a 10-cm radial soil domain, and simulated solute transport, soil cation exchange, and root exudation and nutrient uptake under two water flow patterns: daytime transpiration without nighttime HR, and daytime transpiration with nighttime HR. During HR, water efflux flushed solutes away from the root, diluting the concentrations of key nutrients like nitrate. The transport of cations by transpiration in the day and their accumulation near the root led to competitive desorption of ammonium from soil further from the root and generation of hotspots of ammonium availability at night. HR influenced the spatial and temporal patterns of these hotspots and their intensity. They were also influenced by soil properties of texture and cation exchange capacity. This dynamic resource landscape caused by diel cycling between transpiration and hydraulic redistribution presents a stage for greater complexity of microbial interactions. We are currently embedding a microbial community and small food web into this rhizosphere model in order to explore how organisms responsible for nutrient and soil carbon cycling respond to these fluctuating resource regimes.

  14. USE OF SOIL SURVEY INFORMATION FOR DETERMINING SOIL HYDRAULIC PARAMETERS FOR HYDROLOGIC MODELING

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    The soil controls the downward movement of water in the subsurface and the amount of water available for evapotranspiration. Knowledge of soil physical and hydraulic properties is, therefore, a key element in hydrologic modeling. Laboratory and field methods for determining soil hydraulic propertie...

  15. Bulk density, water content and hydraulic properties of a sandy loam soil following conventional or strip tillage

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    We evaluated the effects of conventional (CT) and strip (ST) tillage practices on bulk density ('b), water content ('w), infiltration rate (Ir) and hydraulic conductivity (Ks) of plots in a Lihen sandy loam soil during the 2007 and 2008 growing seasons. We measured 'b and 'w using soil cores collect...

  16. Tillage Effects on Bulk Density and Hydraulic Properties of a Sandy Loam Soil in the Mon-Dak Region, USA

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    We evaluated the effects of conventional (CT) and strip (ST) tillage practices on bulk density (BD), water content (MC), infiltration rate (Ir) and hydraulic conductivity (Ks) in a Lihen sandy loam soil. Soil cores were collected from each plot at 0 to 10 and 10 to 30 cm depths under each tillage pr...

  17. Estimation of Effective Soil Hydraulic Properties Using Data From High Resolution Gamma Densiometry and Tensiometers of Multi-Step-Outflow Experiments

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    Werisch, Stefan; Lennartz, Franz; Bieberle, Andre

    2013-04-01

    Dynamic Multi Step Outflow (MSO) experiments serve for the estimation of the parameters from soil hydraulic functions like e.g. the Mualem van Genuchten model. The soil hydraulic parameters are derived from outflow records and corresponding matric potential measurements from commonly a single tensiometer using inverse modeling techniques. We modified the experimental set up allowing for simultaneous measurements of the matric potential with three tensiometers and the water content using a high-resolution gamma-ray densiometry measurement system (Bieberle et al., 2007, Hampel et al., 2007). Different combinations of the measured time series were used for the estimation of effective soil hydraulic properties, representing different degrees of information of the "hydraulic reality" of the sample. The inverse modeling task was solved with the multimethod search algorithm AMALGAM (Vrugt et al., 2007) in combination with the Hydrus1D model (Šimúnek et al., 2008). Subsequently, the resulting effective soil hydraulic parameters allow the simulation of the MSO experiment and the comparison of model results with observations. The results show that the information of a single tensiometer together with the outflow record result in a set of effective soil hydraulic parameters producing an overall good agreement between the simulation and the observation for the location of the tensiometer. Significantly deviating results are obtained for the other tensiometer positions using this parameter set. Inclusion of more information, such as additional matric potential measurements with the according water contents within the optimization procedure lead to different, more representative hydraulic parameters which improved the overall agreement significantly. These findings indicate that more information about the soil hydraulic state variables in space and time are necessary to obtain effective soil hydraulic properties of soil core samples. Bieberle, A., Kronenberg, J., Schleicher, E., Hampel, U., 2007: Design of a high resolution gamma ray detector module for tomography applications, Nuclear Instruments And Methods in Physics Research A, Vol. 572, pp. 668-675. Hampel, U., Bieberle, A., Hoppe, D., Kronenberg, J., Schleicher, E., Sühnel, T., Zimmermann, F., Zippe, C., 2007: High resolution gamma ray tomography scanner for flow measurement and non-destructive testing applications, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 78, 103704. Šimúnek, J., Šejna, M., Saito, H., Sakai, M. & van Genuchten, M. Th., 2008: The Hydrus-1D Software Package for Simulating the Movement of Water, Heat, and Multiple Solutes in Variably Saturated Media, Version 4.0, HYDRUS Software Series 3, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, USA, pp. 315. Vrugt, J.A. and Robinson, B.A. 2007: Improved evolutionary optimization from genetically adaptive multimethod search, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 104, 708 - 711.

  18. Remotely Estimation of the Soil Hydraulic Properties by Using Full-Waveform Hydrogeophysical Inversion of the Time-Lapse GPR Data

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    Jadoon, K. Z.; Sebastien, L.; Slob, E. C.; Vereecken, H.

    2009-12-01

    Recently, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is increasingly being used to provide quantitative information of the subsurface distributions and hydrological properties. We used integrated hydrogeophysical inversion of time-lapse, proximal ground penetrating radar (GPR) data to remotely estimate the unsaturated soil hydraulic properties. The radar system is based on international standard vector network analyzer technology and a full-waveform model is used to describe wave propagation in the antenna-air-soil system, including antenna-soil interactions. Hydrodynamic modeling was based on a one-dimensional solution of Richard’s equation and was used to constrain the inverse electromagnetic problem in reconstructing vertical water content profiles. As a result, the estimated parameters reduce to the soil hydraulic properties, thereby strongly reducing the dimensionality of the inverse problem. The approach is tested in controlled laboratory conditions for a variable infiltration event in a homogeneous sandy soil. In total, sixteen GPR observations were made with uneven time steps, to catch most of the observed water dynamics. Results were compared with TDR and ground truth measurements. Finally, we tested the approach in real field conditions at one location. TDR probes were installed at four different depths to infer the dynamics of vertical water content profile and used as a reference method for comparsion. The results suggest that the proposed method is promising for characterizing the shallow subsurface hydraulic properties at the field scale with a high spatial resolution.

  19. Analysis of uncertainties associated with different methods to determine soil hydraulic properties and their propagation in the distributed hydrological MIKE SHE model

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    Christiaens, K.; Feyen, J.

    2001-06-01

    Complex hydrological models require a significant amount of data as input. The necessary measurement campaigns to determine input variables and parameters can be extremely expensive and time consuming, particularly at catchment scale. A subset of the inputs of hydrological models is the set of soil hydraulic parameters. Pedo-transfer-functions (PTFs), relating easily measurable soil properties to soil hydraulic parameters, can deliver candidate approximations for the required soil hydraulic properties. In the present study, uncertainties, resulting from four ways to obtain soil hydraulic parameters, are compared and evaluated with respect to their resulting uncertainties on different model outputs. These four methods are: (i) moisture retention lab measurements, (ii) prediction via PTFs using field texture measurements, (iii) prediction via PTFs using USDA texture classes, and (iv) prediction through the bootstrap-neural network approach using field texture measurements. The effect of parameter uncertainties on simulated catchment response was investigated using the spatially distributed, physically based hydrological MIKE SHE model in a joint deterministic-stochastic approach, based on the Latin Hypercube Sampling. As expected, different results are found for the different model outputs: discharge, ground water level, and soil water content. Including the PTF model as well as measurement fitting error, next to soil heterogeneity, when quantifying the input distributions, has a major impact, which cannot be neglected. Scaling issues were disregarded and parameters presumed to be grid-effective. The assumption of equal medians of the soil hydraulic functions, providing the input for the MIKE SHE model, generally cannot be rejected, but the uncertainties differed. The neural network approach consistently provides the smallest uncertainty, but exhibits different median values as well as uncertainty, and as such its application requires further research. No significant conclusions can be inferred for the ground water elevations — the model behaved differently for the separate methods, indicating even non-behavioural parameter sets. Soil water content and cumulative discharge uncertainty followed the iv, i, ii, iii order. Ksat (ground water recharge, runoff-infiltration ratio) and θs (soil water contents) can be established as influential parameters. Methods ii and i provide for similar in- and output, however their input distributions do not necessarily correspond to grid-effective values. Depending on the objective of the model application, approximation methods to assess soil hydraulic parameters can be a valid option.

  20. Hydraulic Property and Soil Textural Classification Measurements for Rainier Mesa, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    Ebel, Brian A.; Nimmo, John R.

    2009-12-29

    This report presents particle size analysis, field-saturated hydraulic conductivity measurements, and qualitative descriptions of surficial materials at selected locations at Rainier Mesa, Nevada. Measurements and sample collection were conducted in the Rainier Mesa area, including unconsolidated sediments on top of the mesa, an ephemeral wash channel near the mesa edge, and dry U12n tunnel pond sediments below the mesa. Particle size analysis used a combination of sieving and optical diffraction techniques. Field-saturated hydraulic conductivity measurements employed a single-ring infiltrometer with analytical formulas that correct for falling head and spreading outside the ring domain. These measurements may prove useful to current and future efforts at Rainier Mesa aimed at understanding infiltration and its effect on water fluxes and radionuclide transport in the unsaturated zone.

  1. Hydraulic Property and Soil Textural Classification Measurements for Rainier Mesa, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    Ebel, Brian A.; Nimmo, John R.

    2010-01-01

    This report presents particle size analysis, field-saturated hydraulic conductivity measurements, and qualitative descriptions of surficial materials at selected locations at Rainier Mesa, Nevada. Measurements and sample collection were conducted in the Rainier Mesa area, including unconsolidated sediments on top of the mesa, an ephemeral wash channel near the mesa edge, and dry U12n tunnel pond sediments below the mesa. Particle size analysis used a combination of sieving and optical diffraction techniques. Field-saturated hydraulic conductivity measurements employed a single-ring infiltrometer with analytical formulas that correct for falling head and spreading outside the ring domain. These measurements may prove useful to current and future efforts at Rainier Mesa aimed at understanding infiltration and its effect on water fluxes and radionuclide transport in the unsaturated zone.

  2. Effects of soil hydraulic properties on the spatial variability of soil water content: Evidence from sensor network data and inverse modeling

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    Improved understanding of the temporal variability and stability of soil water content (SWC) and its relation to local and nonlocal controls is a major challenge in modern hydrology. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of soil hydraulic parameters on temporal stability of SWC with...

  3. Non-equilibrium in soil hydraulic modelling

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    Vogel, H.-J.; Weller, U.; Ippisch, O.

    2010-10-01

    SummaryA notorious problem in modelling water dynamics within the unsaturated zone is preferential flow and temporal non-equilibrium between water content and water potential. These phenomena originate from the ubiquitous spatial heterogeneity of soil hydraulic properties and substantially hampers the prediction of solute transport from the soil surface towards groundwater. The characteristic scale of these processes is the soil profile or 'pedon scale' where modelling of water dynamics is typically based on the well established Richards equation which has been augmented by various conceptual approaches to represent preferential flow phenomena. In this paper we investigate through numerical case studies hydraulic non-equilibrium during infiltration of water into relatively dry, heterogeneous soil profiles, which is the most prominent scenario where non-equilibrium conditions affect the overall dynamics of water and solutes. We start from well-defined local heterogeneities in a two-dimensional domain and we analyze the dynamics of water content and water potential at the models full spatial resolution. Based on our numerical results we approach the problem of how to represent the heterogeneous setting by an effective one-dimensional description. For practical purposes of large scale applications, such one-dimensional schemes are highly required. As a prerequisite, soil types need to be represented by a reduced set of effective hydraulic properties. The main challenge is to preserve preferential flow phenomena in such simplified one-dimensional models. We demonstrate that classical approaches of volume averaging do not reflect non-equilibrium effects. From the different concepts for representing hydraulic non-equilibrium we focus on an approach proposed by Ross and Smettem [Ross, P., Smettem, K.R.J., 2000. A simple treatment of physical non-equilibrium water flow in soil. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 64, 1926-1930] to decouple water content and water potential. This concept is corroborated by our numerical results and we discuss the possibility to link non-equilibrium dynamics and the related model parameters to observable structural properties of the material.

  4. Multivariate distributions of soil hydraulic parameters

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    Qu, Wei; Pachepsky, Yakov; Huisman, Johan Alexander; Martinez, Gonzalo; Bogena, Heye; Vereecken, Harry

    2014-05-01

    Statistical distributions of soil hydraulic parameters have to be known when synthetic fields of soil hydraulic properties need to be generated in ensemble modeling of soil water dynamics and soil water content data assimilation. Pedotransfer functions that provide statistical distributions of water retention and hydraulic conductivity parameters for textural classes are most often used in the parameter field generation. Presence of strong correlations can substantially influence the parameter generation results. The objective of this work was to review and evaluate available data on correlations between van Genuchten-Mualem (VGM) model parameters. So far, two different approaches were developed to estimate these correlations. The first approach uses pedotransfer functions to generate VGM parameters for a large number of soil compositions within a textural class, and then computes parameter correlations for each of the textural classes. The second approach computes the VGM parameter correlations directly from parameter values obtained by fitting VGM model to measured water retention and hydraulic conductivity data for soil samples belonging to a textural class. Carsel and Parish (1988) used the Rawls et al. (1982) pedotransfer functions, and Meyer et al. (1997) used the Rosetta pedotransfer algorithms (Schaap, 2002) to develop correlations according to the first approach. We used the UNSODA database (Nemes et al. 2001), the US Southern Plains database (Timlin et al., 1999), and the Belgian database (Vereecken et al., 1989, 1990) to apply the second approach. A substantial number of considerable (>0.7) correlation coefficients were found. Large differences were encountered between parameter correlations obtained with different approaches and different databases for the same textural classes. The first of the two approaches resulted in generally higher values of correlation coefficients between VGM parameters. However, results of the first approach application depend on pedotransfer relationships not only within a given textural class but also on pedotransfer relationships within other textural classes since the pedotransfer relationships are developed across the database containing data for several textural classes. Therefore, joint multivariate parameter distributions for a specific class may not be sufficiently accurate. Currently PTF may give the best prediction of the parameter itself, but they are not designed to estimate correlations between parameters. Covariance matrices for soil hydraulic parameters present an additional type of pedotransfer information that needs to be acquired and used whenever random sets of those parameters are to be generated.

  5. Influence of soil texture on hydraulic properties and water relations of a dominant warm-desert phreatophyte.

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    Hultine, K R; Koepke, D F; Pockman, W T; Fravolini, A; Sperry, J S; Williams, D G

    2006-03-01

    We investigated hydraulic constraints on water uptake by velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina Woot.) at a site with sandy-loam soil and at a site with loamy-clay soil in southeastern Arizona, USA. We predicted that trees on sandy-loam soil have less negative xylem and soil water potentials during drought and a lower resistance to xylem cavitation, and reach E(crit) (the maximum steady-state transpiration rate without hydraulic failure) at higher soil water potentials than trees on loamy-clay soil. However, minimum predawn leaf xylem water potentials measured during the height of summer drought were significantly lower at the sandy-loam site (-3.5 +/- 0.1 MPa; all errors are 95% confidence limits) than at the loamy-clay site (-2.9 +/- 0.1 MPa). Minimum midday xylem water potentials also were lower at the sandy-loam site (-4.5 +/- 0.1 MPa) than at the loamy-clay site (-4.0 +/- 0.1 MPa). Despite the differences in leaf water potentials, there were no significant differences in either root or stem xylem embolism, mean cavitation pressure or Psi(95) (xylem water potential causing 95% cavitation) between trees at the two sites. A soil-plant hydraulic model parameterized with the field data predicted that E(crit) approaches zero at a substantially higher bulk soil water potential (Psi(s)) on sandy-loam soil than on loamy-clay soil, because of limiting rhizosphere conductance. The model predicted that transpiration at the sandy-loam site is limited by E(crit) and is tightly coupled to Psi(s) over much of the growing season, suggesting that seasonal transpiration fluxes at the sandy-loam site are strongly linked to intra-annual precipitation pulses. Conversely, the model predicted that trees on loamy-clay soil operate below E(crit) throughout the growing season, suggesting that fluxes on fine-textured soils are closely coupled to inter-annual changes in precipitation. Information on the combined importance of xylem and rhizosphere constraints to leaf water supply across soil texture gradients provides insight into processes controlling plant water balance and larger scale hydrologic processes. PMID:16356903

  6. UTILITY OF NON-PARAMETRIC 'K-NEAREST NEIGHBOR' ALGORITHMS TO ESTIMATE SOIL HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES

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    Non-parametric approaches are being used in various fields to address classification type problems, as well as to estimate continuous variables. One type of the non-parametric lazy learning algorithms, a k-Nearest Neighbor (k-NN) algorithm has been developed to estimate soil water retention at 33 a...

  7. Development of hydraulic properties and nitrate turnover processes in minerotrophic fen soil on differnet scales

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    Kleimeier, Christian; Lennartz, Bernd

    2014-05-01

    Generally, it is recommended to remove the uppermost highly degraded peat layer from fens prior to rewetting to eliminate a potential source of organic pollutants for downstream water bodies. We investigated this material as a potential medium for denitrifying filters to further use the organic material. We are aiming to remove nitrate from tile drainage runoff at the outlet drainage dominated catchments to fullfill the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive. In a lysimeter scale long term mesocosm experiments we were aiming to reveal the peats behavior after disturbing and rewetting under constant flow conditions. Tracer experiments revealed a restructuring of the peat ending up at 20/80 percentage of mobile immobile pore volume. Additionally we observed the nitrate turnover. The turnover rate was determined by the hydraulic load. Absolute turnover rates were equal at lower and higher concentrations as well as flow rates, whereas the turnover reached higher percentages at lower concentrations. To further reveal the nitrate turnover processes flow through rector experiments were conducted in an anaerobic environment. We found that strongly reducing conditions can be created in peat even at the presence of nitrate. Thus we can conclude that the minerotrophic peat with its high iron and sulfur concentrations also enables autotrophic denitrification oxidizing iron and sulfur. While the conditions are favorable to re-reduce iron and sulfur,thus an electron shuttling system developed transporting electrons from the organic material as initial e- donor to nitrate as terminal e- acceptor.

  8. A Brazilian soil hydraulic database and field capacity analysis

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    Luiza Lima Ferreira, Ana; Van Dam, Jos Cornelis; de Jong van Lier, Quirijn

    2015-04-01

    Field Capacity (FC) is a widely-used concept by agricultural engineers, hydrologists and soil physicists to quantify the available soil water during growing seasons and the accessible soil water storage during intensive rainfall periods. In the field FC does depend on various environmental factors, including the soil hydraulic properties, rate of evapotranspiration, root density distribution, and groundwater level. Therefore world-wide different approaches are used to determine field capacity, based on both static and dynamic criteria. Dynamic criteria are usually related to the simulation of the soil internal drainage, until the percolation attains a negligible value. Recently Assouline and Or (2014) proposed a soil intrinsic characteristic length to determine the FC pressure head. This characteristic length is related to the loss of hydraulic continuity and is derived from the soil water retention function. In Brazil soil hydraulic properties were not yet organized in a database. Therefore we collected existing data of unsaturated soil hydraulic properties across Brazil, using available PhD thesis and scientific publications. This inquiry resulted in a soil sample data set of 106 horizons. We fitted the soil hydraulic parameters (θr, θs, α, n,gλ and Ks)of the Mualem-Van Genuchten (1980) function to all soil samples. Next we derived FC values based on soil internal drainage and using the characteristic length according to Assouline and Or (2014). The internal drainage is analysed with the agrohydrological model SWAP (Kroes and van Dam, 2008). In the poster we will present the Brazilian soil hydraulic database and the derived FC values.

  9. On the effect of soil hydraulic properties on the relationship between spatial variation and spatial mean of soil water contents

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    Understanding soil moisture variability and its relationship with water content at various scales is a key issue in hydrological research. In this work we analyze this relationship by using the Monte-Carlo simulations of unsaturated flow in bare soils for eleven USDA textural classes. Parameters of ...

  10. Use of LANDSAT images of vegetation cover to estimate effective hydraulic properties of soils

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    Eagleson, Peter S.; Jasinski, Michael F.

    1988-01-01

    This work focuses on the characterization of natural, spatially variable, semivegetated landscapes using a linear, stochastic, canopy-soil reflectance model. A first application of the model was the investigation of the effects of subpixel and regional variability of scenes on the shape and structure of red-infrared scattergrams. Additionally, the model was used to investigate the inverse problem, the estimation of subpixel vegetation cover, given only the scattergrams of simulated satellite scale multispectral scenes. The major aspects of that work, including recent field investigations, are summarized.

  11. Relationship between Anisotropy in Soil Hydraulic Conductivity and Saturation

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    Zhang, Z. Fred

    2014-01-01

    Anisotropy in unsaturated hydraulic conductivity is saturation-dependent. Accurate characterization of soil anisotropy is very important in simulating flow and contaminant (e.g., radioactive nuclides in Hanford) transport. A recently developed tensorial connectivity-tortuosity (TCT) concept describes the hydraulic conductivity tensor of the unsaturated anisotropic soils as the product of a scalar variable, the symmetric connectivity tortuosity tensor, and the hydraulic conductivity tensor at saturation. In this study, the TCT model is used to quantify soil anisotropy in unsaturated hydraulic conductivity. The TCT model can describe different types of soil anisotropy; e.g., the anisotropy coefficient, C, can be monotonically increase or decrease with saturation and can vary from greater than unity to less than unity and vice versa. Soil anisotropy is independent of soil water retention properties and can be characterized by the ratio of the saturated hydraulic conductivities and the difference of the tortuosity-connectivity coefficients in two directions. ln(C) is linearly proportional to ln(Se) with Se being the effective saturation. The log-linear relationship between C and Se allows the saturation-dependent anisotropy to be determined using linear regression with the measurements of the directional hydraulic conductivities at a minimum of two water content levels, of which one may be at full saturation. The model was tested using measurements of directional hydraulic conductivities.

  12. Effects of Estimating Soil Hydraulic Properties and Root Growth Factor on Soil Water Balance and Crop Production

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    Increasing water use efficiency (WUE) is one of the oldest goals in agricultural sciences, yet it is still not fully understood and achieved due to the complexity of soil-weather-management interactions. System models that quantify these interactions are increasingly used for optimizing crop WUE, es...

  13. A theoretical analysis to estimate the hydraulic properties of a loam soil from a capillary-evaporation process

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    Peña-Sancho, Carolina; Ghezzehei, Teamrat A.; Latorre, Borja; Moret-Fernández, David

    2015-04-01

    The determination of the water retention curve (WRC) parameters and the hydraulic conductivity (K) is of paramount importance in many scientific fields such as hydrology or environmental science. Their direct characterization, however, is typically cumbersome and time consuming. This work analyze the viability to estimate the α and n Van Genuchten (VG) WRC parameters and K from following processes: a capillary wetting process at saturation, an evaporation process and a capillary wetting at saturation followed by an evaporation process. The theoretical analysis was carried out on a 5 cm high and 5 cm diameter cylinder filled with loam soil using numerically generated data with the HYDRUS 2D code. The error maps for the above mentioned processes and the n-K, α-n and K-α planes were generated from the RMSE calculated between the original and the simulated cumulative curves. The deviation (%) between the optimal and original hydraulic parameters was also calculated. Results showed that the capillary plus evaporation method applied on the n-K and α-n planes was the unique process that allowed a unique and well defined minimum. For this last case, the deviation for the α and n parameter were 6'67 and 0'88%, respectively. Taking into account that K can be easy measured from the same soil cylinder by means of Darcy's law, we conclude the capillary + evaporation process can be a simple and effective alternative to estimate the WRC parameters. To this end, the hysteresis phenomena due to the wetting-evaporation process should be taking into account.

  14. THE RETC CODE FOR QUANTIFYING THE HYDRAULIC FUNCTIONS OF UNSATURATED SOILS

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    This report describes the RETC computer code for analyzing the soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions of unsaturated soils. These hydraulic properties are key parameters in any quantitative description of water flow into and through the unsaturated zone of soil...

  15. The effects of vegetation and soil hydraulic properties on passive microwave sensing of soil moisture: Data report for the 1982 fiels experiments

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    Oneill, P.; Jackson, T.; Blanchard, B. J.; Vandenhoek, R.; Gould, W.; Wang, J.; Glazar, W.; Mcmurtrey, J., III

    1983-01-01

    Field experiments to (1) study the biomass and geometrical structure properties of vegetation canopies to determine their impact on microwave emission data, and (2) to verify whether time series microwave data can be related to soil hydrologic properties for use in soil type classification. Truck mounted radiometers at 1.4 GHz and 5 GHz were used to obtain microwave brightness temperatures of bare vegetated test plots under different conditions of soil wetness, plant water content and canopy structure. Observations of soil moisture, soil temperature, vegetation biomass and other soil and canopy parameters were made concurrently with the microwave measurements. The experimental design and data collection procedures for both experiments are documented and the reduced data are presented in tabular form.

  16. Assessing soil hydraulic characteristics using HYPROP and BEST: a comparison

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    Leitinger, Georg; Obojes, Nikolaus; Lassabatère, Laurent

    2015-04-01

    Knowledge of ecohydrological characteristics with high spatial resolution is a prerequisite for large-scale hydrological modelling. Data on soil hydraulic characteristics are of major importance, but measurements are often seen as time consuming and costly. In order to accurately model grassland productivity and in particular evapotranspiration, soil sampling and infiltration experiments at 25 grassland sites ranging from 900m to 2300m a.s.l. were conducted in the long term socio-ecological research (LTSER) site Stubai Valley, Tyrolean Alps, Austria, covering 265 km². Here we present a comparison of two methods to determine important hydrological properties of soils: (1) the evaporation method HYPROP (Hydraulic Property Analyzer; UMS Munich, 2010), and (2) the BEST-model (Beerkan Estimation of Soil Transfer Parameters; Lassabatère et al. (2006)), each determining the soil hydraulic characteristics and in particular the water retention curve. For the most abundant soil types we compared the pf-curves calculated from HYPROP data suing the Van Genuchten equation to the ones resulting from the comparatively time efficient BEST approach to find out if the latter is a suitable method to determine pf curves of alpine grassland soils. Except for the soil type Rendzina, the comparison of HYPROP and BEST showed slightly variations in the pF curves and resulting hydraulic characteristics. At the starting point BEST curves presented a slower dehydration, HYPROP a fast and continuous water loss. HYPROP analyses showed the highest variability in the measured values of Rendzina. Regarding BEST, the Alluvial Soils showed the highest variability. To assess equivalence between HYPROP and BEST we deduced several hydraulic characteristics from the pF curves, e.g. saturated water content, field capacity, permanent wilting point, pore size distribution, and minimum water retention. The comparison of HYPROP and BEST revealed that the results of soil water characteristics may depend on the methodological Approach with differences in equivalence between selected soil types. Thus, the used method is crucial to derive soil hydraulic parameters right from pF curves for water balance models. The results further showed that the BEST model is a promising method to determine soil water characteristics with minimal field- and laboratory work in large-scale studies. Reference: Lassabatère L, Angulo-Jaramillo R, Soria Ugalde JM, Cuenca R, Braud I and Haverkamp R (2006) Beerkan Estimation of Soil Transfer Parameters through Infiltration Experiments-BEST. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 70: 521-532, doi:10.2136/sssaj2005.0026.

  17. Calculated Hydraulic Conductivity of Soil in Seoul, Korea

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    Lee, D.

    2001-12-01

    Because of growing evidence and public concern that the quality of the subsurface environment is being adversely affected by industrial, municipal and agricultural activities, environmental issue relating the unsaturated zone has dramatically increased in recent years. Especially, advection and dispersion mechanism of contaminants should be studied first for accurate prediction and optimal conservation of environmental system in metropolitan area. In this study, physical properties and water retention characteristics of soil samples collected through Seoul area were obtained as primary input data for evaluating unsaturated hydraulic conductivities of the samples. Comparing results of grain size analyses of 11 soil samples with detailed soil map, loam may covers about 50.83% of Seoul area and sandy loam, silt loam, fine sandy loam and silt clay loam account for about 20.9%, 10.18%, 7.93% and 0.86%, respectively. As physical properties of the samples, porosity, wet, saturate and dry densities of 11 soil samples ranged 0.33-0.51, 1.68-2.01, 1.81-2.07, and 1.37-1.78, respectively. In addition, soil water characteristic function of 11 soil samples showing the relation between volumetric moisture content of soil and hydraulic head were obtained. Unsaturated hydraulic conductivities of the samples were also calculated on the basis of theoretical method which predict the conductivity more easily from measured soil water retention data. The calculated conductivities of the samples ranged 1.08-101.44 cm/sec.

  18. A laboratory method to determine the hydraulic conductivity of mountain forest soils using undisturbed soil samples

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    Ilek, Anna; Kucza, Jaros?aw

    2014-11-01

    Determination of infiltration properties of soils under laboratory conditions necessitates the collection of soil samples in a way that maintains their natural physical properties. Mountain forest soils, containing rock fragments, root systems and a significant amount of organic matter, make it extremely difficult to test their hydraulic conductivity using both laboratory and field methods. A widely used technique of sampling by driving a cylinder into the ground in this type of soils causes damage to their structure resulting from the displacement of root systems and rock fragments as well as reduction of soil porosity. Thus, subsequent results contain an error that is difficult to estimate. The aim of the present research was: (1) to develop a laboratory method for testing the hydraulic conductivity of mountain forest soils, and in particular a method of collection of undisturbed soil samples, (2) to determine the influence of the applied method of collecting samples on the thickening of their peripheral layer and on elimination of increased infiltration at the boundary between the soil medium and the cylinder, (3) to determine the extent of the impact of the irregular shape of a sample on its hydraulic conductivity and (4) to develop an empirical method for determining the actual values of hydraulic conductivity, taking into account the error associated with the flow of water through samples with different shapes. The method of soil sampling consists in gradual formation of a cylindrical soil monolith and filling the free space between the monolith and the tri-cylindrical container with low-pressure assembly foam. This method ensures preservation of the natural physical properties of the examined samples and elimination of errors during the measurement of the hydraulic conductivity, caused by increased infiltration at the boundary between the soil medium and the cylinder. It was shown that the mean error of hydraulic conductivity determination, related to the irregular shape of samples, amounts to 11.57%. The error may be eliminated by the application of conversion coefficients.

  19. DEMONSTRATION BULLETIN: HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OF CONTAMINATED SOIL

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    Hydraulic fracturing is a physical process that creates fractures in silty clay soil to enhance its permeability. The technology, developed by the Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory (RREL) and the University of Cincinnati, creates sand-filled horizontal fractures up to 1 in. i...

  20. Effective Hydraulic Conductivity of Unsaturated Isotropic Soils with Multidimensional Heterogeneity

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    Zhang, Z. F.

    2010-05-01

    Accurate simulation and prediction of flow and transport of solutes in a heterogeneous vadose zone requires the appropriate hydraulic properties corresponding to the spatial scale of interest. Upscaling techniques provide effective properties to describe the vadose zone systems behavior with information collected at a much smaller scale. Realizing that a saturated system can be considered as a special state of the unsaturated system, the methodologies for upscaling the saturated hydraulic conductivity of heterogeneous isotropic porous media under steady-state flow conditions can be extended for upscaling the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity. An advantage of this approach is that the extended upscaling methods are independent of the choice of hydraulic function models. The Matheron, small-perturbation, and self-consistent upscaling methods were used to demonstrate the approach. The extended upscaling methods were tested using multi-step numerical experiments of gravity-induced flow into Miller-similar synthetic soils with different levels of heterogeneity. Results show that, under 3-D flow conditions in isotropic soils, the self-consistent method applies to all the soil heterogeneity conditions considered while the Matheron and small-perturbation methods are acceptable for soil of relatively low variability.

  1. Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity for Evaporation in Large scale Heterogeneous Soils

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    Sun, D.; Zhu, J.

    2014-12-01

    In this study we aim to provide some practical guidelines of how the commonly used simple averaging schemes (arithmetic, geometric, or harmonic mean) perform in simulating large scale evaporation in a large scale heterogeneous landscape. Previous studies on hydraulic property upscaling focusing on steady state flux exchanges illustrated that an effective hydraulic property is usually more difficult to define for evaporation. This study focuses on upscaling hydraulic properties of large scale transient evaporation dynamics using the idea of the stream tube approach. Specifically, the two main objectives are: (1) if the three simple averaging schemes (i.e., arithmetic, geometric and harmonic means) of hydraulic parameters are appropriate in representing large scale evaporation processes, and (2) how the applicability of these simple averaging schemes depends on the time scale of evaporation processes in heterogeneous soils. Multiple realizations of local evaporation processes are carried out using HYDRUS-1D computational code (Simunek et al, 1998). The three averaging schemes of soil hydraulic parameters were used to simulate the cumulative flux exchange, which is then compared with the large scale average cumulative flux. The sensitivity of the relative errors to the time frame of evaporation processes is also discussed.

  2. Cautionary notes on the use of the Rawls et al. (1982) soil hydraulic pedotransfer functions

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    Environmental and crop simulation models use a wide range of inputs that include soil hydraulic properties. For many applications, use of laboratory determined soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity data is not feasible; therefore those need to be estimated. The current version of the Agric...

  3. Pedotransfer functions: bridging the gap between available basic soil data and missing soil hydraulic characteristics

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    Wsten, J. H. M.; Pachepsky, Ya. A.; Rawls, W. J.

    2001-10-01

    Water retention and hydraulic conductivity are crucial input parameters in any modelling study on water flow and solute transport in soils. Due to inherent temporal and spatial variability in these hydraulic characteristics, large numbers of samples are required to properly characterise areas of land. Hydraulic characteristics can be obtained from direct laboratory and field measurements. However, these measurements are time consuming which makes it costly to characterise an area of land. As an alternative, analysis of existing databases of measured soil hydraulic data may result in pedotransfer functions. In practise, these functions often prove to be good predictors for missing soil hydraulic characteristics. Examples are presented of different equations describing hydraulic characteristics and of pedotransfer functions used to predict parameters in these equations. Grouping of data prior to pedotransfer function development is discussed as well as the use of different soil properties as predictors. In addition to regression analysis, new techniques such as artificial neural networks, group methods of data handling, and classification and regression trees are increasingly being used for pedotransfer function development. Actual development of pedotransfer functions is demonstrated by describing a practical case study. Examples are presented of pedotransfer function for predicting other than hydraulic characteristics. Accuracy and reliability of pedotransfer functions are demonstrated and discussed. In this respect, functional evaluation of pedotransfer functions proves to be a good tool to assess the desired accuracy of a pedotransfer function for a specific application.

  4. Dynamics of hydraulic properties due to biological clogging

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    Rosenzweig, R.; Shavit, U.; Furman, A.

    2012-04-01

    Classic treatment of soil-water flow is described by the unsaturated version of Darcy's law and Richards' equation, assuming time invariant hydraulic properties, e.g. the saturated hydraulic conductivity, Ks, and van Genuchten-Mualem's α and n. However, when bacteria is present the soil is quite far from being time invariant and biological activity constantly alters the pore-scale structure, leading to macro-scale alteration of the hydraulic properties. This may be of high relevance to processes such as subsurface bioremediation, soil aquifer treatment, wastewater irrigation, and more. In this work we explore the dynamic alteration of soil hydraulic properties by a combination of column experiments and pore-network modeling. We experimentally demonstrate how biological activity clogs an unsaturated soil column and reduces its hydraulic conductivity, while a similar column where biological activity is limited does not clog. Further, we demonstrate that the clogging is preferential to the nutrient input. Next, we develop a pore-network model that uses triangular shape channels. This allows a dual occupancy (water-air) of each channel and high connectivity. The model solves the flow of water, nutrient transport, and biological dynamics. It includes biofilm growth and decay, attachment and detachment, and nutrient exchange between the water and biofilm phases. We perform a sensitivity analysis of the model and qualitatively show through the loss of connectivity how the clogging that was observed in our experiment can be explained.

  5. Impact of long-term conservation tillage cropping systems on soil hydraulic properties in the Pacific Northwest

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    Soil erosion can be manipulated through tillage and crop residue management as a consequence of altering the physical attributes of soil that govern soil particle detachment by water and wind. A long-term, field-scale, cropping systems experiment was initiated at Ralston, WA in 1995 to identify alte...

  6. Evaluating models for predicting hydraulic characteristics of layered soils

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    Mavimbela, S. S. W.; van Rensburg, L. D.

    2012-01-01

    Soil water characteristic curve (SWCC) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity (K-coefficient) are critical hydraulic properties governing soil water activity on layered soils. Sustainable soil water conservation would not be possible without accurate knowledge of these hydraulic properties. Infield rainwater harvesting (IRWH) is one conservation technique adopted to improve the soil water regime of a number of clay soils found in the semi arid areas of Free State province of South Africa. Given that SWCC is much easier to measure, most soil water studies rely on SWCC information to predict in-situ K-coefficients. This work validated this practice on the Tukulu, Sepane and Swartland layered soil profiles. The measured SWCC was first described using Brooks and Corey (1964), van Genuchten (1980) and Kasugi (1996) parametric models. The conductivity functions of these models were then required to fit in-situ based K-coefficients derived from instantaneous profile method (IPM). The same K-coefficient was also fitted by HYDRUS 1-D using optimised SWCC parameters. Although all parametric models fitted the measured SWCC fairly well their corresponding conductivity functions could not do the same when fitting the in-situ based K-coefficients. Overestimates of more than 2 orders of magnitude especially at low soil water content (SWC) were observed. This phenomenon was pronounced among the upper horizons that overlaid a clayey horizon. However, optimized α and n parameters using HYDRUS 1-D showed remarkable agreement between fitted and in-situ K-coefficient with root sum of squares error (RMSE) recording values not exceeding unity. During this exercise the Brooks and Corey was replaced by modified van Genuchten model (Vogel and Cislerova, 1988) since it failed to produce unique inverse solutions. The models performance appeared to be soil specific with van Genuchten-Mualem (1980) performing fairly well on the Orthic and neucutanic horizons while its modified form fitted very well the prismatic and pedo-cutanic horizons. The lognormal distribution model of Kasugi (1996) showed an extraordinary good fit among the Swartland profile horizons especially the saprolite rock layer. It was therefore concluded that in-situ KL-coefficient estimates from SWCC parameters could be acceptable if only rough estimates were required. Optimization of parameters for in-situ conditions especially for HYDRUS 1-D carried much prospects in characterising the hydraulic properties of most of the layered soils earmarked for IRWH in the province.

  7. Framework for predicting hydraulic properties of calcareous arid lands

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    Khlosi, Muhammed; Douaik, Ahmed; Habib, Hassan; Gabriels, Donald; Cornelis, Wim

    2014-05-01

    In arid areas, the availability of reliable data on soil hydraulic properties such as the water retention and the hydraulic conductivity curves, particularly of calcareous soils, is low. Such data are needed as input to mathematical models used to support arid land restoration and combating desertification studies. This paper aims at sharing new and pertinent research results that are of interest to the scientific community involved in such studies. The objective of our study was to (1) explore the interaction between soil hydraulic properties, and other physical and chemical properties, (2) test three data mining techniques for developing predictive functions, and (3) set up a framework for predicting soil hydraulic properties of calcareous arid soils. 72 soil samples were collected from rural areas throughout north-west Syria, covering most of its agro-climatic zones and soil types. Soil water content at eight different matric potentials and 11 chemical and physical soil properties were determined. We first found that when destroying carbonates in determining particle size distribution, no significant correlations were found with the water retention points, whereas good correlations were observed when carbonates were not removed and considered as part of the soil's mineralogy. Four principal components (PC) explained 77% of the variation in the data set. Three tested soil-water contents (at -1, -33 and -1500 kPa) were highly linked to PC1 which was correlated to plastic limit, texture, soil carbonate content, and specific surface area. In addition, soil-water content at -1 kPa was also linked to PC4 which is correlated to bulk density. PC2 and PC3, related to gravel, organic matter and hygroscopic water, only explained a negligible amount of variation of soil water content. When setting up predictive functions for the eight water retention points, the support vector machines approach performed significantly better as compared to artificial neural networks and multiple linear regression, when using traditional input such as texture, organic carbon and bulk density. When using the plastic limit instead of organic carbon, the predictions accuracy of the functions could still be improved. All RMSD values were below 0.04 m3 m-3, which is very low in comparison with other studies. We finally fitted mathematical expressions to the generated water retention points which were used to derive the complete hydraulic conductivity curve (including saturated hydraulic conductivity).

  8. Upscaling Schemes and Relationships for the Gardner and van Genuchten Hydraulic Functions for Heterogeneous Soils

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    Upscaled soil hydraulic properties are needed for many large-scale hydrologic applications such as regional and global climate studies and investigations of land-atmosphere interactions. Many larger scale subsurface flow and contaminant transport studies also require upscaled hydraulic property esti...

  9. Incorporating Soil Hydraulic Parameter Statistics in Developing Pedo-transfer Functions

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    Zhao, Y.; Zhu, J.; Ye, M.; Meyer, P. D.; Pan, F.; Hassan, A. E.

    2007-12-01

    In this study, we develop artificial neural network (ANN) based pedotransfer functions (PTFs) to predict soil hydraulic properties. The PTF approach is an efficient way of translating less costly available data, such as particle-size distributions, soil textures and other geophysical measurements, to soil hydraulic parameters required for numerical simulations and other applications. The ANN PTFs need to be trained before being used to transfer indirect measurements to soil hydraulic parameters. The traditional training process, in general, is to adjust ANN's coefficients to solely minimize the difference between the estimated and measured soil hydraulic parameters. The training process, however, did not consider the distributions of soil hydraulic parameters and the trained neural networks may yield improper distributions, which may severely affect probabilistic predictions. We incorporate the distributions of the soil hydraulic parameters into the ANN PTF development. In addition, it has been observed that PTFs can introduce unrealistic correlations between the output parameters. The unwanted artificial correlations need to be penalized during the training process, since it is well known that parameter correlations have significant effect on predictions. We achieve these two goals by adding two regularization terms to the ANN objective functions. A suite of new neural network models are developed to estimate soil hydraulic parameters. These neural network models have the same input and output variables, but different objective functions, which incorporate sequentially the site soil hydraulic parameter measurements, parameter probability distributions, and parameter correlations.

  10. THE IDSFIT CODE FOR INVERSE ESTIMATION OF FIELD HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES USING A DISC INFILTROMETER

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    The tension disc infiltrometer has become a valuable tool to investigate the hydraulic properties of soils at or near the surface. Inverse optimization of parameters offers an economical means to infer soil hydraulic properties from tension disc infiltrometer data. Inverse procedures tend to be less...

  11. Microstructure and hydraulic properties of biological soil crusts on sand dunes: a comparison between arid and temperate climates

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    Fischer, T.; Yair, A.; Veste, M.

    2012-09-01

    We studied the relationships between crust microstructure, infiltration and water holding capacity under arid and temperate conditions (Factor A: Climate) on biological soil crusts (BSCs) sampled along a~catena on mobile sand dunes (Factor B: Catena). The arid study site was located near Nizzana, Israel (precipitation: 86 mm a-1, PET: ~2500 mm a-1) and the temperate site near Lieberose, Germany (precipitation: 569 mm a-1, PET: ~780 mm a-1). BSCs were sampled near the dune crest, at the centre of the dune slope and at the dune base at each site. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to characterize BSC morphology and microstructure. Infiltration was determined using microinfiltrometry under controlled moisture conditions in the lab. Water holding capacities were determined after water saturation of the dry BSCs. Wettability of the crusts was characterized using a "repellency index", which was calculated from water and ethanol sorptivities. Irrespective of the climate, an accumulation of fine particles in the BSCs was found, increasing along the catena from dune crest to dune base. Texture was finer and water holding capacities of the underlying substrate were higher at the arid site, whereas surface wettability was reduced at the temperate site. At both sites, BSCs caused extra water holding capacity compared to the substrate. Infiltration rates decreased along the catena and were generally lower at the dune slope and base of the arid site. A mechanism of crust stabilization is proposed where BSCs benefit from increased texture and biomass mediated water supply, and where the water supply to higher plants was limited due to alteration of physico-chemical surface properties under temperate conditions.

  12. Using random forests to explore the effects of site attributes and soil properties on near-saturated and saturated hydraulic conductivity

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    Jorda, Helena; Koestel, John; Jarvis, Nicholas

    2014-05-01

    Knowledge of the near-saturated and saturated hydraulic conductivity of soil is fundamental for understanding important processes like groundwater contamination risks or runoff and soil erosion. Hydraulic conductivities are however difficult and time-consuming to determine by direct measurements, especially at the field scale or larger. So far, pedotransfer functions do not offer an especially reliable alternative since published approaches exhibit poor prediction performances. In our study we aimed at building pedotransfer functions by growing random forests (a statistical learning approach) on 486 datasets from the meta-database on tension-disk infiltrometer measurements collected from peer-reviewed literature and recently presented by Jarvis et al. (2013, Influence of soil, land use and climatic factors on the hydraulic conductivity of soil. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 17(12), 5185-5195). When some data from a specific source publication were allowed to enter the training set whereas others were used for validation, the results of a 10-fold cross-validation showed reasonable coefficients of determination of 0.53 for hydraulic conductivity at 10 cm tension, K10, and 0.41 for saturated conductivity, Ks. The estimated average annual temperature and precipitation at the site were the most important predictors for K10, while bulk density and estimated average annual temperature were most important for Ks prediction. The soil organic carbon content and the diameter of the disk infiltrometer were also important for the prediction of both K10 and Ks. However, coefficients of determination were around zero when all datasets of a specific source publication were excluded from the training set and exclusively used for validation. This may indicate experimenter bias, or that better predictors have to be found or that a larger dataset has to be used to infer meaningful pedotransfer functions for saturated and near-saturated hydraulic conductivities. More research is in progress to further elucidate this question.

  13. Interaction between soil mineralogy and the application of crop residues on aggregate stability and hydraulic conductivity of the soil

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    Lado, M.; Kiptoon, R.; Bar-Tal, A.; Wakindiki, I. I. C.; Ben-Hur, M.

    2012-04-01

    One of the main goals of modern agriculture is to achieve sustainability by maintaining crop productivity while avoiding soil degradation. Intensive cultivation could lead to a reduction in soil organic matter that could affect the structure stability and hydraulic conductivity of the soil. Moreover, crops extract nutrients from the soil that are taken away from the field when harvested, and as a consequence, the addition of fertilizers to the soil is necessary to maintain crop productivity. One way to deal with these problems is to incorporate crop residues into the soil after harvest. Crop residues are a source of organic matter that could improve soil physical properties, such as aggregate stability and soil hydraulic conductivity. However, this effect could vary according to other soil properties, such as clay content, clay mineralogy, and the presence of other cementing materials in the soil (mainly carbonates and aluminum and iron oxides). In the present work, the interaction between the addition of chickpea crop residues to the soil and clay mineralogy on aggregate stability and saturated hydraulic conductivity were studied. Chickpea plant residues were added at a rate of 0.5% (w/w) to smectitic, kaolinitic, illitic and non-phyllosilicate soils from different regions. The soils without (control) and with chickpea residues were incubated for 0, 3, 7 and 30 days, and the saturated hydraulic conductivity of the soils was measured in columns after each incubation time. The response of hydraulic conductivity to the addition of residues and incubation time was different in the soils with various mineralogies, although in general, the addition of chickpea residues increased the saturated hydraulic conductivity as compared with the control soils. This positive effect of crop residues on hydraulic conductivity was mainly a result of improved aggregate stability and resistance to slaking during wetting.

  14. Influence of long-term tillage and crop rotations on soil hydraulic properties in the U.S. Pacific Northwest

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    In the semi-arid region of the Pacific Northwest, USA, no-tillage continuous spring cereal and spring cereal/chemical fallow rotations are being examined as alternatives to the traditional winter wheat/summer fallow rotation for improving soil and water conservation. There is limited information, ho...

  15. Sample dimensions effect on prediction of soil water retention curve and saturated hydraulic conductivity

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    Soil water retention curve (SWRC) and saturated hydraulic conductivity (SHC) are key hydraulic properties for unsaturated zone hydrology and groundwater. Not only are the SWRC and SHC measurements time-consuming, their results are scale dependent. Although prediction of the SWRC and SHC from availab...

  16. Saturated hydraulic conductivity of US soils grouped according textural class and bulk density

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    Importance of the saturated hydraulic conductivity as soil hydraulic property led to the development of multiple pedotransfer functions for estimating it. One approach to estimating Ksat was using textural classes rather than specific textural fraction contents as pedotransfer inputs. The objective...

  17. Saturated hydraulic conductivity of US soils grouped according to textural class and bulk density

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Importance of the saturated hydraulic conductivity as soil hydraulic property led to the development of multiple pedotransfer functions for estimating it. One approach to estimating Ksat was using textural classes rather than specific textural fraction contents as pedotransfer inputs. The objective...

  18. Environmental and management influences on temporal variability of near saturated soil hydraulic properties☆

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    Bodner, G.; Scholl, P.; Loiskandl, W.; Kaul, H.-P.

    2013-01-01

    Structural porosity is a decisive property for soil productivity and soil environmental functions. Hydraulic properties in the structural range vary over time in response to management and environmental influences. Although this is widely recognized, there are few field studies that determine dominant driving forces underlying hydraulic property dynamics. During a three year field experiment we measured temporal variability of soil hydraulic properties by tension infiltrometry. Soil properties were characterized by hydraulic conductivity, effective macroporosity and Kosugi's lognormal pore size distribution model. Management related influences comprised three soil cover treatment (mustard and rye vs. fallow) and an initial mechanical soil disturbance with a rotary harrow. Environmental driving forces were derived from meteorological and soil moisture data. Soil hydraulic parameters varied over time by around one order of magnitude. The coefficient of variation of soil hydraulic conductivity K(h) decreased from 69.5% at saturation to 42.1% in the more unsaturated range (− 10 cm pressure head). A slight increase in the Kosugi parameter showing pore heterogeneity was observed under the rye cover crop, reflecting an enhanced structural porosity. The other hydraulic parameters were not significantly influenced by the soil cover treatments. Seedbed preparation with a rotary harrow resulted in a fourfold increase in macroporosity and hydraulic conductivity next to saturation, and homogenized the pore radius distribution. Re-consolidation after mechanical loosening lasted over 18 months until the soil returned to its initial state. The post-tillage trend of soil settlement could be approximated by an exponential decay function. Among environmental factors, wetting-drying cycles were identified as dominant driving force explaining short term hydraulic property changes within the season (r2 = 0.43 to 0.59). Our results suggested that beside considering average management induced changes in soil properties (e.g. cover crop introduction), a dynamic approach to hydrological modeling is required to capture over-seasonal (tillage driven) and short term (environmental driven) variability in hydraulic parameters. PMID:24748683

  19. Unsaturated soil hydraulic conductivity: The field infiltrometer method

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    Theory: Field methods to measure the unsaturated soil hydraulic conductivity assume presence of steady-state water flow. Soil infiltrometers are desired to apply water onto the soil surface at constant negative pressure. Water is applied to the soil from the Marriott device through a porous membrane...

  20. Evaluation of Pedo-transfer Functions For Unsaturated Soil Hydraulic

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    Wagner, B.; Tarnawski, V. R.; Hennings, V.; Müller, U.; Wessolek, G.; Stoffregen, H.

    Eight well known and accepted pedo-transfer functions used for evaluation of soil hy- draulic conductivity (saturated and unsaturated) from routinely available soil data are reviewed. A comprehensive data set containing detailed measurements of 63 German soil horizons, to which none of the models had been calibrated before, was used for evaluation of the pedo-transfer functions. Only pedo-transfer functions which have shown good results in the past were considered for the comparison. The statistical analysis of the eight functions shows, that the models of Vereecken et al. (1990) and Wösten (1997) perform best in terms of prediction of the unsaturated hydraulic con- ductivity of soils. Evaluation of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity by the pedo- transfer functions shows on average better correlations if the saturated hydraulic con- ductivity (an input parameter) is also obtained from predictions of pedo-transfer func- tions rather than directly from experiments. This outcome is attributed to a dependence of the saturated hydraulic conductivity on soil structure i.e. macropores, while the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity is generally more dependent on soil texture. The deviating results of estimated soil hydraulic conductivity as compared to the experi- mental data indicate that the use of pedo-transfer functions based only on estimated soil hydraulic parameters, must be carried out with great caution.

  1. Using Remotely-Sensed Estimates of Soil Moisture to Infer Soil Texture and Hydraulic Properties across a Semi-arid Watershed 1856

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Near-surface soil moisture is a critical component of land surface energy and water balance studies encompassing a wide range of disciplines. However, the processes of infiltration, runoff, and evapotranspiration in the vadose zone of the soil are not easy to quantify or predict because of the diff...

  2. HYDRAULIC REDISTRIBUTION OF SOIL WATER IN TWO OLD-GROWTH CONIFEROUS FORESTS: QUANTIFYING PATTERNS AND CONTROLS

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    Although hydraulic redistribution of soil water (HR) by roots is a widespread phenomenon, the processes governing spatial and temporal patterns of HR are not well understood. We incorporated soil/plant biophysical properties into a simple model based on Darcy's law to predict sea...

  3. FEASIBILITY OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OF SOILS TO IMPROVE REMEDIAL ACTIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Hydraulic fracturing, a technique commonly used to increase the yields of oil wells, could improve the effectiveness of several methods of in situ remediation. This project consisted of laboratory and field tests in which hydraulic fractures were created in soil. Laboratory te...

  4. Identification of optimal soil hydraulic functions and parameters for predicting soil moisture

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    We examined the accuracy of several commonly used soil hydraulic functions and associated parameters for predicting observed soil moisture data. We used six combined methods formed by three commonly used soil hydraulic functions – i.e., Brooks and Corey (1964) (BC), Campbell (19...

  5. Identification of optimal soil hydraulic functions and parameters for predicting soil moisture

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    We examined the accuracy of several commonly used soil hydraulic functions and associated parameters for predicting observed soil moisture data. We used six combined methods formed by three commonly used soil hydraulic functions i.e., Brooks and Corey (1964) (BC), Campbell (19...

  6. Dynamic aspects of soil water availability for isohydric plants: Focus on root hydraulic resistances

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    Couvreur, V.; Vanderborght, J.; Draye, X.; Javaux, M.

    2014-11-01

    Soil water availability for plant transpiration is a key concept in agronomy. The objective of this study is to revisit this concept and discuss how it may be affected by processes locally influencing root hydraulic properties. A physical limitation to soil water availability in terms of maximal flow rate available to plant leaves (Qavail) is defined. It is expressed for isohydric plants, in terms of plant-centered variables and properties (the equivalent soil water potential sensed by the plant, ψs eq; the root system equivalent conductance, Krs; and a threshold leaf water potential, ψleaf lim). The resulting limitation to plant transpiration is compared to commonly used empirical stress functions. Similarities suggest that the slope of empirical functions might correspond to the ratio of Krs to the plant potential transpiration rate. The sensitivity of Qavail to local changes of root hydraulic conductances in response to soil matric potential is investigated using model simulations. A decrease of radial conductances when the soil dries induces earlier water stress, but allows maintaining higher night plant water potentials and higher Qavail during the last week of a simulated 1 month drought. In opposition, an increase of radial conductances during soil drying provokes an increase of hydraulic redistribution and Qavail at short term. This study offers a first insight on the effect of dynamic local root hydraulic properties on soil water availability. By better understanding complex interactions between hydraulic processes involved in soil-plant hydrodynamics, better prospects on how root hydraulic traits mitigate plant water stress might be achieved.

  7. Evaluation of land surface model simulations of evapotranspiration over a 12-year crop succession: impact of soil hydraulic and vegetation properties

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    Garrigues, S.; Olioso, A.; Calvet, J. C.; Martin, E.; Lafont, S.; Moulin, S.; Chanzy, A.; Marloie, O.; Buis, S.; Desfonds, V.; Bertrand, N.; Renard, D.

    2015-07-01

    Evapotranspiration has been recognized as one of the most uncertain terms in the surface water balance simulated by land surface models. In this study, the SURFEX/ISBA-A-gs (Interaction Sol-Biosphere-Atmosphere) simulations of evapotranspiration are assessed at the field scale over a 12-year Mediterranean crop succession. The model is evaluated in its standard implementation which relies on the use of the ISBA pedotransfer estimates of the soil properties. The originality of this work consists in explicitly representing the succession of crop cycles and inter-crop bare soil periods in the simulations and assessing its impact on the dynamics of simulated and measured evapotranspiration over a long period of time. The analysis focuses on key parameters which drive the simulation of ET, namely the rooting depth, the soil moisture at saturation, the soil moisture at field capacity and the soil moisture at wilting point. A sensitivity analysis is first conducted to quantify the relative contribution of each parameter on ET simulation over 12 years. The impact of the estimation method used to retrieve the soil parameters (pedotransfer function, laboratory and field methods) on ET is then analysed. The benefit of representing the variations in time of the rooting depth and wilting point is evaluated. Finally, the propagation of uncertainties in the soil parameters on ET simulations is quantified through a Monte Carlo analysis and compared with the uncertainties triggered by the mesophyll conductance which is a key above-ground driver of the stomatal conductance. This work shows that evapotranspiration mainly results from the soil evaporation when it is continuously simulated over a Mediterranean crop succession. This results in a high sensitivity of simulated evapotranspiration to uncertainties in the soil moisture at field capacity and the soil moisture at saturation, both of which drive the simulation of soil evaporation. Field capacity was proved to be the most influencing parameter on the simulation of evapotranspiration over the crop succession. The evapotranspiration simulated with the standard surface and soil parameters of the model is largely underestimated. The deficit in cumulative evapotranspiration amounts to 24 % over 12 years. The bias in daily daytime evapotranspiration is -0.24 mm day-1. The ISBA pedotransfer estimates of the soil moisture at saturation and at wilting point are overestimated, which explains most of the evapotranspiration underestimation. The use of field capacity values retrieved from laboratory methods leads to inaccurate simulation of ET due to the lack of representativeness of the soil structure variability at the field scale. The most accurate simulation is achieved with the average values of the soil properties derived from the analysis of field measurements of soil moisture vertical profiles over each crop cycle. The representation of the variations in time of the wilting point and the maximum rooting depth over the crop succession has little impact on the simulation performances. Finally, we show that the uncertainties in the soil parameters can generate substantial uncertainties in ET simulated over 12 years (the 95 % confidence interval represents 23 % of cumulative ET over 12 years). Uncertainties in the mesophyll conductance have lower impact on ET. Measurement random errors explain a large part of the scattering between simulations and measurements at half-hourly timescale. The deficits in simulated ET reported in this work are probably larger due to likely underestimation of ET by eddy-covariance measurements. Other possible model shortcomings include the lack of representation of soil vertical heterogeneity and root profile along with inaccurate energy balance partitioning between the soil and the vegetation at low leaf area index.

  8. Measurement of soil hydraulic conductivity in relation with vegetation

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    Chen, Xi; Cheng, Qinbo

    2010-05-01

    Hydraulic conductivity is a key parameter which influences hydrological processes of infiltration, surface and subsurface runoff. Vegetation alters surface characteristics (e.g., surface roughness, litter absorption) or subsurface characteristics (e.g. hydraulic conductivity). Field infiltration experiment of a single ring permeameter is widely used for measuring soil hydraulic conductivity. Measurement equipment is a simple single-ring falling head permeameter which consists of a hollow cylinder that is simply inserted into the top soil. An optimization method on the basis of objective of minimum error between the measured and simulated water depths in the single-ring is developed for determination of the soil hydraulic parameters. Using the single ring permeameter, we measured saturated hydraulic conductivities (Ks) of the red loam soil with and without vegetation covers on five hillslopes at Taoyuan Agro-Ecology Experimental Station, Hunan Province of China. For the measurement plots without vegetation roots, Ks value of the soil at 25cm depth is much smaller than that of surface soil (1.52×10-4 vs. 1.10×10-5 m/s). For the measurement plots with vegetation cover, plant roots significantly increase Ks of the lower layer soil but this increase is not significant for the shallow soil. Moreover, influences of vegetation root on Ks depend on vegetation species and ages. Ks value of the Camellia is about three times larger than that of seeding of Camphor (2.62×10-4 vs. 9.82×10-5 m/s). Ks value of the matured Camellia is 2.72×10-4 m/s while Ks value of the young Camellia is only 2.17×10-4 m/s. Key words: single ring permeameter; soil hydraulic conductivity; vegetation

  9. Optimizing Soil Hydraulic Parameters in RZWQM2 Under Fallow Conditions

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Effective estimation of soil hydraulic parameters is essential for predicting soil water dynamics and related biochemical processes in agricultural systems. However, high uncertainties in estimated parameter values limit a model’s skill for prediction and application. In this study, a global search ...

  10. Characterization of stony soils' hydraulic conductivity using laboratory and numerical experiments

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    Pichault, M.; Beckers, E.; Degré, A.; Garré, S.

    2015-10-01

    Determining soil hydraulic properties is of major concern in various fields of study. Though stony soils are widespread across the globe, most studies deal with gravel-free soils so that the literature describing the impact of stones on soil's hydraulic conductivity is still rather scarce. Most frequently, models characterizing the saturated hydraulic conductivity of stony soils assume that the only effect of rock fragments is to reduce the volume available for water flow and therefore they predict a decrease in hydraulic conductivity with an increasing stoniness. The objective of this study is to assess the effect of rock fragments on the saturated and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity. This was done by means of laboratory and numerical experiments involving different amounts and types of coarse fragments. We compared our results with values predicted by the aforementioned models. Our study suggests that considering that stones only reduce the volume available for water flow might be ill-founded. We pointed out several drivers of the saturated hydraulic conductivity of stony soils, not considered by these models. On the one hand, the shape and the size of inclusions may substantially affect the hydraulic conductivity. On the other hand, the presence of rock fragments can counteract and even overcome the effect of a reduced volume in some cases. We attribute this to the creation of voids at the fine earth-stone interface. Nevertheless, these differences are mainly important near to saturation. However, we come up with a more nuanced view regarding the validity of the models under unsaturated conditions. Indeed, under unsaturated conditions, the models seem to represent the hydraulic behaviour of stones reasonably well.

  11. Changes in hydraulic soil conductivity in the walls of zoogenic macropores due to the soil compaction

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    Pelíšek, Igor

    2015-04-01

    This study focuses on assessement of the hydric functions and effectiveness of the preferential zoogenic routes (preferentially lumbricid burrows), with primary focus on the hydric functions and parameters of individual vertical tubular macropores and on the analysis of selected possible detailed effects on these functions. The effect of earthworms (Lumbricidae) on the physical soil properties is notable. During burrowing, earthworms press the material in the vicinity of the hollowed burrows. Several variants of the relationship between the macropores and the soil compaction, permeability and erodibility were verified. Both measurements in the field and laboratory tests of intact collected samples and engineered samples were performed. With regard to preferential focus on the hydraulic processes in gravity macropores, to the limits of the instrumentation and the size of individual earthworms in agricultural soils in the Czech Republic, we assessed the processes in the macropores with diameter of ca 5 mm or larger. In some cases, saturated hydraulic conductivity of zoogenic macropore walls was reduced in order of tens of percent compared with hydraulic conductivity of soil matrix, and the increase of bulk density of soil in the macropore vicinity achieved 25%. The effect of repeated rise and water level stagnation (repeated macropore washing during multiple wetting cycles) was tested. Investigation of water erosion of macropores was limited by adjustable flow, vessel capacity and pump capacity of the accurate continuous infiltrometer. Investigation of the water inlet from above gave more data on the washed-off material in the selected time intervals. Analysis of water rise from below and macropore sealing provided one cumulative data for each testing period.

  12. The temporal changes in saturated hydraulic conductivity of forest soils

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    Kornél Szegedi, Balázs

    2015-04-01

    I investigated the temporal variability of forest soils infiltration capacity through compaction. I performed the measurements of mine in The Botanical Garden of Sopron between 15.09.2014 - 15.10.2014. I performed the measurements in 50-50 cm areas those have been cleaned of vegetation, where I measured the bulk density and volume of soil hydraulic conductivity with Tension Disk Infiltrometer (TDI) in 3-3 repetitions. I took undisturbed 160 cm3 from the upper 5 cm layer of the cleaned soil surface for the bulk density measurements. Then I loosened the top 10-15 cm layer of the soil surface with spade. After the cultivation of the soil I measured the bulk density and volume of water conductivity also 3-3 repetitions. Later I performed the hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) using the TDI and bulk density measurements on undisturbed samples on a weekly basis in the study area. I illustrated the measured hydraulic conductivity and bulk density values as a function of cumulative rainfall by using simple graphical and statistical methods. The rate of the soil compaction pace was fast and smooth based on the change of the measured bulk density values. There was a steady downward trend in hydraulic conductivity parallel the compaction. The cultivation increased the hydraulic conductivity nearly fourfold compared to original, than decreased to half by 1 week. In the following the redeposition rate declined, but based on the literature data, almost 3-4 months enough to return the original state before cultivation of the soil hydraulic conductivity and bulk density values. This publication has been supported by AGRARKLIMA.2 VKSZ_12-1-2013-0034 project.

  13. Polyacrylamide effect on hydraulic conductivity of hardsetting soils in Northeast of Brazil

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    Silva, Laércio; Almeida, Brivaldo; Melo, Diego; Marques, Karina; Almeida, Ceres

    2013-04-01

    Among soil hydro-physical properties, hydraulic conductivity is more sensitive to changes in soil structure. Hydraulic conductivity describes the ease with which a fluid (usually water) can move through pore spaces or fractures. It depends on the intrinsic permeability of the material and on the degree of saturation, and on the density and viscosity of the fluid. Hardsetting soils present very low hydraulic conductivity values. When dry, these soils show high penetration resistance and consistency extremely hard, but change to friable when moist. In this condition are poorly structured, slaking when moist, limit agricultural machinery use and it may reduce the growth of the root system. In Brazil, these soils occur throughout of coastal zone in flat areas called "coastal tableland". Chemical ameliorant, such as polymers based on anionic polyacrylamide (PAM), improve hydraulic conductivity of soil in hardsetting soils. The primary functions of polyacrylamide soil conditioners are to increase soil tilth, aeration, and porosity and reduce compaction and water run-off. PAM effect is attributed to its ability to expand when placed in water, storing it in soil pore space, releasing it gradually to the plants. This process occurs by reducing the water flow through the pores of the soil, due to water molecules can be absorbed by PAM, providing water gradually. Thus, this study tested the hypothesis that PAM reduces the soil hardsetting character. The area is located in coastal zone in Goiana city, Pernambuco, northeastern of Brazil. This soil is typical hardsetting soil. Intact soil cores were collected from four horizons until 70cm depth. In the laboratory, the soil cores were saturated with different PAM concentrations (0.01, 0.005, 0.00125%) and H2O (control). Saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) was determined using a constant head method, according to Klute and Dirksen (1986). Four replicates were used for each horizon and Tukey test at 5% probability was used by Assistat 7.6 beta. The sandy horizon had higher hydraulic conductivity in natural conditions, and the PAM, especially the concentration of 0.010%, reduced Ksat. This result confirms the action agglutinant of PAM organizing sand particles on aggregates, providing higher water retention, reducing water drainage and also Ksat values. In the other, especially in hardsetting horizon, when the lowest concentration (0.00125%) was applied reduced the effect of cohesion realized by increasing Ksat value. In conclude, PAM in hardsetting soils improve its physico-water proprieties when low concentrations.

  14. Experimental Determination of Hydraulic Properties of Unsaturated Calcarenites

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    Turturro, Antonietta Celeste; Andriani, Gioacchino Francesco; Clementina Caputo, Maria; Maggi, Sabino

    2013-04-01

    Understanding hydraulic properties is essential in the modeling of flow and solute transport through the vadose zone, to which problems of soil and groundwater pollution are related. The vadose zone, in fact, is of great importance in controlling groundwater recharge and transport of contaminants into and through the subsoil. The aim of this work is to determine experimentally in laboratory the hydraulic properties of unsaturated calcarenites using an approach including petrophysical determinations and methods for measuring water retention. For this purpose, samples of calcarenites belonging to the Calcarenite di Gravina Fm.(Pliocene-early Pleistocene), came from two different quarry districts located in Southern Italy (Canosa di Puglia and Massafra), were utilized. The water retention function, θ(h), which binds the water content, θ, to water potential, h, was determined in the laboratory by means two different experimental methods: the WP4-T psychrometer and the suction table. At last, a simple mathematical equation represented by van Genuchten's model is fitted to the experimental data and the unknown empirical parameters of this model are determined. Textural analysis on thin sections using optical petrographic microscopy and evaluation of total and effective porosity by means of standard geotechnical laboratory tests, mercury intrusion porosimetry and image analysis were also performed. In particular, a comparison between mercury porosimetry data and results of photomicrograph computer analysis through the methods of quantitative stereology was employed for providing pore size distributions. The results of this study identify the relationship between the hydraulic behavior, described by the water retention function, and pore size distribution for the calcarenites that are not easy to hydraulically characterize. This relationship could represent a useful tool to infer the unsaturated hydraulic properties of calcarenites and in general this approach could be applied to be used for different kinds of rocks.

  15. The Dependence of Peat Soil Hydraulic Conductivity on Dominant Vegetation Type in Mountain Fens

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    Crockett, A. C.; Ronayne, M. J.; Cooper, D. J.

    2014-12-01

    The peat soil within fen wetlands provides water storage that can substantially influence the hydrology of mountain watersheds. In this study, we investigated the relationship between hydraulic conductivity and vegetation type for fens occurring in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Colorado, USA. Vegetation in RMNP fens can be dominated by woody plants and shrubs, such as willows; by mosses; or by herbaceous plants such as sedges. Fens dominated by each vegetation type were selected for study. Six fens were investigated, all of which are in the Colorado River watershed on the west side of RMNP. For each site, soil hydraulic conductivity was measured at multiple locations using a single-ring infiltrometer. As a result of the shallow water table in these fens (the water table was always within 10 cm of the surface), horizontal hydraulic gradients were produced during the field tests. The measured infiltration rates were analyzed using the numerical model HYDRUS. In order to determine the hydraulic conductivity, a parameter estimation problem was solved using HYDRUS as the forward simulator. Horizontal flow was explicitly accounted for in the model. This approach produced more accurate estimates of hydraulic conductivity than would be obtained using an analytical solution that assumes strictly vertical flow. Significant differences in hydraulic properties between fens appear to result at least in part from the effects of different dominant vegetation types on peat soil formation.

  16. In situ separation of root hydraulic redistribution of soil water from liquid and vapor transport

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    Warren, Jeffrey; Brooks, J Renee; Dragila, Maria; Meinzer, Rick

    2011-01-01

    Nocturnal increases in water potential ( ) and water content (WC) in the upper soil profile are often attributed to root water efflux into the soil, a process termed hydraulic lift or hydraulic redistribution (HR). We have previously reported HR values up to ~0.29 mm day-1 in the upper soil for a seasonally dry old-growth ponderosa pine site. However, unsaturated liquid or vapor flux of water between soil layers independent of roots also contributes to the diurnal patterns in WC, confounding efforts to determine the actual magnitude of HR. In this study, we estimated liquid (Jl) and vapor (Jv) soil water fluxes and their impacts on quantifying HR in situ by applying existing data sets of , WC, temperature (T) and soil physical properties to soil water transport equations. Under moist conditions, Jl between layers was estimated to be larger than necessary to account for measured nocturnal increases in WC of upper soil layers. However, as soil drying progressed unsaturated hydraulic conductivity declined rapidly such that Jl was irrelevant (< 2E-06 cm hr-1 at 0-60 cm depths) to total water flux by early August. In surface soil at depths above 15 cm, large T fluctuations can impact Jv leading to uncertainty concerning the role, if any, of HR in nocturnal WC dynamics. Vapor flux was estimated to be the highest at the shallowest depths measured (20 - 30 cm) where it could contribute up to 40% of hourly increases in nocturnal soil moisture depending on thermal conditions. While both HR and net soil water flux between adjacent layers contribute to WC in the 15-65 cm soil layer, HR was the dominant process and accounted for at least 80% of the diurnal increases in WC. While the absolute magnitude of HR is not easily quantified, total diurnal fluctuations in upper soil water content can be quantified and modeled, and remain highly applicable for establishing the magnitude and temporal dynamics of total ecosystem water flux.

  17. Comparison of Soil Hydraulic Parameterizations for Mesoscale Meteorological Models.

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    Braun, Frank J.; Schädler, Gerd

    2005-07-01

    Soil water contents, calculated with seven soil hydraulic parameterizations, that is, soil hydraulic functions together with the corresponding parameter sets, are compared with observational data. The parameterizations include the Campbell/Clapp-Hornberger parameterization that is often used by meteorologists and the van Genuchten/Rawls-Brakensiek parameterization that is widespread among hydrologists. The observations include soil water contents at several soil depths and atmospheric surface data; they were obtained within the Regio Klima Projekt (REKLIP) at three sites in the Rhine Valley in southern Germany and cover up to 3 yr with 10-min temporal resolution. Simulations of 48-h episodes, as well as series of daily simulations initialized anew every 24 h and covering several years, were performed with the “VEG3D” soil-vegetation model in stand-alone mode; furthermore, 48-h episodes were simulated with the model coupled to a one-dimensional atmospheric model. For the cases and soil types considered in this paper, the van Genuchten/Rawls-Brakensiek model gives the best agreement between observed and simulated soil water contents on average. Especially during episodes with medium and high soil water content, the van Genuchten/Rawls-Brakensiek model performs better than the Campbell/Clapp-Hornberger model.

  18. FEASIBILITY OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OF SOILS TO IMPROVE REMEDIAL ACTIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Hydraulic fracturing, a method of increasing fluid flow within the subsurface, should improve the effectiveness of several remedial techniques, including pump and treat, vapor extraction, bio-remediation, and soil-flushing. he technique is widely used to increase the yields of oi...

  19. Seasonal variability of near-saturated hydraulic conductivity on cultivated soil

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    Klípa, Vladimír; Zumr, David; Sněhota, Michal

    2014-05-01

    The soil structure and hydraulic properties of arable soils considerably vary during the year due to the periodical tillage and fertilization activities, soil compaction, plant and root grow, climate impact etc. The knowledge of the effect of temporal soil variability is essential when assessing water regime and associated dissolved substance transport in soils. The main aim of this contribution is to describe the temporal development of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity on arable land during a year. The experimental site is located in Nucice catchment (Central Bohemia, Czech republic), where also rainfall-runoff and soil erosion processes are studied. The soil is classified as Cambisol, typical texture ranges from loam to clay loam classes. Soil is conservatively tilled till depth of approximately 17 cm, below the topsoil a compacted subsoil was observed. Tension infiltration experiments were performed repeatedly at single location in order to determine the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of the topsoil. So far four tension infiltration campaigns were carried out under tension h0 = -3.0 cm with different field conditions: (i) young winter barley (October 2012), (ii) between postharvest stubble breaking and seeding (April 2013), (iii) full-grown oat (June 2013) and (iv) after fresh postharvest stubble breaking (October 2013). Measurements were carried out using newly introduced automated multi minidisk tension infiltrometer (Klipa et al., EGU2014-7230). All experiments were performed on the levelled soil surface after removing upper soil layer (1 to 3 cm). A thin layer of quartz sand (thickness 1 - 2 mm, grain size 0.1 - 0.6 mm) was applied to improve contact between the infiltrometer and the soil surface. Each infiltration campaign consisted of six tension infiltration experiments, the total number of 24 infiltration data sets was obtained for this study. Results show that unsaturated hydraulic conductivity was significantly smaller in April, but rather the same in the remaining cases. Based on the monitoring of the water regime on the catchment, the infiltration capacity of the soil profile is decreasing during the season. This indicates that the hydraulic properties of the aggregates are stable. The limited infiltration is caused by the changing ratio of the inter-aggregare voids and the soil crusting (Zumr et al., EGU2014-7292). Measured data are part of a broader data base which is formed in order to the study the rainfall runoff and erosion processes on the agriculturally managed catchment.

  20. Estimating Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity from Soil Water Retention Curve using Neural Networks

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    Ghanbarian-Alavijeh, B.; Liaghat, A. M.; Sohrabi, S.

    2009-04-01

    Study of soil hydraulic properties like saturated and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity is required in the environmental investigations. Since, direct measurement of soil hydraulic properties is time consuming and expensive, indirect methods such as pedotransfer function and artificial neural networks (ANN) have been developed based on the readily available soil characteristics. In this study, we used soil water retention data i.e. fractal dimension, air entry value and effective porosity, as well as bulk density and developed artificial neural networks in order to estimate saturated hydraulic conductivity. Total of 142 soil samples of the UNSODA, GRIZZLY and Puckett et al. (1985) databases was divided into two groups as 114 for the development and 28 for the validation of ANN model. We used multi-layer perceptron model with 4 layers as the inputs and one layer as the output of ANN model and back propagation algorithm for training procedure. The activation function was selected LOGSIG in the middle and exist layers. The values of statistical parameters such as coefficient of determination (R2) and mean square error (MSE) showed that the best number of neurons in the middle layer of ANN model was 24. We also compared the developed ANN model with Rawls et al. (1993) and Rawls et al. (1998) models using 28 soil samples. The results showed that developed ANN model estimates saturated hydraulic conductivity better than the other methods. The AIC values of ANN, Rawls et al. (1993) and Rawls et al. (1998) were obtained 291.8, 322.3 and 316.4, respectively.

  1. Estimating soil properties from microwave measurements of soil moisture

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    Mattikalli, Nandish M.; Engman, Edwin T.; Ahuja, Laj; Jackson, Thomas J.

    1995-11-01

    This paper demonstrates that the soil physical properties can be estimated using temporal variation of surface soil moisture derived from remote sensing. Passive microwave remote sensing was employed to collect daily soil moisture data across the Little Washita watershed, Oklahoma, for the period between June 10-18, 1992. The ESTAR instrument operating at L band was flown on a NASA C-130 aircraft. Brightness temperature data collected at a ground resolution of 200 m were used to derive the spatial distribution of surface soil moisture. Analysis of temporal soil moisture information and soils data reveals a direct relationship between changes in soil moisture and soil texture. Areas identified by loam/silt loam soils are characterized by higher changes of total soil moisture and those of sand/sandy loam by remarkably lower amounts. Analysis suggests that two-day initial drainage of soil, measured from remote sensing, is related to saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat). A methodology has been developed to employ remotely sensed data for estimation of profile Ksat using a hydrologic model and a GIS. Model simulations have yielded good correlations between soil moisture change and Ksat. The results have potential applications to obtain quick estimates of spatial distributions of soil properties over large area for input to mesoscale hydrologic and global circulation models.

  2. HYDRAULIC AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF MCU SALTSTONE

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    Dixon, K; Mark Phifer, M

    2008-03-19

    The Saltstone Disposal Facility (SDF), located in the Z-Area of the Savannah River Site (SRS), is used for the disposal of low-level radioactive salt solution. The SDF currently contains two vaults: Vault 1 (6 cells) and Vault 4 (12 cells). Additional disposal cells are currently in the design phase. The individual cells of the saltstone facility are filled with saltstone., Saltstone is produced by mixing the low-level radioactive salt solution, with blast furnace slag, fly ash, and cement or lime to form a dense, micro-porous, monolithic, low-level radioactive waste form. The saltstone is pumped into the disposal cells where it subsequently solidifies. Significant effort has been undertaken to accurately model the movement of water and contaminants through the facility. Key to this effort is an accurate understanding of the hydraulic and physical properties of the solidified saltstone. To date, limited testing has been conducted to characterize the saltstone. The primary focus of this task was to estimate the hydraulic and physical properties of MCU (Modular Caustic Side Solvent Extraction Unit) saltstone relative to two permeating fluids. These fluids included simulated groundwater equilibrated with vault concrete and simulated saltstone pore fluid. Samples of the MCU saltstone were prepared by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and allowed to cure for twenty eight days prior to testing. These samples included two three-inch diameter by six inch long mold samples and three one-inch diameter by twelve inch long mold samples.

  3. Influence of spatial variability of hydraulic characteristics of soils on surface parameters obtained from remote sensing data in infrared and microwaves

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    Brunet, Y.; Vauclin, M.

    1985-01-01

    The correct interpretation of thermal and hydraulic soil parameters infrared from remotely sensed data (thermal infrared, microwaves) implies a good understanding of the causes of their temporal and spatial variability. Given this necessity, the sensitivity of the surface variables (temperature, moisture) to the spatial variability of hydraulic soil properties is tested with a numerical model of heat and mass transfer between bare soil and atmosphere. The spatial variability of hydraulic soil properties is taken into account in terms of the scaling factor. For a given soil, the knowledge of its frequency distribution allows a stochastic use of the model. The results are treated statistically, and the part of the variability of soil surface parameters due to that of soil hydraulic properties is evaluated quantitatively.

  4. Description of the unsaturated soil hydraulic database UNSODA version 2.0

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    Nemes, A.; Schaap, M. G.; Leij, F. J.; Wösten, J. H. M.

    2001-10-01

    Quantifying water flow and chemical transport in the vadose zone typically requires knowledge of the unsaturated soil hydraulic properties. The UNsaturated SOil hydraulic DAtabase (UNSODA) was developed to provide a source of unsaturated hydraulic data and some other soil properties for practitioners and researchers. The current database contains measured soil water retention, hydraulic conductivity and water diffusivity data as well as pedological information of some 790-soil samples from around the world. A first MS-DOS version of the database was released in 1996. It has been applied in numerous studies. In this paper, we describe the second version (UNSODA V2.0) for use with Microsoft Access-97 ®. The format and structure of the new database have been modified to provide additional and more convenient options for data searches, to provide compatibility with other programs for easy loading and downloading of data, and to allow users to customise the contents and look of graphical output. This paper reviews the structure and contents of the database as well as the operations that can be performed on the different data types in UNSODA V2.0. The use and application of the new database are illustrated with two examples. The retrieval of data is briefly illustrated, followed by a more detailed example regarding the interpolation of soil particle-size distribution data obtained according to different national definitions of particle-size classes. The interpolation procedure, which is based on finding similar particle-size distribution curves from a large European data set, also performed well for soils that originate from other geographical areas. Trade names are provided for the benefit of the reader and do not imply an endorsement by the authors or their organizations.

  5. Mechanical and Hydraulic Properties of Wax-coated Sands for Sport Surfaces

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    Bardet, J. P.; Benazza, C.; Bruchon, J. F.; Mishra, M.

    2009-06-01

    Natural soils such as sandy loams are being replaced by synthetic soils for various types of sport and recreational surfaces, including horseracing tracks. These synthetic soils are made of a mixture of sand, microcrystalline wax, synthetic fibers and rubber chips which optimize the mechanical and hydraulic properties of natural soils so that they drain faster after rainstorms and decrease risks of sport injuries while retaining appropriate sport performances. Silica sand, which makes up the largest fraction of synthetic soils, is hydrophyllic by nature, i.e., tends to retain water on sand grain surfaces. After rainstorms, hydrophilic surfaces retain a large amount of water, are difficult to compact, and yield uncontrollable mechanical and hydraulic properties when too moist. The addition of wax contributes to improving both mechanical and hydraulic properties of sands. Wax coats the sand grains with a thin layer, and enhances adherence between sand particles. It repels water from sand grains and influences both compaction and hydraulic properties. This study reports experimental results that help to understand the properties of wax-coated sands used in synthetic surfaces, especially the degradation of synthetic surfaces that have insufficient wax-coatings.

  6. Hydraulic properties of leaves from desert shrubs

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    Schulte, P.J. )

    1991-05-01

    Changes in certain tissue hydraulic properties such as elasticity, capacitance, and resistance to water flow were considered as a function of leaf water content. It has been suggested in the literature that variation in such properties may be of significance during changes in leaf hydration. In addition, the author was interested in the potential role of changes in these same tissue properties for maintaining leaf water status during drought. Two shrubs occurring in the Mojave desert, mesquite and live-oak, were studied. Measurements suggest that over the range of leaf water potential from zero to turgor loss, the elastic modulus varies 5-fold, capacitance varies 2-fold, and the resistance to flow between the xylem and storage in the leaf parenchyma tissues 2 to 3-fold. A model for water flow was developed based on these and other tissue properties. This modeling approach is being used as a hypothesis-generating tool for future experimentation. Results of the modeling are discussed in the context of published speculations on the functional role of changes in properties such as elasticity for plants under water stress.

  7. Biochar-induced changes in soil hydraulic conductivity and dissolved nutrient fluxes constrained by laboratory experiments.

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    Barnes, Rebecca T; Gallagher, Morgan E; Masiello, Caroline A; Liu, Zuolin; Dugan, Brandon

    2014-01-01

    The addition of charcoal (or biochar) to soil has significant carbon sequestration and agronomic potential, making it important to determine how this potentially large anthropogenic carbon influx will alter ecosystem functions. We used column experiments to quantify how hydrologic and nutrient-retention characteristics of three soil materials differed with biochar amendment. We compared three homogeneous soil materials (sand, organic-rich topsoil, and clay-rich Hapludert) to provide a basic understanding of biochar-soil-water interactions. On average, biochar amendment decreased saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) by 92% in sand and 67% in organic soil, but increased K by 328% in clay-rich soil. The change in K for sand was not predicted by the accompanying physical changes to the soil mixture; the sand-biochar mixture was less dense and more porous than sand without biochar. We propose two hydrologic pathways that are potential drivers for this behavior: one through the interstitial biochar-sand space and a second through pores within the biochar grains themselves. This second pathway adds to the porosity of the soil mixture; however, it likely does not add to the effective soil K due to its tortuosity and smaller pore size. Therefore, the addition of biochar can increase or decrease soil drainage, and suggests that any potential improvement of water delivery to plants is dependent on soil type, biochar amendment rate, and biochar properties. Changes in dissolved carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) fluxes also differed; with biochar increasing the C flux from organic-poor sand, decreasing it from organic-rich soils, and retaining small amounts of soil-derived N. The aromaticity of C lost from sand and clay increased, suggesting lost C was biochar-derived; though the loss accounts for only 0.05% of added biochar-C. Thus, the direction and magnitude of hydraulic, C, and N changes associated with biochar amendments are soil type (composition and particle size) dependent. PMID:25251677

  8. Biochar-Induced Changes in Soil Hydraulic Conductivity and Dissolved Nutrient Fluxes Constrained by Laboratory Experiments

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    Barnes, Rebecca T.; Gallagher, Morgan E.; Masiello, Caroline A.; Liu, Zuolin; Dugan, Brandon

    2014-01-01

    The addition of charcoal (or biochar) to soil has significant carbon sequestration and agronomic potential, making it important to determine how this potentially large anthropogenic carbon influx will alter ecosystem functions. We used column experiments to quantify how hydrologic and nutrient-retention characteristics of three soil materials differed with biochar amendment. We compared three homogeneous soil materials (sand, organic-rich topsoil, and clay-rich Hapludert) to provide a basic understanding of biochar-soil-water interactions. On average, biochar amendment decreased saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) by 92% in sand and 67% in organic soil, but increased K by 328% in clay-rich soil. The change in K for sand was not predicted by the accompanying physical changes to the soil mixture; the sand-biochar mixture was less dense and more porous than sand without biochar. We propose two hydrologic pathways that are potential drivers for this behavior: one through the interstitial biochar-sand space and a second through pores within the biochar grains themselves. This second pathway adds to the porosity of the soil mixture; however, it likely does not add to the effective soil K due to its tortuosity and smaller pore size. Therefore, the addition of biochar can increase or decrease soil drainage, and suggests that any potential improvement of water delivery to plants is dependent on soil type, biochar amendment rate, and biochar properties. Changes in dissolved carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) fluxes also differed; with biochar increasing the C flux from organic-poor sand, decreasing it from organic-rich soils, and retaining small amounts of soil-derived N. The aromaticity of C lost from sand and clay increased, suggesting lost C was biochar-derived; though the loss accounts for only 0.05% of added biochar-C. Thus, the direction and magnitude of hydraulic, C, and N changes associated with biochar amendments are soil type (composition and particle size) dependent. PMID:25251677

  9. USE OF LIMITED SOIL PROPERTY DATA AND MODELING TO ESTIMATE ROOT ZONE SOIL WATER CONTENT.

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    Modeling root zone soil water content at watershed scales is important for both the strategic and tactical management of water resources, but detailed soil physical and hydraulic property data required by most physically-based soil water models are generally not available over large land areas. Wit...

  10. Influence of urban land development and subsequent soil rehabilitation on soil aggregates, carbon, and hydraulic conductivity.

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    Chen, Yujuan; Day, Susan D; Wick, Abbey F; McGuire, Kevin J

    2014-10-01

    Urban land use change is associated with decreased soil-mediated ecosystem services, including stormwater runoff mitigation and carbon (C) sequestration. To better understand soil structure formation over time and the effects of land use change on surface and subsurface hydrology, we quantified the effects of urban land development and subsequent soil rehabilitation on soil aggregate size distribution and aggregate-associated C and their links to soil hydraulic conductivity. Four treatments [typical practice (A horizon removed, subsoil compacted, A horizon partially replaced), enhanced topsoil (same as typical practice plus tillage), post-development rehabilitated soils (compost incorporation to 60-cm depth in subsoil; A horizon partially replaced plus tillage), and pre-development (undisturbed) soils] were applied to 24 plots in Virginia, USA. All plots were planted with five tree species. After five years, undisturbed surface soils had 26 to 48% higher levels of macroaggregation and 12 to 62% greater macroaggregate-associated C pools than those disturbed by urban land development regardless of whether they were stockpiled and replaced, or tilled. Little difference in aggregate size distribution was observed among treatments in subsurface soils, although rehabilitated soils had the greatest macroaggregate-associated C concentrations and pool sizes. Rehabilitated soils had 48 to 171% greater macroaggregate-associated C pool than the other three treatments. Surface hydraulic conductivity was not affected by soil treatment (ranging from 0.4 to 2.3 cm h(-1)). In deeper regions, post-development rehabilitated soils had about twice the saturated hydraulic conductivity (14.8 and 6.3 cm h(-1) at 10-25 cm and 25-40 cm, respectively) of undisturbed soils and approximately 6-11 times that of soils subjected to typical land development practices. Despite limited effects on soil aggregation, rehabilitation that includes deep compost incorporation and breaking of compacted subsurface layers has strong potential as a tool for urban stormwater mitigation and soil management should be explicitly considered in urban stormwater policy. PMID:25064620

  11. Agricultural use of soil, consequences in soil organic matter and hydraulic conductivity compared with natural vegetation in central Spain

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    Vega, Verónica; Carral, Pilar; Alvarez, Ana Maria; Marques, Maria Jose

    2014-05-01

    When ecosystems are under pressure due to high temperatures and water scarcity, the use of land for agriculture can be a handicap for soil and water conservation. The interactions between plants and soils are site-specific. This study provides information about the influence of the preence vs. The absence of vegetation on soil in a semi-arid area of the sout-east of Madrid (Spain, in the Tagus River basin. In this area soil materials are developed over a calcareous-evaporitic lithology. Soils can be classified as Calcisols, having horizons of accumulation with powdered limestone and irregular nodules of calcium carbonate. They can be defined as Haplic Cambisols and Leptic Calcisols (WRB 2006-FAO). The area is mainly used for rainfed agriculture, olive groves, vineyards and cereals. There are some patches of bushes (Quercus sp.) and grasses (Stipa tenacissima L.) although only found on the top of the hills. This study analyses the differences found in soils having three different covers: Quercus coccifera, Stipa tenacissima and lack of vegetation. This last condition was found in the areas between cultivated olive trees. Soil organic matter, porosity and hydraulic conductivity are key properties of soil to understand its ability to adapt to climate or land use changes. In order to measure the influence of different soil covers, four replicates of soil were sampled in each condition at two soil depth, (0-10 cm and 10-20 cm). Hydraulic conductivity was measured in each soil condition and replicate using a Mini-disk® infiltrometer. There were no differences between the two depths sampled. Similarly, there were no changes in electric conductivity (average 0.1±0.03 dS m-1); pH (8.7±0.2) or calcium carbonate content (43±20 %). Nevertheless, significant differences (p>0.001) were found in soil organic matter. The maximum was found in soils under Quercus (4.7±0.5 %), followed by Stipa (2.2±1.1 %). The soil without vegetation in the areas between olive trees had only 0.7±1.1 % soil organic matter; far from the usual limit advisable for cultivated soils. Soil porosity was also affected in cultivated soils, being 39±5% (total porosity), significantly less than those found under Stipa (46%) and Quercus (51%). Hydraulic conductivity presented a similar pattern to porosity, being higher in soils under Quercus, however further research is needed to clarify this result, as it can also be related to changes detected in soil texture. Sand content, which was different between soil conditions, is highly correlated to hydraulic conductivity. Changes in soil texture can be due to erosive processes that have to be studied to establish the causative relationships between these findings. Acknowledgements: Project CGL 2008-04296. Environmental Impact evaluation through the assessment of soil organic matter resilient forms in soils.

  12. Atlas of soil reflectance properties

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    Stoner, E. R.; Baumgardner, M. F.; Biehl, L. L.; Robinson, B. F.

    1979-01-01

    A compendium of soil spectral reflectance curves together with soil test results and site information is presented in an abbreviated manner listing those soil properties most important in influencing soil reflectance. Results are presented for 251 soils from 39 states and Brazil. A narrative key describes relationships between soil parameters and reflectance curves. All soils are classified according to the U.S. soil taxonomy and soil series name for ease of identification.

  13. Soil water balance scenario studies using predicted soil hydraulic parameters

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    Nemes, A.; Wsten, J. H. M.; Bouma, J.; Vrallyay, G.

    2006-03-01

    Pedotransfer functions (PTFs) have become a topic drawing increasing interest within the field of soil and environmental research because they can provide important soil physical data at relatively low cost. Few studies, however, explore which contributions PTFs can make to land-use planning, in terms of examining the expected outcome of certain changes in soil and water management practices. This paper describes three scenario studies that show some aspects of how PTFs may help improve decision making about land management practices. We use an exploratory research approach using simulation modelling to explore the potential effect of alternative solutions in land management. We: (i) evaluate benefits and risks when irrigating a field, and the impact of soil heterogeneity; (ii) examine which changes can be expected (in terms of soil water balance and supply) if organic matter content is changed as a result of an alternative management system; (iii) evaluate the risk of leaching to deeper horizons in some soils of Hungary. Using this research approach, quantitative answers are provided to what if? type questions, allowing the distinction of trends and potential problems, which may contribute to the development of sustainable management systems.

  14. Consequences of varied soil hydraulic and meteorological complexity on unsaturated zone time lag estimates.

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    Vero, S E; Ibrahim, T G; Creamer, R E; Grant, J; Healy, M G; Henry, T; Kramers, G; Richards, K G; Fenton, O

    2014-12-01

    The true efficacy of a programme of agricultural mitigation measures within a catchment to improve water quality can be determined only after a certain hydrologic time lag period (subsequent to implementation) has elapsed. As the biophysical response to policy is not synchronous, accurate estimates of total time lag (unsaturated and saturated) become critical to manage the expectations of policy makers. The estimation of the vertical unsaturated zone component of time lag is vital as it indicates early trends (initial breakthrough), bulk (centre of mass) and total (Exit) travel times. Typically, estimation of time lag through the unsaturated zone is poor, due to the lack of site specific soil physical data, or by assuming saturated conditions. Numerical models (e.g. Hydrus 1D) enable estimates of time lag with varied levels of input data. The current study examines the consequences of varied soil hydraulic and meteorological complexity on unsaturated zone time lag estimates using simulated and actual soil profiles. Results indicated that: greater temporal resolution (from daily to hourly) of meteorological data was more critical as the saturated hydraulic conductivity of the soil decreased; high clay content soils failed to converge reflecting prevalence of lateral component as a contaminant pathway; elucidation of soil hydraulic properties was influenced by the complexity of soil physical data employed (textural menu, ROSETTA, full and partial soil water characteristic curves), which consequently affected time lag ranges; as the importance of the unsaturated zone increases with respect to total travel times the requirements for high complexity/resolution input data become greater. The methodology presented herein demonstrates that decisions made regarding input data and landscape position will have consequences for the estimated range of vertical travel times. Insufficiencies or inaccuracies regarding such input data can therefore mislead policy makers regarding the achievability of water quality targets. PMID:25444116

  15. Consequences of varied soil hydraulic and meteorological complexity on unsaturated zone time lag estimates

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    Vero, S. E.; Ibrahim, T. G.; Creamer, R. E.; Grant, J.; Healy, M. G.; Henry, T.; Kramers, G.; Richards, K. G.; Fenton, O.

    2014-12-01

    The true efficacy of a programme of agricultural mitigation measures within a catchment to improve water quality can be determined only after a certain hydrologic time lag period (subsequent to implementation) has elapsed. As the biophysical response to policy is not synchronous, accurate estimates of total time lag (unsaturated and saturated) become critical to manage the expectations of policy makers. The estimation of the vertical unsaturated zone component of time lag is vital as it indicates early trends (initial breakthrough), bulk (centre of mass) and total (Exit) travel times. Typically, estimation of time lag through the unsaturated zone is poor, due to the lack of site specific soil physical data, or by assuming saturated conditions. Numerical models (e.g. Hydrus 1D) enable estimates of time lag with varied levels of input data. The current study examines the consequences of varied soil hydraulic and meteorological complexity on unsaturated zone time lag estimates using simulated and actual soil profiles. Results indicated that: greater temporal resolution (from daily to hourly) of meteorological data was more critical as the saturated hydraulic conductivity of the soil decreased; high clay content soils failed to converge reflecting prevalence of lateral component as a contaminant pathway; elucidation of soil hydraulic properties was influenced by the complexity of soil physical data employed (textural menu, ROSETTA, full and partial soil water characteristic curves), which consequently affected time lag ranges; as the importance of the unsaturated zone increases with respect to total travel times the requirements for high complexity/resolution input data become greater. The methodology presented herein demonstrates that decisions made regarding input data and landscape position will have consequences for the estimated range of vertical travel times. Insufficiencies or inaccuracies regarding such input data can therefore mislead policy makers regarding the achievability of water quality targets.

  16. Modeling soil detachment capacity by rill flow using hydraulic parameters

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    Wang, Dongdong; Wang, Zhanli; Shen, Nan; Chen, Hao

    2016-04-01

    The relationship between soil detachment capacity (Dc) by rill flow and hydraulic parameters (e.g., flow velocity, shear stress, unit stream power, stream power, and unit energy) at low flow rates is investigated to establish an accurate experimental model. Experiments are conducted using a 4 × 0.1 m rill hydraulic flume with a constant artificial roughness on the flume bed. The flow rates range from 0.22 × 10-3 m2 s-1 to 0.67 × 10-3 m2 s-1, and the slope gradients vary from 15.8% to 38.4%. Regression analysis indicates that the Dc by rill flow can be predicted using the linear equations of flow velocity, stream power, unit stream power, and unit energy. Dc by rill flow that is fitted to shear stress can be predicted with a power function equation. Predictions based on flow velocity, unit energy, and stream power are powerful, but those based on shear stress, especially on unit stream power, are relatively poor. The prediction based on flow velocity provides the best estimates of Dc by rill flow because of the simplicity and availability of its measurements. Owing to error in measuring flow velocity at low flow rates, the predictive abilities of Dc by rill flow using all hydraulic parameters are relatively lower in this study compared with the results of previous research. The measuring accuracy of experiments for flow velocity should be improved in future research.

  17. Simulating soil-water movement through loess-veneered landscapes using nonconsilient saturated hydraulic conductivity measurements

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    Williamson, Tanja N.; Lee, Brad D.; Schoeneberger, Philip J.; McCauley, W. M.; Indorante, Samuel J.; Owens, Phillip R.

    2014-01-01

    Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) data are available for the entire United States, so are incorporated in many regional and national models of hydrology and environmental management. However, SSURGO does not provide an understanding of spatial variability and only includes saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) values estimated from particle size analysis (PSA). This study showed model sensitivity to the substitution of SSURGO data with locally described soil properties or alternate methods of measuring Ksat. Incorporation of these different soil data sets significantly changed the results of hydrologic modeling as a consequence of the amount of space available to store soil water and how this soil water is moved downslope. Locally described soil profiles indicated a difference in Ksat when measured in the field vs. being estimated from PSA. This, in turn, caused a difference in which soil layers were incorporated in the hydrologic simulations using TOPMODEL, ultimately affecting how soil water storage was simulated. Simulations of free-flowing soil water, the amount of water traveling through pores too large to retain water against gravity, were compared with field observations of water in wells at five slope positions along a catena. Comparison of the simulated data with the observed data showed that the ability to model the range of conditions observed in the field varied as a function of three soil data sets (SSURGO and local field descriptions using PSA-derived Ksat or field-measured Ksat) and that comparison of absolute values of soil water storage are not valid if different characterizations of soil properties are used.

  18. Hydraulic properties of adsorbed water films in unsaturated porous media

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    Tokunaga, Tetsu K.

    2009-03-01

    Adsorbed water films strongly influence residual water saturations and hydraulic conductivities in porous media at low saturations. Hydraulic properties of adsorbed water films in unsaturated porous media were investigated through combining Langmuir's film model with scaling analysis, without use of any adjustable parameters. Diffuse double layer influences are predicted to be important through the strong dependence of adsorbed water film thickness (f) on matric potential ({Psi}) and ion charge (z). Film thickness, film velocity, and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity are predicted to vary with z{sup -1}, z{sup -2}, and z{sup -3}, respectively. In monodisperse granular media, the characteristic grain size ({lambda}) controls film hydraulics through {lambda}{sup -1} scaling of (1) the perimeter length per unit cross sectional area over which films occur, (2) the critical matric potential ({Psi}{sub c}) below which films control flow, and (3) the magnitude of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity when {Psi} < {Psi}{sub c}. While it is recognized that finer textured sediments have higher unsaturated hydraulic conductivities than coarser sands at intermediate {Psi}, the {lambda}{sup -1} scaling of hydraulic conductivity predicted here extends this understanding to very low saturations where all pores are drained. Extremely low unsaturated hydraulic conductivities are predicted under adsorbed film-controlled conditions (generally < 0.1 mm y{sup -1}). On flat surfaces, the film hydraulic diffusivity is shown to be constant (invariant with respect to {Psi}).

  19. Assessing Hydraulic Connections Across Structural Blocks, Pahute Mesa, Nevada—Interpreting Hydraulic Properties

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    Halford, K. J.; Fenelon, J. M.; Garcia, C.; Sweetkind, D. S.

    2010-12-01

    Groundwater beneath Pahute Mesa flows through a complexly layered sequence of volcanic-rock aquifers and confining units that have been faulted into distinct structural blocks. Hydraulic properties of the rocks and structures in this aquifer system control radionuclide migration away from areas of underground nuclear testing. The degree of hydraulic connection between structural blocks greatly affects the direction and distance of contaminant transport, but cannot be inferred reliably from geologic interpretation. Drawdown and recovery responses from multiple aquifer tests have been observed between structural blocks where pumping and observation wells were separated by almost 4 km. Hydraulic properties of aquifers, confining units, and fault structures were estimated by interpreting pumping responses from multiple aquifer tests using a single, three-dimensional hydrogeologic framework and multiple groundwater flow models. Multiple flow-models allowed grid refinement near each pumping well. Hydraulic property estimates will be refined easily because each additional aquifer test is interpreted with another independent groundwater flow model. Model fit and sensitivities from each additional model are combined with all previous model comparisons so revised hydraulic property estimates explain all aquifer-test results. Model results suggest that more than 70 percent of the aggregate transmissivity occurs in two fractured lava-flow aquifers where transmissivity exceeds 1,000 m2/d. These aquifers comprise about 20 percent of an 800-m thick sequence of saturated, volcanic rocks and thickness-averaged hydraulic conductivity ranges between 6 and 60 m/d. The underlying units are ash-flow and bedded tuffs that were differentiated in the three-dimensional hydrogeologic framework into aquifers and confining units based on degree of welding. However, these units are indistinguishable in the flow models where hydraulic conductivity estimates are about 0.5 m/d. Faults that bound structural blocks and offset the volcanic section have similarly small estimated hydraulic conductivity and do not appear to be low-permeability barriers or high-permeability fluid conduits. The similarity of hydraulic-conductivity estimates in the lower part of the volcanic section suggests that most of the permeability could be attributed to pervasive and areally extensive secondary fracturing of the emplaced units. The observed hydraulic connection between structural blocks could be explained with fault structures that had hydraulic conductivities similar to the undisturbed host rocks.

  20. Evaluating soil moisture and hydraulic conductivity in semi-arid rangeland soils

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    Whitaker, M.P.L.

    1993-12-31

    The US DOE`s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (DOE-OCRWM) Fellowship Program supports various disciplines of academic research related to the isolation of radionuclides from the biosphere. The purpose of this paper is to provide an example of a university research application in the specific discipline of hydrology and water resources (a multi-disciplinary field encompassing engineering and the earth sciences), and to discuss how this research pertains to the objectives of the DOE-OCRWM Fellowship Program. The university research application is twofold: One portion focuses on the spatial variability of soil moisture ({theta}) and the other section compares point measurements with small watershed estimates of hydraulic conductivity (K) in a semi-arid rangeland soil in Arizona. For soil moisture measurements collected over a range of horizontal sampling intervals, no spatial correlation was evident. This outcome is reassuring to computer modelers who have assumed no spatial correlation for soil moisture over smaller scales. In regard to hydraulic conductivity, point measurements differed significantly from small watershed estimates of hydraulic conductivity which were derived from a calibrated and verified rainfall-runoff computer model. The estimates of saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) were obtained from previous computer simulations in which measured data was collected in the same research location as the present study.

  1. Application of EM38 and ERT methods in estimation of saturated hydraulic conductivity in unsaturated soil

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    Farzamian, Mohammad; Monteiro Santos, Fernando A.; Khalil, Mohamed A.

    2015-01-01

    Soil apparent electrical conductivity is being considerably used as a surrogate measure for soil properties and hydraulic parameters. In this study, measurements of electrical conductivity were accomplished with electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and EM38 to develop multiple datasets for defining spatiotemporal moisture content variations and estimating saturated hydraulic conductivity under natural conditions in an experimental site located in Lisbon, Portugal. In addition, EM38 capability in monitoring electrical conductivity variations in comparison with ERT method was examined. In order to achieve these objectives, appropriate relationships were derived based on determination of experimental curve resistivity vs. degree of saturation by in-situ investigation to convert electrical resistivity maps inferred from ERT and EM38 data to moisture content distribution maps. In addition, the surface temperature variations during the experiment were measured and the effects of the temperature variations were removed by assuming 2% change in electrical resistivity per °C change in temperature. The conducted experiment proves that the soil is fairly homogenous and semi-pervious sediment and the spatiotemporal moisture content variations during the experiment barely exceed 10%. Our calculations constrain the range of saturated hydraulic conductivity to be 3-9 (cm/day) range.

  2. Gas diffusion-derived tortuosity governs saturated hydraulic conductivity in sandy soils

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    Masís-Meléndez, Federico; Chamindu Deepagoda, T. K. K.; de Jonge, Lis Wollesen; Tuller, Markus; Moldrup, Per

    2014-05-01

    The saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) is an essential effective parameter for the development of improved distributed hydrological models and area-differentiated risk assessment of chemical leaching. Basic soil properties such as the particle size distribution or, more recently, air permeability are commonly used to estimate Ksat. Conversely, links to soil gas diffusivity (Dp/Do) have not been fully explored even though gas diffusivity is intimately linked to the connectivity and tortuosity of the soil pore network. Based on measurements for a coarse sandy soil, potential relationships between Ksat and Dp/Do were investigated. A total of 84 undisturbed soil cores were extracted from the topsoil of a field site, and Dp/Do and Ksat were measured in the laboratory. Water-induced and solids-induced tortuosity factors were obtained by applying a two-parameter Dp/Do model to measured data, and subsequently linked to the cementation exponent of the well-established Revil and Cathles predictive model for saturated hydraulic conductivity. Furthermore, a two-parameter model, analogue to the Kozeny-Carman equation, was developed for the Ksat - Dp/Do relationship. All analyses implied strong and fundamental relationships between Ksat and Dp/Do.

  3. Ecohydrological controls on soil moisture and hydraulic conductivity within a pinyon-juniper woodland

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    Lebron, I.; Madsen, M.D.; Chandler, D.G.; Robinson, D.A.; Wendroth, O.; Belnap, J.

    2007-01-01

    The impact of pinyon-juniper woodland encroachment on rangeland ecosystems is often associated with a reduction of streamflow and recharge and an increase in soil erosion. The objective of this study is to investigate vegetational control on seasonal soil hydrologic properties along a 15-m transect in pinyon-juniper woodland with biocrust. We demonstrate that the juniper tree controls soil water content (SWC) patterns directly under the canopy via interception, and beyond the canopy via shading in a preferred orientation, opposite to the prevailing wind direction. The juniper also controls the SWC and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity measured close to water saturation (K(h)) under the canopy by the creation of soil water repellency due to needle drop. We use this information to refine the hydrologic functional unit (HFU) concept into three interacting hydrologic units: canopy patches, intercanopy patches, and a transitional unit formed by intercanopy patches in the rain shadow of the juniper tree. Spatial autoregressive state-space models show the close relationship between K(h) close to soil water saturation and SWC at medium and low levels, integrating a number of influences on hydraulic conductivity. Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union.

  4. High-resolution hydraulic parameter maps for surface soils in tropical South America

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    Marthews, T. R.; Quesada, C. A.; Galbraith, D. R.; Malhi, Y.; Mullins, C. E.; Hodnett, M. G.; Dharssi, I.

    2013-12-01

    Modern land surface model simulations capture soil profile water movement through the use of soil hydraulics sub-models, but good hydraulic parameterisations are often lacking, especially in the tropics. We present much-improved gridded datasets of hydraulic parameters for surface soil for the critical area of tropical South America, describing soil profile water movement across the region to 30 cm depth. Optimal hydraulic parameter values are given for the Brooks and Corey, Campbell, van Genuchten-Mualem and van Genuchten-Burdine soil hydraulic models, which are widely-used hydraulic sub-models in Land Surface Models. This has been possible through interpolating soil measurements from several sources through the SOTERLAC soil and terrain database and using the most recent pedotransfer functions (PTFs) derived for South American soils. All soil parameter data layers are provided at 15 arcsec resolution and available for download, this being 20 × higher resolution than the best comparable parameter maps available to date. Specific examples are given of the use of PTFs and the importance highlighted of using PTFs that have been locally-parameterised and that are not just based on soil texture. Details are provided specifically on how to assemble the ancillary data files required for grid-based vegetation simulation using the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES). We discuss current developments in soil hydraulic modelling and how high-resolution parameter maps such as these can improve the simulation of vegetation development and productivity in land surface models.

  5. High-resolution hydraulic parameter maps for surface soils in tropical South America

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    Marthews, T. R.; Quesada, C. A.; Galbraith, D. R.; Malhi, Y.; Mullins, C. E.; Hodnett, M. G.; Dharssi, I.

    2014-05-01

    Modern land surface model simulations capture soil profile water movement through the use of soil hydraulics sub-models, but good hydraulic parameterisations are often lacking, especially in the tropics. We present much-improved gridded data sets of hydraulic parameters for surface soil for the critical area of tropical South America, describing soil profile water movement across the region to 30 cm depth. Optimal hydraulic parameter values are given for the Brooks and Corey, Campbell, van Genuchten-Mualem and van Genuchten-Burdine soil hydraulic models, which are widely used hydraulic sub-models in land surface models. This has been possible through interpolating soil measurements from several sources through the SOTERLAC soil and terrain data base and using the most recent pedotransfer functions (PTFs) derived for South American soils. All soil parameter data layers are provided at 15 arcsec resolution and available for download, this being 20x higher resolution than the best comparable parameter maps available to date. Specific examples are given of the use of PTFs and the importance highlighted of using PTFs that have been locally parameterised and that are not just based on soil texture. We discuss current developments in soil hydraulic modelling and how high-resolution parameter maps such as these can improve the simulation of vegetation development and productivity in land surface models.

  6. Modelling the effect of rock fragment on soil saturated hydraulic conductivity

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    Pellegrini, Sergio; Costanza Andrenelli, Maria; Vignozzi, Nadia

    2014-05-01

    Stoniness may be a key factor in determining the soil hydrological properties. Nevertheless, how coarse fraction takes part in some important processes (e.g., runoff, infiltration and percolation) is not univocally recognized, mainly because of the difficulties in obtaining reliable experimental data and, secondarily, for the employment of different approaches to evaluate the role of the coarse fraction. With that regard, equations developed by hydrogeologists to account for water fluxes in porous media, consider permeability as mere function of grain size distribution (particles >2 mm included), with permeability values increasing when passing from sand to gravel. Conversely, soil scientists consider the saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) of soil exclusively as function of the fine-earth fraction and attribute a contrasting effect to the coarse fraction, both in relation to the decrease of porosity and to the increase of flow path tortuosity. Nevertheless, the Soil Survey Handbook includes all fragmental soils (gravel content ≥35% by weight) into the highest class of soil hydraulic conductivity, and this partly disagrees with the mostly adopted soil scientists' approaches. At the same time, lab- experiments carried out by engineers on particle mixture point out that the addition of increasing amounts of coarse material to finer grains progressively reduces the overall porosity until a critical threshold is reached; beyond this level, the void proportion rises again. In relation to the engineers' results, the present paper attempts to conceptually approach the dual effects of rock fragment content on Ksat by considering a decay of the water transmission properties of the fine-earth fraction at low gravel contents and, conversely, a drastic improvement of the conductivity whenever the porosity increases. For that purpose a data set of 50 soils of different textural classes is used to define the procedure by virtually increasing the rock fragment fraction (SK) up to 99% by weight, meanwhile calculating the corresponding statistical descriptors (e.g., d10, dg, σφ) of grain size distribution (GSD). For each sample of the data set, the procedure is based on the Ksat computation for increasing gravel content provided by both soil scientists' and hydrogeologists' approaches. Given that the two methods generate curves with different direction and slope, an intersection is obtained. Such a point indicates the minimum saturated hydraulic conductivity value, that can be conceptually interpreted as the minimum porosity (or the maximum density of the mixture) experimentally observed by engineers. Therefore, the procedure for assessing the resulting Ksat consists in adopting the soil scientists' approach until the intersection is reached and then following the hydrogeological curve beyond such threshold. The findings provided by two other approaches are compared with our results and discussed.

  7. Soil hydraulic conductivity changes caused by irrigation with reclaimed waste water

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    Levy, G.J.; Rosenthal, A.; Tarchitzky, J.; Shainberg, I.; Chen, Y.

    1999-10-01

    Use of reclaimed waste water (RWW) in arid and semiarid regions may alleviate problems of fresh water shortage; however, it also involves some potential risks among which are degradation of soil hydraulic properties. The objectives of the current study were to study the effects of organic matter (OM) loads found in RWW obtained from a secondary treatment plant in Tel Aviv, Israel, and different size fractions of the suspended solids in the RWW on the hydraulic conductivity (HC) of three Israeli soils. The hydraulic conductivity of a clayey grumusol (Typic Chromoxerert), a typic loamy loess (Calcic Haploxeralf), and a sandy loam hamra (Typic Rhodexeralf) was determined in the laboratory using soil columns, by leaching with RWW containing zero, low, or high OM load, followed by leaching with distilled water (DW). The effects of suspended solids' size fraction on the HC was determined by filtering RWW. Leaching with high OM load RWW caused the relative HC of the grumusol, loess and hamra to drop to final values of 13.9, 24.2, and 58.8%, respectively. Filtering out suspended solids {gt}1.2 {micro} in this water improved the HC of the hamra, but did not significantly affect the final relative HC of the grumusol and loess. Leaching with low OM load RWW did not significantly decrease the HC beyond the decrease attributed to the effects of the concentration and composition of the electrolytes present in the zero OM load RWW. Subsequent leaching with DW caused an additional decrease in HC, whose magnitude for a given soil did not depend on the quality of the RWW previously used. The presence of OM in the irrigation water did not seem to have significant residual effects on soil HC. Evidently, in high OM load RWW the OM fraction determines the soils' HC, whereas in low OM load RWW, it is the electrolyte concentration and composition in the water, that seem to pose the hazard to soil hydraulic properties, especially during subsequent leaching with DW.

  8. Effects of substrate properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof

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    Sandoval, V. P.; Suarez, F. I.; Victorero, F.; Bonilla, C.; Gironas, J. A.; Vera, S.; Bustamante, W.; Rojas, V.; Pasten, P.

    2014-12-01

    Green roofs are a sustainable urban development solution that incorporates a growing media (also known as substrate) and vegetation into infrastructures to reach additional benefits such as the reduction of: rooftop runoff peak flows, roof surface temperatures, energy utilized for cooling/heating buildings, and the heat island effect. The substrate is a key component of the green roof that allows achieving these benefits. It is an artificial soil that has an improved behavior compared to natural soils, facilitating vegetation growth, water storage and typically with smaller densities to reduce the loads over the structures. Therefore, it is important to study the effects of substrate properties on green roof performance. The objective of this study is to investigate the physical properties of four substrates designed to improve the behavior of a green roof, and to study their impact on the efficiency of a green roof. The substrates that were investigated are: organic soil; crushed bricks; a mixture of mineral soil with perlite; and a mixture of crushed bricks and organic soil. The thermal properties (thermal conductivity, volumetric heat capacity and thermal diffusivity) were measured using a dual needle probe (Decagon Devices, Inc.) at different saturation levels, and the hydraulic properties were measured with a constant head permeameter (hydraulic conductivity) and a pressure plate extractor (water retention curve). This characterization, combined with numerical models, allows understanding the effect of these properties on the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof. Results show that substrates composed by crushed bricks improve the thermal insulation of infrastructures and at the same time, retain more water in their pores. Simulation results also show that the hydraulic and thermal behavior of a green roof strongly depends on the moisture content prior to a rainstorm.

  9. Hydraulics.

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    Decker, Robert L.; Kirby, Klane

    This curriculum guide contains a course in hydraulics to train entry-level workers for automotive mechanics and other fields that utilize hydraulics. The module contains 14 instructional units that cover the following topics: (1) introduction to hydraulics; (2) fundamentals of hydraulics; (3) reservoirs; (4) lines, fittings, and couplers; (5)…

  10. In situ separation of root hydraulic redistribution of soil water from liquid and vapor transport

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    Nocturnal increases in water potential (ψ) and water content () in the upper soil profile are often attributed to root water efflux into the soil, a process termed hydraulic lift or hydraulic redistribution (HR). We have previously reported HR values up to ~0.29 mm day-1 in the ...

  11. In situ separation of root hydraulic redistribution of soil water from liquid and vapor transport

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    Nocturnal increases in water potential (?) and water content (?) in the upper soil profile are often attributed to root water efflux into the soil, a process termed hydraulic lift or hydraulic redistribution (HR). We have previously reported HR values up to ~0.29 mm day-1 in the ...

  12. EFFECTS OF ELECTROOSMOSIS ON SOIL TEMPERATURE AND HYDRAULIC HEAD: II. NUMERICAL SIMULATION

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    A numerical model to simulate the distributions of voltage, soil temperature, and hydraulic head during the field test of electroosmosis was developed. The two-dimensional governing equations for the distributions of voltage, soil temperature, and hydraulic head within a cylindri...

  13. Vadose-zone monitoring strategy to evaluate desalted groundwater effects on hydraulic properties

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    Valdes-Abellan, J.; Candela, L.; Jiménez-Martínez, J.

    2012-04-01

    Desalinated brackish groundwater is becoming a new source of water supply to comply with growing water demands, especially in (semi) arid countries. Irrigation with desalinated or a blend of desalinated and ground/surface water, presents associated impacts on plants, soil and aquifer media. Mixed waters with different salinities can lead to the formation of unexpected chemical precipitates. The use of desalted groundwater for irrigation counts with potential drawbacks, among them: changes of hydraulic properties of soil-aquifer systems (e.g. hydraulic conductivity, porosity) as a consequence of mineral precipitation; root growth blockage and plant uptake of pollutants; as well as leaching of contaminants to groundwater. An experimental plot located at SE Spain, covered by grass and irrigated by sprinklers with a blend of desalted and groundwater from a brackish aquifer, has been monitored in order to characterize at field scale the possible impacts on soil hydraulic properties. The monitoring strategy to control water and heat flux includes traditional and more updated devices. The field instrumentation, vertically installed from the ground surface and spatially distributed, consisted of: ten tensiometers (Soilmoisture Equipment Corp, Goleta, CA, USA) at different depths (two per depth); and, two access tubes (fiber glass, 44mm diameter 2m length) for soil moisture measurements from TRIME-FM TDR probe (Imko GmbH, Ettlingen, Germany). Automatic logging is carried out from a trench located in the border of the experimental plot and it takes in: a set of five 5TE devices (Decagon Devices Inc, Pullman, WA, USA) vertically installed, which measure volumetric water content, electric conductivity and temperature; and additionally, a suction sensor at 0.6m depth. Finally, a periodic sampling of undisturbed soil cores (2m length) takes place for the purpose of imaging porosity changes from environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). First results about water and heat flux, as well as changes in the soil hydraulic properties, are presented in the current work.

  14. Agricultural soil moisture experiment, Colby, Kansas 1978: Measured and predicted hydrological properties of the soil

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    Arya, L. M. (Principal Investigator)

    1980-01-01

    Predictive procedures for developing soil hydrologic properties (i.e., relationships of soil water pressure and hydraulic conductivity to soil water content) are presented. Three models of the soil water pressure-water content relationship and one model of the hydraulic conductivity-water content relationship are discussed. Input requirements for the models are indicated, and computational procedures are outlined. Computed hydrologic properties for Keith silt loam, a soil typer near Colby, Kansas, on which the 1978 Agricultural Soil Moisture Experiment was conducted, are presented. A comparison of computed results with experimental data in the dry range shows that analytical models utilizing a few basic hydrophysical parameters can produce satisfactory data for large-scale applications.

  15. Hydraulic conductivity study of compacted clay soils used as landfill liners for an acidic waste.

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    Hamdi, Noureddine; Srasra, Ezzeddine

    2013-01-01

    Three natural clayey soils from Tunisia were studied to assess their suitability for use as a liner for an acid waste disposal site. An investigation of the effect of the mineral composition and mechanical compaction on the hydraulic conductivity and fluoride and phosphate removal of three different soils is presented. The hydraulic conductivity of these three natural soils are 8.5 × 10(-10), 2.08 × 10(-9) and 6.8 × 10(-10)m/s for soil-1, soil-2 and soil-3, respectively. Soil specimens were compacted under various compaction strains in order to obtain three wet densities (1850, 1950 and 2050 kg/m(3)). In this condition, the hydraulic conductivity (k) was reduced with increasing density of sample for all soils. The test results of hydraulic conductivity at long-term (>200 days) using acidic waste solution (pH=2.7, charged with fluoride and phosphate ions) shows a decrease in k with time only for natural soil-1 and soil-2. However, the specimens of soil-2 compressed to the two highest densities (1950 and 2050 kg/m(3)) are cracked after 60 and 20 days, respectively, of hydraulic conductivity testing. This damage is the result of a continued increase in the internal stress due to the swelling and to the effect of aggressive wastewater. The analysis of anions shows that the retention of fluoride is higher compared to phosphate and soil-1 has the highest sorption capacity. PMID:22980909

  16. Root-induced hydraulic changes of soil matrix - an in-situ experimental study in the wetland of Poyang Lake

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    Zhao, Z.; Jin, G.; Hua, G.; Chen, B.; Tao, X.; Li, L.

    2013-12-01

    Plant roots may change the structure of the surface soil layer and hence the groundwater flow in wetlands. Such modifications would affect the soil condition, which in turn may influence the growth of the plants and the structure of the natural vegetation community. In order to determine the relationship between the distribution of the roots and the hydraulic property of the soil matrix, we conducted a series of in-situ experiments based on falling head test at a field site in the wetland of Poyang Lake. Areas dominated by three typical plants in the wetland, Artemisia selengensis, Phalaris arundinacea and Carex tristachya, were examined. Comparisons were also made between areas with and without plants covered. The results show that the roots improved the flow conditions of soil matrix, especially for Carex tristachya, which had a great plant and root density. The volume fraction of the roots and the grain composition of the soil were also analyzed. The regression analyses show that the root density played an important role in affecting the saturated hydraulic conductivity near the surface where the soil matrix has a larger root volume fraction. Deep into soil (after 15cm from the surface), the root volume fraction decreased and the influence of the grain composition on changes of the saturated hydraulic conductivity became more significant. These results may improve the understandings of the relationship between hydrological conditions and the growth of vegetation in the wetland.

  17. Hydraulics.

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    Engelbrecht, Nancy; And Others

    These instructional materials provide an orientation to hydraulics for use at the postsecondary level. The first of 12 sections presents an introduction to hydraulics, including discussion of principles of liquids, definitions, liquid flow, the two types of hydraulic fluids, pressure gauges, and strainers and filters. The second section identifies…

  18. Effects of model layer simplification using composite hydraulic properties

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    Sepulveda, Nicasio; Kuniansky, Eve L.

    2010-01-01

    The effects of simplifying hydraulic property layering within an unconfined aquifer and the underlying confining unit were assessed. The hydraulic properties of lithologic units within the unconfined aquifer and confining unit were computed by analyzing the aquifer-test data using radial, axisymmetric two-dimensional (2D) flow. Time-varying recharge to the unconfined aquifer and pumping from the confined Upper Floridan aquifer (USA) were simulated using 3D flow. Conceptual flow models were developed by gradually reducing the number of lithologic units in the unconfined aquifer and confining unit by calculating composite hydraulic properties for the simplified lithologic units. Composite hydraulic properties were calculated using either thickness-weighted averages or inverse modeling using regression-based parameter estimation. No significant residuals were simulated when all lithologic units comprising the unconfined aquifer were simulated as one layer. The largest residuals occurred when the unconfined aquifer and confining unit were aggregated into a single layer (quasi-3D), with residuals over 100% for the leakage rates to the confined aquifer and the heads in the confining unit. Residuals increased with contrasts in vertical hydraulic conductivity between the unconfined aquifer and confining unit. Residuals increased when the constant-head boundary at the bottom of the Upper Floridan aquifer was replaced with a no-flow boundary.

  19. Hydraulic and thermal soil Parameter combined with TEM data at quaternary coastal regions

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    Grabowski, Ima; Kirsch, Reinhard; Scheer, Wolfgang

    2014-05-01

    In order to generate a more efficient method of planning and dimensioning small- and medium sized geothermal power plants at quaternary subsurface a basic approach has been attempted. Within the EU-project CLIWAT, the coastal region of Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium has been investigated and air borne electro magnetic data was collected. In this work the regional focus was put on the isle of Föhr. To describe the subsurface with relevant parameters one need the information from drillings and geophysical well logging data. The approach to minimize costs and use existing data from state agencies led the investigation to the combination of specific electrical resistivity data and hydraulic and thermal conductivity. We worked out a basic soil/hydraulic conductivity statistic for the isle of Föhr by gathering all well logging data from the island and sorted the existing soil materials to associated kf -values. We combined specific electrical resistivity with hydraulic soil properties to generate thermal conductivity values by extracting porosity. Until now we generated a set of rough data for kf - values and thermal conductivity. The air borne TEM data sets are reliable up to 150 m below surface, depending on the conductivity of the layers. So we can suppose the same for the differentiated parameters. Since this is a very rough statistic of kf -values, further more investigation has to be made. Although the close connection to each area of investigation either over existing logging data or laboratory soil property values will remain necessary. Literature: Ahmed S, de Marsily G, Talbot A (1988): Combined Use of Hydraulic and Electrical Properties of an Aquifer in a Geostatistical Estimation of Transmissivity. - Groundwater, vol. 26 (1) Burschil T, Scheer W, Wiederhold H, Kirsch R (2012): Groundwater situation on a glacially affected barrier island. Submitted to Hydrology and Earth System Sciences - an Interactive Open Access Journal of the European Geosciences Union Burval Working Group (2006) Groundwater Resources in buried valleys- a challenge for Geosciences. - Leibniz-Institut für Angewandte Geophysik, Hannover Scheer W, König B, Steinmann F (2012): Die Grundwasserverhältnisse von Föhr. - In: Der Untergrund von Föhr: Geologie, Grundwasser und Erdwärme - Ergebnisse des INTERREG-Projektes CLIWAT. - Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume Schleswig-Holstein, Flintbek

  20. Characterization and cartography of topsoil hydraulic properties in a French mountainous peri-urban catchment

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    Gonzalez-Sosa, E.; Braud, I.; Gonzalez-Sosa, E.; Dehotin, J.; Branger, F.; Lagouy, M.

    2009-04-01

    Due to the increase of urbanization and modification of agricultural practices, peri-urban areas experiment a quick change in land use. The impact of such change on the catchment hydrological cycle must be quantified. To achieve this goal, distributed hydrological models offer the ability to take into account land use change, and more specifically its effect on surface infiltration capacity. A distributed assessment of infiltration properties and their variability at the catchment scale is thus of great importance if accurate simulation of the water balance are expected on such catchments. This paper presents a field campaign conducted in a 7 km2 peri-urban catchment, located in the "Mont du Lyonnais" area, close to the city of Lyon (France) in order to document the topsoil hydraulic properties. The sampling strategy was set up in order to sample the largest number of soil/land use combinations. The locations were chosen from a GIS analysis based on the overlapping of the pedology and land use maps, and accessibility consideration. At each location, two types of infiltration tests were performed: infiltration tests under suction using mini-disk infiltrometers and single ring infiltration tests under positive head. Three replicates were performed for each method. Particle size data and organic matter analysis were also conducted at each location. Results will be discussed in terms of soil hydraulic properties and particle size data statistics. Relationship with external factors such as pedological unit, land use, slope, texture will be explored. Preliminary results show that forest and pasture soils exhibit the highest hydraulic conductivity and sorptivity. In order to provide models with values at the modelling unit scale (field and/or sub-catchment scale), existing pedotransfer function will be assessed and if necessary calibrated using the local measurements. Finally a methodology for the cartography of the soil hydraulic properties will be proposed.

  1. Effects of model layer simplification using composite hydraulic properties

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    Kuniansky, Eve L.; Sepulveda, Nicasio

    2011-01-01

    Groundwater provides much of the fresh drinking water to more than 1.5 billion people in the world (Clarke et al., 1996) and in the United States more that 50 percent of citizens rely on groundwater for drinking water (Solley et al., 1998). As aquifer systems are developed for water supply, the hydrologic system is changed. Water pumped from the aquifer system initially can come from some combination of inducing more recharge, water permanently removed from storage, and decreased groundwater discharge. Once a new equilibrium is achieved, all of the pumpage must come from induced recharge and decreased discharge (Alley et al., 1999). Further development of groundwater resources may result in reductions of surface water runoff and base flows. Competing demands for groundwater resources require good management. Adequate data to characterize the aquifers and confining units of the system, like hydrologic boundaries, groundwater levels, streamflow, and groundwater pumping and climatic data for recharge estimation are to be collected in order to quantify the effects of groundwater withdrawals on wetlands, streams, and lakes. Once collected, three-dimensional (3D) groundwater flow models can be developed and calibrated and used as a tool for groundwater management. The main hydraulic parameters that comprise a regional or subregional model of an aquifer system are the hydraulic conductivity and storage properties of the aquifers and confining units (hydrogeologic units) that confine the system. Many 3D groundwater flow models used to help assess groundwater/surface-water interactions require calculating ?effective? or composite hydraulic properties of multilayered lithologic units within a hydrogeologic unit. The calculation of composite hydraulic properties stems from the need to characterize groundwater flow using coarse model layering in order to reduce simulation times while still representing the flow through the system accurately. The accuracy of flow models with simplified layering and hydraulic properties will depend on the effectiveness of the methods used to determine composite hydraulic properties from a number of lithologic units.

  2. Comparison of Laboratory and Field Methods for Determining the Quasi-Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity of Soils

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    Faybishenko, Boris

    1997-08-01

    Laboratory and field ponded infiltration tests in quasi-saturated soils (containing entrapped air) exhibit the same three-stage temporal variability for the flow rate and hydraulic conductivity. However, the values for the hydraulic conductivity may differ by as much as two orders of magnitude due to differences in the geometry and physics of flow when different laboratory and field methods are applied. The purpose of this paper is to investigate this variability using a comparison of results of ponded infiltration tests conducted under laboratory conditions using confined cores, with results of field tests conducted using partially isolated cores and double-ring infiltrometers. Under laboratory conditions in confined cores, during the firs stage, the water flux decreases over time because entrapped air plugs the largest pores in the soils; during the second stage, the quasi-saturated hydraulic conductivity increases by one to two orders of magnitude, essentially reaching the saturated hydraulic conductivity, when entrapped air is discharged from the soils; during the third stage, the hydraulic conductivity decreases to minimum values due to sealing of the soil surface and the effect of biofilms sealing the pores within the wetted zone. Under field conditions, the second stage is only partially developed, and when the surface sealing process begins, the hydraulic pressure drops below the air entry value, thereby causing atmospheric air to enter the soils. As a result, the soils become unsaturated with a low hydraulic conductivity, and the infiltration rate consequently decreases. Contrary to the laboratory experiments in confined cores, the saturated hydraulic conductivity cannot be reached under field conditions. In computations of infiltration one has to take into account the variations in the quasi-saturated and unsaturated hydraulic conductivities, moisture and entrapped air content, and the hydraulic gradient in the quasi-saturated or unsaturated soils.

  3. Effect of filter designs on hydraulic properties and well efficiency.

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    Kim, Byung-Woo

    2014-09-01

    To analyze the effect of filter pack arrangement on the hydraulic properties and the well efficiency of a well design, a step drawdown was conducted in a sand-filled tank model. Prior to the test, a single filter pack (SFP), granule only, and two dual filter packs (DFPs), type A (granule-pebble) and type B (pebble-granule), were designed to surround the well screen. The hydraulic properties and well efficiencies related to the filter packs were evaluated using the Hazen's, Eden-Hazel's, Jacob's, and Labadie-Helweg's methods. The results showed that the hydraulic properties and well efficiency of the DFPs were higher than those of a SFP, and the clogging effect and wellhead loss related to the aquifer material were the lowest owing to the grain size and the arrangement of the filter pack. The hydraulic conductivity of the DFPs types A and B was about 1.41 and 6.43 times that of a SFP, respectively. In addition, the well efficiency of the DFPs types A and B was about 1.38 and 1.60 times that of the SFP, respectively. In this study, hydraulic property and well efficiency changes were observed according to the variety of the filter pack used. The results differed from the predictions of previous studies on the grain-size ratio. Proper pack-aquifer ratios and filter pack arrangements are primary factors in the construction of efficient water wells, as is the grain ratio, intrinsic permeability (k), and hydraulic conductivity (K) between the grains of the filter packs and the grains of the aquifer. PMID:24571417

  4. CONVERGING PATTERNS OF UPTAKE AND HYDRAULIC REDISTRIBUTION OF SOIL WATER IN CONTRASTING WOODY VEGETATION TYPES

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    We used concurrent measurements of soil water content and soil water potential (Ysoil) to assess the effects of Ysoil on uptake and hydraulic redistribution (HR) of soil water by roots during seasonal drought cycles in six sites characterized by different types and amounts of woo...

  5. Soil Water Sensor Needs for the Evaluation of Hydraulic Lift in Crop Plants

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    Hydraulic lift (HL) in plants is defined as the process by which water is redistributed from wet soil zones to drier soil zones through the plant root system in response to gradients in water potential. Water is released into the dry soil when plant transpiration is low (night) and reabsorbed by th...

  6. HYDRAULIC REDISTRIBUTION OF SOIL WATER: ECOSYSTEM IMPLICATIONS FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST FORESTS

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    The physical process of hydraulic redistribution (HR) is driven by competing soil, tree and atmospheric water potential gradients, and may delay severe water stress for roots and other biota associated with the upper soil profile. We monitored soil moisture characteristics across...

  7. HYDRAULIC REDISTRIBUTION OF SOIL WATER DURING SUMMER DROUGHT IN TWO CONTRASTING PACIFIC NORTHWEST CONIFEROUS FORESTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The magnitude of hydraulic redistribution of soil water by roots and its impact on soil water balance were estimated by monitoring time courses of soil water status at multiple depths and root sap flow during droughted conditions in a dry ponderosa pine ecosystem and a moist Doug...

  8. Plant roots can actively regulate hydraulic redistribution by modifying the hydraulic properties of the rhizosphere using exudates

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    Ghezzehei, Teamrat; Bogie, Nathaniel; Albalasmeh, Ammar

    2015-04-01

    The phenomenon of hydraulic lift by roots of plants has been observed in many arid and semi-arid regions. The process involves water transfer from moist deep soil zone to shallow and dry layers, typically at night when transpiration is shut off. The widely held explanation is that hydraulic lift receives the strong water potential gradient created during the day when the plants are actively transpiring. However, it is not fully understood whether hydraulic lift is actively controlled by plants or it is a spontaneous response to the occurrence of pressure gradient. Here, we will present modeling study that demonstrates that plant roots can exert significant control on hydraulic redistribution via exudation and formation of rhizospheath. The model is based on results of potted experiments conducted by Nambiar in 1976 (Plant and Soil, 44:267-271), which have shown that plants are able to acquire essential micronutrients from very dry soil so long as water is available to the root system in sufficient quantity elsewhere. He also observed that the roots in the water-depleted zones exhibited evidence of substantial root exudation, which suggests that exudates are needed in order to provide moisture for mobilization and diffusion of nutrients in the dry regions. In addition, our own recent model-based research demonstrated that exudates play important role in facilitating water flow in otherwise dry rhizosphere region. Our models show that exudates facilitate the release of hydraulically lifted water to the rhizosphere by ensuring hydraulic continuity between the root walls and the surrounding dry soil. In addition, the high water retention capacity of root exudates permits the hydraulic conductivity to remain elevated even at low potential conditions. The results of this modeling study suggest that hydraulic lift is an actively controlled adaptation mechanism that allows plants to remain active during long dry spells by acquiring nutrients from the dry near surface soils while relying on deep soil moisture reserves for transpiration.

  9. Laboratory analysis of hydraulic properties of volcanic tuff samples

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    1991-12-04

    Daniel B. Stephens and Associates, Inc. (DBS&A) was requested by LANL to perform laboratory analysis for properties of Tuff samples, as outlined in Subcontract No. 9-XT1-X1785-1. The scope of work included conducting the following tasks Sample preparation; Dry bulk density and calculated porosity; Saturated hydraulic conductivity; Moisture characteristics; Air permeability; and Particle density.

  10. HYDRAULIC AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SALTSTONE GROUTS AND VAULT CONCRETES

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    Dixon, K; John Harbour, J; Mark Phifer, M

    2008-11-25

    The Saltstone Disposal Facility (SDF), located in the Z-Area of the Savannah River Site (SRS), is used for the disposal of low-level radioactive salt solution. The SDF currently contains two vaults: Vault 1 (6 cells) and Vault 4 (12 cells). Additional disposal cells are currently in the design phase. The individual cells of the saltstone facility are filled with saltstone. Saltstone is produced by mixing the low-level radioactive salt solution, with blast furnace slag, fly ash, and cement (dry premix) to form a dense, micro-porous, monolithic, low-level radioactive waste form. The saltstone is pumped into the disposal cells where it subsequently solidifies. Significant effort has been undertaken to accurately model the movement of water and contaminants through the facility. Key to this effort is an accurate understanding of the hydraulic and physical properties of the solidified saltstone. To date, limited testing has been conducted to characterize the saltstone. The primary focus of this task was to estimate the hydraulic and physical properties of three types of saltstone and two vault concretes. The saltstone formulations included saltstone premix batched with (1) Deliquification, Dissolution, and Adjustment (DDA) salt simulant (w/pm 0.60), (2) Actinide Removal Process (ARP)/Modular Caustic Side Solvent Extraction Unit (MCU) salt simulant (w/pm 0.60), and (3) Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) salt simulant (w/pm 0.60). The vault concrete formulations tested included the Vault 1/4 concrete and two variations of the Vault 2 concrete (Mix 1 and Mix 2). Wet properties measured for the saltstone formulations included yield stress, plastic viscosity, wet unit weight, bleed water volume, gel time, set time, and heat of hydration. Hydraulic and physical properties measured on the cured saltstone and concrete samples included saturated hydraulic conductivity, moisture retention, compressive strength, porosity, particle density, and dry bulk density. These properties were determined following a minimum 28 day curing period. Additional testing of the three saltstone formulations was conducted following a minimum 90 day curing period. The compressive strength of each saltstone and concrete material was measured at approximately 14, 28, 56, and 90 days. Recommended hydraulic property values for each saltstone grout and the vault concretes are provided. The hydraulic properties provided for each material include the saturated hydraulic conductivity, dry bulk density, particle density, and porosity. In addition, water retention data are presented for each material along with the van Genuchten transport parameters as determined using the RETC code.

  11. Estimating hydraulic conductivities of the soil aggregates and their clay-organic coatings using numerical inversion of capillary rise data

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    Fér, Miroslav; Kodešová, Radka

    2012-10-01

    SummarySoil aggregates are in some soils and their horizons covered by organomineral coatings, which may significantly influence water and solute transfer into the aggregates. Knowledge of a coating occurrence, their structure and hydraulic properties is required for a more precise description of water flow and contaminant transport in soils. The aim of this study was to describe hydraulic properties of clay and organic matter coatings in the iluvial (Bt2) horizon of Haplic Luvisol. Sets of 30 unsorted aggregates, 24 aggregates with mostly clay coatings and 24 aggregates with clay-organic coatings, respectively, were studied to evaluate an impact of various coating composition. The coatings were removed from a half of the aggregates of each set. First, the wetting soil-water retention curve was measured on all soil aggregates. Then the capillary rise from the saturation pan into the multiple aggregates (set of 14 or 15 aggregates) without and with coatings was measured. Numerical inversion of the measured cumulative capillary rise data using the HYDRUS-1D program were applied to estimate the saturated hydraulic conductivities of the aggregates, Ks,aggr, and their coatings, Ks,coat. Results were compared with saturated hydraulic conductivities evaluated analytically using the sorptivity method, which was proposed previously. Data of the soil-water retention curves, measured on aggregates with and without coatings, did not allow distinguishing between retention curve parameters of the soil aggregates and their coatings. Therefore the same parameters were evaluated for both. Capillary rise into the soil aggregates without coatings was always faster than into the aggregates with coatings. As result the optimized saturated hydraulic conductivities, Ks,coat, of the clay and the organic matter coatings (the average values for unsorted, mostly clay and clay-organic coatings were 3.69 × 10-7, 2.76 × 10-7 and 1.81 × 10-7 cm min-1, respectively) were one to two order of magnitude lower than the saturated hydraulic conductivities, Ks,aggr, of the aggregates (the average values for corresponding aggregates were 3.87 × 10-6, 6.52 × 10-6 and 1.11 × 10-5 cm min-1, respectively). Slightly variable Ks,aggr (or Ks,coat) values were obtained for different bottom pressure heads, and the lower Ks,aggr (or Ks,coat) values were estimated from the second run of the tests compare to the first run of tests for each set of aggregates. No statistically significant differences between Ks,coat values obtained for coatings of various compositions were found. Resulting Ks,aggr values were in the range of the values obtained analytically.

  12. Hydraulics.

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    Decker, Robert L.

    Designed for use in courses where students are expected to become proficient in the area of hydraulics, including diesel engine mechanic programs, this curriculum guide is comprised of fourteen units of instruction. Unit titles include (1) Introduction, (2) Fundamentals of Hydraulics, (3) Reservoirs, (4) Lines, Fittings, and Couplers, (5) Seals,…

  13. Soil hydraulic parameters and surface soil moisture of a tilled bare soil plot inversely derived from l-band brightness temperatures

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    We coupled a radiative transfer approach with a soil hydrological model (HYDRUS 1D) and a global optimization routine SCE-UA to derive soil hydraulic parameters and soil surface roughness from measured brightness temperatures at 1.4 GHz (L-band) and measured rainfall and calculated potential soil ev...

  14. Uncertainty in the determination of soil hydraulic parameters and its influence on the performance of two hydrological models of different complexity

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    Baroni, G.; Facchi, A.; Gandolfi, C.; Ortuani, B.; Horeschi, D.; van Dam, J. C.

    2009-06-01

    Data of soil hydraulic properties forms often a limiting factor in unsaturated zone modelling, especially at the larger scales. Investigations for the hydraulic characterization of soils are time-consuming and costly, and the accuracy of the results obtained by the different methodologies is still debated. However, we may wonder how the uncertainty in soil hydraulic parameters relates to the uncertainty of the selected modelling approach. We performed an intensive monitoring study during the cropping season of a 10 ha maize field in Northern Italy. These data were used to: i) compare different methods for determining soil hydraulic parameters and ii) evaluate the effect of the uncertainty in these parameters on different outputs (i.e. evapotranspiration, water content in the root zone, fluxes through the bottom boundary of the root zone) of two hydrological models with different complexity: SWAP, a widely used model of soil moisture dynamics in unsaturated soils based on Richards equation, and ALHyMUS, a conceptual model of the same dynamics based on a reservoir cascade scheme. We employed five direct and indirect methods to determine soil hydraulic parameters for each horizon of the experimental field. Two methods were based on a parameter optimization of: a) laboratory measured retention and hydraulic conductivity data and b) field measured retention and hydraulic conductivity data. Three methods were based on the application of widely used Pedo-Transfer Functions: c) Rawls and Brakensiek; d) HYPRES; and e) ROSETTA. Simulations were performed using meteorological, irrigation and crop data measured at the experimental site during the period June-October 2006. Results showed a wide range of soil hydraulic parameter values evaluated with the different methods, especially for the saturated hydraulic conductivity Ksat and the shape parameter α of the Van Genuchten curve. This is reflected in a variability of the modeling results which is, as expected, different for each model. The variability of the simulated water content in the root zone and of the fluxes at the root zone bottom for different soil hydraulic parameter sets is found to be often larger than the difference between modeling results of the two models using the same soil hydraulic parameter set. Also we found that a good agreement in simulated soil moisture patterns may occur even if evapotranspiration and percolation fluxes are significantly different. Therefore multiple output variables should be considered to test the performances of methods and models.

  15. Uncertainty in the determination of soil hydraulic parameters and its influence on the performance of two hydrological models of different complexity

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    Baroni, G.; Facchi, A.; Gandolfi, C.; Ortuani, B.; Horeschi, D.; van Dam, J. C.

    2010-02-01

    Data of soil hydraulic properties forms often a limiting factor in unsaturated zone modelling, especially at the larger scales. Investigations for the hydraulic characterization of soils are time-consuming and costly, and the accuracy of the results obtained by the different methodologies is still debated. However, we may wonder how the uncertainty in soil hydraulic parameters relates to the uncertainty of the selected modelling approach. We performed an intensive monitoring study during the cropping season of a 10 ha maize field in Northern Italy. The data were used to: i) compare different methods for determining soil hydraulic parameters and ii) evaluate the effect of the uncertainty in these parameters on different variables (i.e. evapotranspiration, average water content in the root zone, flux at the bottom boundary of the root zone) simulated by two hydrological models of different complexity: SWAP, a widely used model of soil moisture dynamics in unsaturated soils based on Richards equation, and ALHyMUS, a conceptual model of the same dynamics based on a reservoir cascade scheme. We employed five direct and indirect methods to determine soil hydraulic parameters for each horizon of the experimental profile. Two methods were based on a parameter optimization of: a) laboratory measured retention and hydraulic conductivity data and b) field measured retention and hydraulic conductivity data. The remaining three methods were based on the application of widely used Pedo-Transfer Functions: c) Rawls and Brakensiek, d) HYPRES, and e) ROSETTA. Simulations were performed using meteorological, irrigation and crop data measured at the experimental site during the period June - October 2006. Results showed a wide range of soil hydraulic parameter values generated with the different methods, especially for the saturated hydraulic conductivity Ksat and the shape parameter α of the van Genuchten curve. This is reflected in a variability of the modeling results which is, as expected, different for each model and each variable analysed. The variability of the simulated water content in the root zone and of the bottom flux for different soil hydraulic parameter sets is found to be often larger than the difference between modeling results of the two models using the same soil hydraulic parameter set. Also we found that a good agreement in simulated soil moisture patterns may occur even if evapotranspiration and percolation fluxes are significantly different. Therefore multiple output variables should be considered to test the performances of methods and models.

  16. Soil water balance in an unsaturated pyroclastic slope for evaluation of soil hydraulic behaviour and boundary conditions

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    Pirone, Marianna; Papa, Raffaele; Nicotera, Marco Valerio; Urciuoli, Gianfranco

    2015-09-01

    Flowslides in granular soils pose a major threat to life and the environment. Their initiation in unsaturated soils is regulated by rainfall infiltration which reduces the matric suction and hence shear strength. Analysis of such phenomena is of strategic importance especially when it aims to mitigate landslide risk by means of early warning systems (EWSs). In this framework, physically-based models need to reproduce the hydro-mechanical behaviour of the slopes through numerical analyses, whose main uncertainty concerns the hydraulic conditions at the boundaries of the studied domain and hydraulic conductivity functions of unsaturated soils. Hence consummate knowledge of both these factors is absolutely necessary for efficient predictions. In this paper hydraulic boundary conditions and hydraulic conductivity functions are investigated at the scale of the slope through an application of soil water balance based on in-situ monitoring at the test site of Monteforte Irpino (southern Italy). Meteorological data, matric suction and soil water content measurements were collected over four years at the test site. The soil water balance was analysed on a seasonal time scale with regard to the whole pyroclastic cover resting on the steep limestone substratum. Infiltration and runoff are estimated, interaction between the soil cover and the substratum is investigated, and the hydraulic conductivity functions operative at the site scale are defined.

  17. COVER CROP SYSTEM EFFECTS ON CARBON/NITROGEN SEQUESTRATION AND THE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF COASTAL PLAIN SOILS UNDER CONSERVATION TILLAGE

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Crop growth and water/solute movement are affected by soil properties. Crop growth is affected by soil moisture retention, which relates to soil structure (particle and pore size distribution), which is greatly affected by soil C levels. Soil hydraulic conductivity depends on particle size distrib...

  18. Hydraulic conductivity study of compacted clay soils used as landfill liners for an acidic waste

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    Hamdi, Noureddine; Srasra, Ezzeddine

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Examined the hydraulic conductivity evolution as function of dry density of Tunisian clay soil. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Follow the hydraulic conductivity evolution at long-term of three clay materials using the waste solution (pH=2.7). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Determined how compaction affects the hydraulic conductivity of clay soils. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Analyzed the concentration of F and P and examined the retention of each soil. - Abstract: Three natural clayey soils from Tunisia were studied to assess their suitability for use as a liner for an acid waste disposal site. An investigation of the effect of the mineral composition and mechanical compaction on the hydraulic conductivity and fluoride and phosphate removal of three different soils is presented. The hydraulic conductivity of these three natural soils are 8.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -10}, 2.08 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9} and 6.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -10} m/s for soil-1, soil-2 and soil-3, respectively. Soil specimens were compacted under various compaction strains in order to obtain three wet densities (1850, 1950 and 2050 kg/m{sup 3}). In this condition, the hydraulic conductivity (k) was reduced with increasing density of sample for all soils. The test results of hydraulic conductivity at long-term (>200 days) using acidic waste solution (pH = 2.7, charged with fluoride and phosphate ions) shows a decrease in k with time only for natural soil-1 and soil-2. However, the specimens of soil-2 compressed to the two highest densities (1950 and 2050 kg/m{sup 3}) are cracked after 60 and 20 days, respectively, of hydraulic conductivity testing. This damage is the result of a continued increase in the internal stress due to the swelling and to the effect of aggressive wastewater. The analysis of anions shows that the retention of fluoride is higher compared to phosphate and soil-1 has the highest sorption capacity.

  19. Plasticity of rhizosphere hydraulic properties as a key for efficient utilization of scarce resources

    PubMed Central

    Carminati, Andrea; Vetterlein, Doris

    2013-01-01

    Background It is known that the soil near roots, the so-called rhizosphere, has physical and chemical properties different from those of the bulk soil. Rhizosphere properties are the result of several processes: root and soil shrinking/swelling during drying/wetting cycles, soil compaction by root growth, mucilage exuded by root caps, interaction of mucilage with soil particles, mucilage shrinking/swelling and mucilage biodegradation. These processes may lead to variable rhizosphere properties, i.e. the presence of air-filled gaps between soil and roots; water repellence in the rhizosphere caused by drying of mucilage around the soil particles; or water accumulation in the rhizosphere due to the high water-holding capacity of mucilage. The resulting properties are not constant in time but they change as a function of soil condition, root growth rate and mucilage age. Scope We consider such a variability as an expression of rhizosphere plasticity, which may be a strategy for plants to control which part of the root system will have a facilitated access to water and which roots will be disconnected from the soil, for instance by air-filled gaps or by rhizosphere hydrophobicity. To describe such a dualism, we suggest classifying rhizosphere into two categories: class A refers to a rhizosphere covered with hydrated mucilage that optimally connects roots to soil and facilitates water uptake from dry soils. Class B refers to the case of air-filled gaps and/or hydrophobic rhizosphere, which isolate roots from the soil and may limit water uptake from the soil as well water loss to the soil. The main function of roots covered by class B will be long-distance transport of water. Outlook This concept has implications for soil and plant water relations at the plant scale. Root water uptake in dry conditions is expected to shift to regions covered with rhizosphere class A. On the other hand, hydraulic lift may be limited in regions covered with rhizosphere class B. New experimental methods need to be developed and applied to different plant species and soil types, in order to understand whether such dualism in rhizosphere properties is an important mechanism for efficient utilization of scarce resources and drought tolerance. PMID:23235697

  20. Use of a flux-based field capacity criterion to identify effective hydraulic parameters of layered soil profiles subjected to synthetic drainage experiments

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    Nasta, Paolo; Romano, Nunzio

    2016-01-01

    This study explores the feasibility of identifying the effective soil hydraulic parameterization of a layered soil profile by using a conventional unsteady drainage experiment leading to field capacity. The flux-based field capacity criterion is attained by subjecting the soil profile to a synthetic drainage process implemented numerically in the Soil-Water-Atmosphere-Plant (SWAP) model. The effective hydraulic parameterization is associated to either aggregated or equivalent parameters, the former being determined by the geometrical scaling theory while the latter is obtained through the inverse modeling approach. Outcomes from both these methods depend on information that is sometimes difficult to retrieve at local scale and rather challenging or virtually impossible at larger scales. The only knowledge of topsoil hydraulic properties, for example, as retrieved by a near-surface field campaign or a data assimilation technique, is often exploited as a proxy to determine effective soil hydraulic parameterization at the largest spatial scales. Comparisons of the effective soil hydraulic characterization provided by these three methods are conducted by discussing the implications for their use and accounting for the trade-offs between required input information and model output reliability. To better highlight the epistemic errors associated to the different effective soil hydraulic properties and to provide some more practical guidance, the layered soil profiles are then grouped by using the FAO textural classes. For the moderately heterogeneous soil profiles available, all three approaches guarantee a general good predictability of the actual field capacity values and provide adequate identification of the effective hydraulic parameters. Conversely, worse performances are encountered for the highly variable vertical heterogeneity, especially when resorting to the "topsoil-only" information. In general, the best performances are guaranteed by the equivalent parameters, which might be considered a reference for comparisons with other techniques. As might be expected, the information content of the soil hydraulic properties pertaining only to the uppermost soil horizon is rather inefficient and also not capable to map out the hydrologic behavior of the real vertical soil heterogeneity since the drainage process is significantly affected by profile layering in almost all cases.

  1. Towards high resolution soil property maps for Austria

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    Schürz, Christoph; Klotz, Daniel; Herrnegger, Mathew; Schulz, Karsten

    2015-04-01

    Soil hydraulic properties, such as soil texture, soil water retention characteristics, hydraulic conductivity, or soil depth are important inputs for hydrologic catchment modelling. However, the availability of such data in Austria is often insufficient to fulfill requirements of well-established hydrological models. Either, soil data is available in sufficient spatial resolution but only covers a small extent of the considered area, or the data is comprehensive but rather coarse in its spatial resolution. Furthermore, the level of detail and quality of the data differs between the available data sets. In order to generate a comprehensive soil data set for whole Austria that includes main soil physical properties, as well as soil depth and organic carbon content in a high spatial resolution (10x10 to 100x100m²) several available soil data bases are merged and harmonized. Starting point is a high resolution soil texture map that only covers agricultural areas and is available due to Austrian land appraisal. Soil physical properties for those areas are derived by applying pedotransfer functions (e.g. Saxton and Rawls, 2006) resulting in expectation values and quantiles of the respective property for each soil texture class. For agricultural areas where no texture information is available, the most likely soil texture is assigned applying a Bayesian network approach incorporating information such as elevation, soil slope, soil type, or hydro-geology at different spatial scales. Soil data for forested areas, that cover a large extent of the state territory, are rather sparse in Austria. For such areas a similar approach as for agricultural areas is applied by using a Bayesian network for prediction of the soil texture. Additionally, information to various soil parameters taken from literature is incorporated. For areas that are covered by land use different to agriculture or forestry, such as bare rock surfaces, or wetland areas, solely literature information is used to assign soil physical parameters to the soil data set. Soil depth is only available in a very coarse spatial resolution. By correlating this information with altitude and slope steepness, soil depth data is refined. An evaluation of the Bayesian network predictions will be performed within a cross-validation framework.

  2. HYDRAULIC REDISTRIBUTION OF SOIL WATER BY ROOTS IN FORESTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    EPA Science Inventory

    One aspect of structural complexity of forest canopies is the root system structure belowground, which influences patterns of soil water utilization by trees. Deeply rooted trees and other plants can hydraulically lift water via their roots from several m below the soil surface ...

  3. Measurement of soil saturated hydraulic conductivity: The method of constant pressure tubes

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Field method to measure the saturated soil hydraulic conductivity is presented that does not require expensive equipment and preserves natural water flow pathways that may be bloked during soil core sampling for laboratory measurements. Vegetation must be removed from the plot prior the measurement...

  4. The effect of mineral-ion interactions on soil hydraulic conductivity

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The reuse of winery wastewater (WW) for irrigation could provide an alternative water source for wine production. The shift of many wineries and other food processing industries to K+-based cleaners requires studies on the effects of K+ on soil hydraulic conductivity (HC). Soils of contrasting mine...

  5. Electrical-impedance spectroscopy of sedimentary rocks: prediction of hydraulic conductivity and soil water retention curves

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    Lesmes, D.

    2003-04-01

    The broadband electrical-impedance response of rocks and soils is a complex function of the pore solution chemistry, the sample microgeometry, and the surface chemical properties of the system. The conductivity and dielectric responses, which are obtained from impedance measurements, are also strong functions of the measurement frequency. The dispersion in the conductivity and dielectric responses is controlled by physiochemical polarization mechanisms that result in a broad distribution of relaxation times. To characterize the electrical properties of a sample fully requires that the impedance response be measured over a very wide range of frequencies so that the entire distribution of relaxation times can be captured. In this investigation, we invert broadband (1mHz to 1 MHz) electrical-impedance measurements made on a suite of eight sandstone samples for their relaxation time distributions. Assuming that the sandstones are composed of spherical grains surrounded by an electrochemical double-layer of charge, the relaxation time distribution can be transformed into an effective grain size distribution. This effective grain-size information can then be used to estimate the hydraulic conductivity and soil water retention properties (van Genuchten parameters) of the sandstone samples.

  6. Uncertainty analysis and validation of the estimation of effective hydraulic properties at the Darcy scale

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    Mesgouez, A.; Buis, S.; Ruy, S.; Lefeuve-Mesgouez, G.

    2014-05-01

    The determination of the hydraulic properties of heterogeneous soils or porous media remains challenging. In the present study, we focus on determining the effective properties of heterogeneous porous media at the Darcy scale with an analysis of their uncertainties. Preliminary, experimental measurements of the hydraulic properties of each component of the heterogeneous medium are obtained. The properties of the effective medium, representing an equivalent homogeneous material, are determined numerically by simulating a water flow in a three-dimensional representation of the heterogeneous medium, under steady-state scenarios and using its component properties. One of the major aspects of this study is to take into account the uncertainties of these properties in the computation and evaluation of the effective properties. This is done using a bootstrap method. Numerical evaporation experiments are conducted both on the heterogeneous and on the effective homogeneous materials to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed approach. First, the impact of the uncertainties of the component properties on the simulated water matric potential is found to be high for the heterogeneous material configuration. Second, it is shown that the strategy developed herein leads to a reduction of this impact. Finally, the adequacy between the mean of the simulations for the two configurations confirms the suitability of the homogenization approach, even in the case of dynamic scenarios. Although it is applied to green roof substrates, a two-component media composed of bark compost and pozzolan used in the construction of buildings, the methodology proposed in this study is generic.

  7. Impacts of an integrated crop-livestock system on soil properties to enhance precipitation capture

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Cropping/Livestock systems alter soil properties that are important in enhancing capture of precipitation by developing and maintaining water infiltration and storage. In this paper we will relate soil hydraulic conductivity and other physical properties on managed Old World Bluestem grassland, whea...

  8. Tillage effects on physical properties in two soils of the Northern Great Plains

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Tillage practices profoundly affect soil physical and hydraulic properties. It is essential to select a tillage practice that sustains the soil physical properties required for successful growth of agricultural crops. We evaluated the effects of conventional (CT) and strip (ST) tillage practices on ...

  9. Effect of physical property of supporting media and variable hydraulic loading on hydraulic characteristics of advanced onsite wastewater treatment system.

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    Sharma, Meena Kumari; Kazmi, Absar Ahmad

    2015-01-01

    A laboratory-scale study was carried out to investigate the effects of physical properties of the supporting media and variable hydraulic shock loads on the hydraulic characteristics of an advanced onsite wastewater treatment system. The system consisted of two upflow anaerobic reactors (a septic tank and an anaerobic filter) accommodated within a single unit. The study was divided into three phases on the basis of three different supporting media (Aqwise carriers, corrugated ring and baked clay) used in the anaerobic filter. Hydraulic loadings were based on peak flow factor (PFF), varying from one to six, to simulate the actual conditions during onsite wastewater treatment. Hydraulic characteristics of the system were identified on the basis of residence time distribution analyses. The system showed a very good hydraulic efficiency, between 0.86 and 0.93, with the media of highest porosity at the hydraulic loading of PFF≤4. At the higher hydraulic loading of PFF 6 also, an appreciable hydraulic efficiency of 0.74 was observed. The system also showed good chemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids removal efficiency of 80.5% and 82.3%, respectively at the higher hydraulic loading of PFF 6. Plug-flow dispersion model was found to be the most appropriate one to describe the mixing pattern of the system, with different supporting media at variable loading, during the tracer study. PMID:25428652

  10. Variability of matric potential measurements in evaporation experiments and its influence on the derived hydraulic properties

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    Spieckermann, Mathias; Scharnagl, Benedikt; Pertassek, Thomas; von Unold, Georg; Durner, Wolfgang

    2014-05-01

    The simplified evaporation method according to Schindler (1980) is an attractive method for determining hydraulic properties (retention curve and the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity) of a soil sample. In this method, a saturated sample is subject to evaporation, and the temporal course of matric potentials in the core is related to its water content loss by evaporation. Measurement and analysis are automated in the form of the commercially available product HYPROP© (UMS GmbH, Munich). The method and its implementation in the HYPROP system have shown to give accurate and reliable results with a minimum of effort and time required. In the HYPROP system, matric potentials are recorded in two planes of a soil sample by vertically installed tensiometers. The aim of this study was to experimentally investigate how representative and robust the matric potential readings at individual horizontal locations within a depth layer are, and how possible differences in matric potentials at different positions within a depth layer affect the calculated hydraulic soil properties. An additional aim was to verify whether vertically installed tensiometers give identical results to the traditionally horizontally installed tensiometers. The investigations took place in a system called BIG-HYPROP. In principle, it follows the same setup as the standard HYPROP system, but differs with respect to the soil sample size and the number of tensiometers. Whereas standard HYPROP cores are 5 cm high and 8 cm wide (250 cm³), BIG-HYPROP cores have a diameter of 24.5 cm and a height of 10 cm (4714 cm³). Five pairs of tensiometers were positioned in depths of 2.5 cm and 7.5 cm, three of them aligned vertically, and two horizontally. Additionally, temperature was measured at the bottom and in the depths 2 cm, 4 cm, 6 cm, 8 cm as well as directly at the surface. The scatter of the measured matric potentials during stage-1 evaporation was found to be very small (cv <3%). For sand, the scattering significantly increased during the transition from stage-1 to stage-2 evaporation (t = 30 h), reaching its maximum at the end of the measurement (cv = 6% to 8%). Despite differences in the tensiometer readings, the calculated hydraulic functions are very similar and associated only with very small uncertainties. The horizontally and vertically aligned tensiometers showed no systematic differences. We conclude that matric potentials measured with individual tensiometers can be reliably regarded as representative for the measurement plane. The increasing scattering of the upper tensiometers during stage-2 evaporation had a negligible effect on the identified hydraulic functions. The orientation of the tensiometers had no influence on the measured values.

  11. Water retention, hydraulic conductivity of hydrophilic polymers in sandy soil as affected by temperature and water quality

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    Andry, H.; Yamamoto, T.; Irie, T.; Moritani, S.; Inoue, M.; Fujiyama, H.

    2009-06-01

    SummaryHydrophilic polymers can swell by absorbing huge volumes of water or aqueous solutions. This property has led to many practical applications of these new materials, particularly in arid regions for improving water retention in sandy soils and the water supply to plants grown on them. The effects of two hydrophilic polymers, carboxymethylcellulose (RF) and isopropyl acrylamide (BF) on the water holding capacity and saturated hydraulic conductivity ( KS) of a sandy soil at varying soil temperature and water quality were evaluated. The RF was less efficient in absorbing water than BF, but the efficiency of BF in retaining water was negatively affected by its thermo-sensitivity and the quality of water. The temperature dependence of the water absorption was not clear for the soils treated with RF, whereas, the efficiency of BF treatment in absorbing water decreased significantly ( P < 0.05) with increasing soil temperature. The dependence of the KS on soil temperature differed with the type of hydrophilic polymer used. The KS of the control soil remained nearly constant as the soil temperature increased. The KS of the BF treated soil increased significantly ( P < 0.05) and linearly with increasing soil temperature, while that of soil treated with RF showed a quadratic response. The soil-absorbent mixtures exhibited different water retention characteristics under different soil temperature conditions. The increase in soil temperature did not affect the water retention characteristics curve of the control. The effect of soil temperature on the water potential curve of the soil treated with RF was not clear particularly when the temperature increased from 25 to 35 °C. The water potential curve for soil-BF mixtures showed that the water content value at field capacity shifted from 0.21 to 0.10 cm 3 cm -3 for 0.1% and from 0.27 to 0.12 cm 3 cm -3 for 0.2%, as the soil temperature increased from 15 to 35 °C. This implies that the soil-BF absorbent mixtures would release some moisture as the soil temperature would increase from 15 to 35 °C, and this water could be lost by percolation or taken up by plant. It was found that available water content increased up to four times with RF as compared to control soil whereas it increased up to five times with BF treatment. At high temperature, the difference was much reduced except for RF at 0.2%. This understanding of the characteristics of the absorbents and the interactions among absorbents, soil, and temperature would be of help in water management in sandy soil.

  12. Chloride transport in layered soil systems with hydraulic trap effect.

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    Badv, K; Mahooti, A A

    2005-08-01

    The natural and engineered hydraulic trap systems in sanitary-engineered solid waste landfills were investigated using three layer one dimensional laboratory models. The models consisted of a top reservoir containing a sodium chloride source solution, a compacted upper silt layer as a primary liner, a coarse sand layer as a secondary leachate collection system or a hydraulic control layer, a compacted lower silt layer as a secondary liner, and a bottom water reservoir as a groundwater aquifer. In the first test, the natural hydraulic trap system (upward flow through the lower silt layer) was modeled. In this case, the contaminant transport mechanisms through the upper silt layer were downward advection and diffusion, and through the lower silt layer, diffusion was downward and advection was upward. The results showed that the implementation of the natural hydraulic control system could effectively reduce chloride transport to the bottom reservoir. In the second test, the natural and engineering hydraulic trap systems were simulated (upward flow from the bottom reservoir to the upper reservoir). In the third test, the engineered hydraulic trap system (downward flow through the upper silt layer and upward flow through the lower silt layer) was modeled. The results showed that the natural and engineered hydraulic trap systems have an important effect in reducing chloride migration toward the underlying aquifer. In all experiments the chloride concentrations in the silt and coarse sand layers and top and bottom reservoirs were measured and the observed concentrations were compared with concentrations calculated by a theoretical model. A good agreement was obtained between the observed and theoretical data confirming the acceptable accuracy of the experimental methodologies, observations, and the theoretical model. PMID:16128387

  13. Papermill biosolids effect on soil physical and chemical properties.

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    Price, G W; Voroney, R P

    2007-01-01

    Papermill biosolids (PB) can provide multiple benefits to the soil system. The purpose of this study was to quantify the effects of a high C/N ratio (C/N = 100) de-inked PB on soil physical and chemical properties, including soil bulk density, infiltration rates, wet aggregate stability, total soil carbon, and heavy metal concentrations. Four rates of PB (0, 50, 100, and 150 Mg ha(-1)) were applied annually, for up to 3 yr, on four agricultural soils in Ontario, Canada. Decreases in soil bulk density between 0.27 and 0.35 g cm(-3), relative to the nonamended treatment, were observed in soils receiving PB treatments over 3 yr. Total soil carbon increased within 1 yr on PB-amended soils planted to soybeans but not on soils planted to corn. Hydraulic conductivities (K fs) were greater in all soils receiving PB amendments relative to the nonamended treatment throughout the study. Other properties measured, such as pH and electrical conductivity, were relatively unchanged after 2 yr of PB applications. While some increases in heavy metal accumulation occurred, there were no clear trends observed at any of the sites related to PB rates. The results of this study provide support to the idea that annual applications of PB can add significantly to the stability of soil structure. PMID:17940271

  14. Estimating biozone hydraulic conductivity in wastewater soil-infiltration systems using inverse numerical modeling.

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    Bumgarner, Johnathan R; McCray, John E

    2007-06-01

    During operation of an onsite wastewater treatment system, a low-permeability biozone develops at the infiltrative surface (IS) during application of wastewater to soil. Inverse numerical-model simulations were used to estimate the biozone saturated hydraulic conductivity (K(biozone)) under variably saturated conditions for 29 wastewater infiltration test cells installed in a sandy loam field soil. Test cells employed two loading rates (4 and 8cm/day) and 3 IS designs: open chamber, gravel, and synthetic bundles. The ratio of K(biozone) to the saturated hydraulic conductivity of the natural soil (K(s)) was used to quantify the reductions in the IS hydraulic conductivity. A smaller value of K(biozone)/K(s,) reflects a greater reduction in hydraulic conductivity. The IS hydraulic conductivity was reduced by 1-3 orders of magnitude. The reduction in IS hydraulic conductivity was primarily influenced by wastewater loading rate and IS type and not by the K(s) of the native soil. The higher loading rate yielded greater reductions in IS hydraulic conductivity than the lower loading rate for bundle and gravel cells, but the difference was not statistically significant for chamber cells. Bundle and gravel cells exhibited a greater reduction in IS hydraulic conductivity than chamber cells at the higher loading rates, while the difference between gravel and bundle systems was not statistically significant. At the lower rate, bundle cells exhibited generally lower K(biozone)/K(s) values, but not at a statistically significant level, while gravel and chamber cells were statistically similar. Gravel cells exhibited the greatest variability in measured values, which may complicate design efforts based on K(biozone) evaluations for these systems. These results suggest that chamber systems may provide for a more robust design, particularly for high or variable wastewater infiltration rates. PMID:17449084

  15. Hydrology and Hydraulic Properties of a Bedded Evaporite Formation

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    BEAUHEIM,RICHARD L.; ROBERTS,RANDALL M.

    2000-11-27

    The Permian Salado Formation in the Delaware Basin of New Mexico is an extensively studied evaporite deposit because it is the host formation for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a repository for transuranic wastes. Geologic and hydrologic studies of the Salado conducted since the mid-1970's have led to the development of a conceptual model of the hydrogeology of the formation that involves far-field permeability in anhydrite layers and at least some impure halite layers. Pure halite layers and some impure halite layers may not possess an interconnected pore network adequate to provide permeability. Pore pressures are probably very close to lithostatic pressure. In the near field around an excavation, dilation, creep, and shear have created and/or enhanced permeability and decreased pore pressure. Whether flow occurs in the far field under natural gradients or only after some threshold gradient is reached is unknown. If far-field flow does occur, mean pore velocities are probably on the order of a meter per hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of years. Flow dimensions inferred from most hydraulic-test responses are subradial, which is believed to reflect channeling of flow through fracture networks, or portions of fractures, that occupy a diminishing proportion of the radially available space, or through percolation networks that are not ''saturated'' (fully interconnected). This is probably related to the directional nature of the permeability created or enhanced by excavation effects. Inferred values of permeability cannot be separated from their associated flow dimensions. Therefore, numerical models of flow and transport should include heterogeneity that is structured to provide the same flow dimensions as are observed in hydraulic tests. Modeling of the Salado Formation around the WIPP repository should also include coupling between hydraulic properties and the evolving stress field because hydraulic properties change as the stress field changes.

  16. A topography-based scaling algorithm for soil hydraulic parameters at hillslope scales: Field testing

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    Jana, Raghavendra B.; Mohanty, Binayak P.

    2012-02-01

    Soil hydraulic parameters were upscaled from a 30 m resolution to a 1 km resolution using a new aggregation scheme (described in the companion paper) where the scale parameter was based on the topography. When soil hydraulic parameter aggregation or upscaling schemes ignore the effect of topography, their application becomes limited at hillslope scales and beyond, where topography plays a dominant role in soil deposition and formation. Hence the new upscaling algorithm was tested at the hillslope scale (1 km) across two locations: (1) the Little Washita watershed in Oklahoma, and (2) the Walnut Creek watershed in Iowa. The watersheds were divided into pixels of 1 km resolution and the effective soil hydraulic parameters obtained for each pixel. Each pixel/domain was then simulated using the physically based HYDRUS-3-D modeling platform. In order to account for the surface (runoff/on) and subsurface fluxes between pixels, an algorithm to route infiltration-excess runoff onto downstream pixels at daily time steps and to update the soil moisture states of the downstream pixels was applied. Simulated soil moisture states were compared across scales, and the coarse scale values compared against the airborne soil moisture data products obtained during the hydrology experiment field campaign periods (SGP97 and SMEX02) for selected pixels with different topographic complexities, soil distributions, and land cover. Results from these comparisons show good correlations between simulated and observed soil moisture states across time, topographic variations, location, elevation, and land cover. Stream discharge comparisons made at two gauging stations in the Little Washita watershed also provide reasonably good results as to the suitability of the upscaling algorithm used. Based only on the topography of the domain, the new upscaling algorithm was able to provide coarse resolution values for soil hydraulic parameters which effectively captured the variations in soil moisture across the watershed domains.

  17. Application of Multitemporal Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture for the Estimation of Soil Physical Properties

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    Mattikalli, N. M.; Engman, E. T.; Jackson, T. J.; Ahuja, L. R.

    1997-01-01

    This paper demonstrates the use of multitemporal soil moisture derived from microwave remote sensing to estimate soil physical properties. The passive microwave ESTAR instrument was employed during June 10-18, 1992, to obtain brightness temperature (TB) and surface soil moisture data in the Little Washita watershed, Oklahoma. Analyses of spatial and temporal variations of TB and soil moisture during the dry-down period revealed a direct relationship between changes in T and soil moisture and soil physical (viz. texture) and hydraulic (viz. saturated hydraulic conductivity, K(sat)) properties. Statistically significant regression relationships were developed for the ratio of percent sand to percent clay (RSC) and K(sat), in terms of change components of TB and surface soil moisture. Validation of results using field measured values and soil texture map indicated that both RSC and K(sat) can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. These findings have potential applications of microwave remote sensing to obtain quick estimates of the spatial distributions of K(sat), over large areas for input parameterization of hydrologic models.

  18. Analysing the Information Content of Point Measurements of the Soil Hydraulic State Variables by Global Sensitivity Analysis and Multiobjective Parameter Estimation

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    Werisch, Stefan; Lennartz, Franz; Schtze, Niels

    2015-04-01

    Inverse modeling has become a common approach to infer the parameters of the water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions from observations of the vadose zone state variables during dynamic experiments under varying boundary conditions. This study focuses on the estimation and investigation of the feasibility of effective soil hydraulic properties to describe the soil water flow in an undisturbed 1m lysimeter. The lysimeter is equipped with 6 one-dimensional observation arrays consisting of 4 tensiometers and 4 water content probes each, leading to 6 replicated one-dimensional observations which establish the calibration data base. Methods of global sensitivity analysis and multiobjective calibration strategies have been applied to examine the information content about the soil hydraulic parameters of the Mualem-van Genuchten (MvG) model contained in the individual data sets, to assess the tradeoffs between the different calibration data sets and to infer effective soil hydraulic properties for each of the arrays. The results show that (1) information about the MvG model parameters decreases with increasing depth, due to effects of overlapping soil layers and reduced soil water dynamics, (2) parameter uncertainty is affected by correlation between the individual parameters. Despite these difficulties, (3) effective one-dimensional parameter sets, which produce satisfying fits and have acceptable trade-offs, can be identified for all arrays, but (4) the array specific parameter sets vary significantly and cannot be transferred to simulate the water flow in other arrays, and (5) none of the parameter sets is suitable to simulate the integral water flow within the lysimeter. The results of the study challenge the feasibility of the inversely estimated soil hydraulic properties from multiple point measurements of the soil hydraulic state variables. Relying only on point measurements inverse modeling can lead to promising results regarding the observations, while the model fails to simulate the integral soil water flow, which is hidden from the modeler. This underlines the need for more integral observation techniques in order to be able to estimate representative and robust effective soil hydraulic properties.

  19. Analysing the Information Content of Point Measurements of the Vadose Zone State Variables for the Inverse Estimation of Soil Hydraulic Parameters

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    Werisch, S.; Lennartz, F.

    2014-12-01

    Inverse modeling has become a common approach to infer the parameters of the water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions from observations of the vadose zone state variables during dynamic experiments under varying boundary conditions. This study focuses on the estimation and investigation of the feasibility of effective soil hydraulic properties to describe the soil water flow in an undisturbed 1m lysimeter. The lysimeter is equipped with 6 one-dimensional observation arrays consisting of 4 tensiometers and 4 water content probes each, leading to 6 replicated one-dimensional observations which establish the calibration data base. Methods of global sensitivity analysis and multiobjective calibration strategies have been applied to examine the information content about the soil hydraulic parameters of the Mualem-van Genuchten (MvG) model contained in the individual data sets, to assess the tradeoffs between the different calibration data sets and to infer effective soil hydraulic properties for each of the arrays. The results show that (1) information about the MvG model parameters decreases with increasing depth, due to effects of overlapping soil layers and reduced soil water dynamics, (2) parameter uncertainty is affected by correlation between the individual parameters. Despite these difficulties, (3) effective one-dimensional parameter sets, which produce satisfying fits and have acceptable trade-offs, can be identified for all arrays, but (4) the array specific parameter sets vary significantly and cannot be transferred to simulate the water flow in other arrays, and (5) none of the parameter sets is suitable to simulate the integral water flow within the lysimeter. The results of the study challenge the feasibility of the inversely estimated soil hydraulic properties from multiple point measurements of the soil hydraulic state variables. Relying only on point measurements of the state variables, which is the usual case, inverse modeling can lead to promising results regarding the observations, while the model fails to simulate the integral soil water flow, which is hidden from the modeler. This underlines the need for more integral observation techniques in order to be able to estimate representative and robust effective soil hydraulic properties.

  20. Estimation of evaporation fluxes and soil hydraulic parameters by combining an Ensemble Kalman Filter with an inversion

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    Bauser, Hannes; Jaumann, Stefan; Roth, Kurt

    2014-05-01

    Hydrologic modeling of unsaturated soils faces the challenge of uncertainties in the hydraulic states, the measurements, the applied initial and boundary conditions and in the description of the mathematical model itself. To combine the available but incomplete information into a consistent model, data assimilation techniques, such as the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) introduced by Evensen [1994], found increasing popularity because of their ability to assess both the hydraulic states and the material properties simultaneoulsy, accounting for these uncertainties. Especially the determination of the evaporation from the soil surface is highly inaccurate. Thus we investigate the suitability of the EnKF to estimate the evaporative boundary forcing on the basis of a subsurface Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) time series. In this study we use the software muphi (Ippisch et al. [2006]) to solve the Richards equation in a 1D soil profile. The EnKF is applied for the state estimation of the water content. Additionally, the information gained during the analysis step of the EnKF is used to correct the evaporation. In combination with an inversion using fitphi (Ippisch et al. [2006]) for parameter estimation, evaporation and parameters are improved in an iterative way. We demonstrated the successful operation of the algorithm on a synthetic test case with water contents measured in different depths. We also showed that the uniqueness of the parameter set describing the observations depends on the width of the hydraulic states measured.

  1. Using boosted regression trees to predict the near-saturated hydraulic conductivity of undisturbed soils

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    Koestel, John; Bechtold, Michel; Jorda, Helena; Jarvis, Nicholas

    2015-04-01

    The saturated and near-saturated hydraulic conductivity of soil is of key importance for modelling water and solute fluxes in the vadose zone. Hydraulic conductivity measurements are cumbersome at the Darcy scale and practically impossible at larger scales where water and solute transport models are mostly applied. Hydraulic conductivity must therefore be estimated from proxy variables. Such pedotransfer functions are known to work decently well for e.g. water retention curves but rather poorly for near-saturated and saturated hydraulic conductivities. Recently, Weynants et al. (2009, Revisiting Vereecken pedotransfer functions: Introducing a closed-form hydraulic model. Vadose Zone Journal, 8, 86-95) reported a coefficients of determination of 0.25 (validation with an independent data set) for the saturated hydraulic conductivity from lab-measurements of Belgian soil samples. In our study, we trained boosted regression trees on a global meta-database containing tension-disk infiltrometer data (see Jarvis et al. 2013. Influence of soil, land use and climatic factors on the hydraulic conductivity of soil. Hydrology & Earth System Sciences, 17, 5185-5195) to predict the saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) and the conductivity at a tension of 10 cm (K10). We found coefficients of determination of 0.39 and 0.62 under a simple 10-fold cross-validation for Ks and K10. When carrying out the validation folded over the data-sources, i.e. the source publications, we found that the corresponding coefficients of determination reduced to 0.15 and 0.36, respectively. We conclude that the stricter source-wise cross-validation should be applied in future pedotransfer studies to prevent overly optimistic validation results. The boosted regression trees also allowed for an investigation of relevant predictors for estimating the near-saturated hydraulic conductivity. We found that land use and bulk density were most important to predict Ks. We also observed that Ks is large in fine and coarse textured soils and smaller in medium textured soils. Completely different predictors were important for appraising K10, where the soil macropore system is air-filled and therefore inactive. Here, the average annual temperature and precipitation where most important. The reasons for this are unclear and require further research. The clay content and the organic matter content were also important predictors of K10. We suggest that a larger and more complete database may help to improve the prediction of K10, whereas it may be more fruitful to estimate Ks statistics of sampling sites instead of individual values since the Ks is highly variable over very short distances.

  2. Sask method for testing hydraulic conductivity of soils by flat dilatometer (dmt)

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    Garbulewski, Kazimierz; Żakowicz, Stanisław; Rabarijoely, Simon; Łada, Anna

    2012-10-01

    DMT is one of the most popular methods of determining soil parameters needed to design a safe construction. Apart from the basic outcome parameter obtained from DMT measurements hydraulic conductivity (k) can be determined, previously proposed DMTA and DMTC methods were modified. The basic idea of the method is that the return of the deformed membrane is due to soil and water pressure. In the proposed SASK method the hydraulic conductivity of the soil is determined by measuring time-varying pressures A and C. Research has been performed at the experimental site of the Department of Geotechnical Engineering, WULS. In the paper, the assumptions of the new method for determining the hydraulic conductivity k are presented. The proposed method allows us to determine a reliable value for the hydraulic conductivity of clay soils. Using this method, the value of hydraulic conductivity (k = 5,47*10-11) is similar to the results of BAT, DMTA and laboratory measurements.

  3. Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture for Estimation of Soil Properties

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    Mattikalli, Nandish M.; Engman, Edwin T.; Jackson, Thomas J.

    1997-01-01

    Surface soil moisture dynamics was derived using microwave remote sensing, and employed to estimate soil physical and hydraulic properties. The L-band ESTAR radiometer was employed in an airborne campaign over the Little Washita watershed, Oklahoma during June 10-18, 1992. Brightness temperature (TB) data were employed in a soil moisture inversion algorithm which corrected for vegetation and soil effects. Analyses of spatial TB and soil moisture dynamics during the dry-down period revealed a direct relationship between changes in TB, soil moisture and soil texture. Extensive regression analyses were carried out which yielded statistically significant quantitative relationships between ratio of percent sand to percent clay (RSC, a term derived to quantify soil texture) and saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) in terms of change components of TB and surface soil moisture. Validation of results indicated that both RSC and Ksat can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. These findings have potential applications for deriving spatial distributions of RSC and Ksat over large areas.

  4. Use of field and laboratory methods for estimating unsaturated hydraulic properties under different land-use

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    Siltecho, S.; Hammecker, C.; Sriboonlue, V.; Clermont-Dauphin, C.; Trelo-ges, V.; Antonino, A. C. D.; Angulo-Jaramillo, R.

    2014-06-01

    Adequate water management is required to improve the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural systems when water is scarce or over-abundant, especially in the case of land-use changes. In order to quantify, to predict and eventually to control water and solute transport into soil, soil hydraulic properties need to be determined precisely. As their determination is often tedious, expensive and time-consuming, many alternative field and laboratory techniques are now available. The aim of this study was to determine unsaturated soil hydraulic properties under different land-uses and to compare the results obtained with different measurement methods (Beerkan, Disk infiltrometer, Evaporation, pedotransfer function). The study has been realised on a tropical sandy soil in a mini watershed in NE Thailand. The experimental plots were positioned in a rubber tree plantation in different positions along a slope, in ruzi grass pasture and in an original forest site. Non parametric statistics demonstrated that van Genuchten unsaturated soil parameters (Ks, α and n), were significantly different according to the measurement methods employed whereas location was not a significant discriminating factor when all methods were considered together. However within each method, parameters n and α were statistically different according to the sites. These parameters were used with Hydrus1D for a one year simulation and computed pressure head did not show noticeable differences for the various sets of parameters, highlighting the fact that for modelling, any of these measurement method could be employed. The choice of the measurement method would therefore be motivated by the simplicity, robustness and its low cost.

  5. Use of field and laboratory methods for estimating unsaturated hydraulic properties under different land uses

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    Siltecho, S.; Hammecker, C.; Sriboonlue, V.; Clermont-Dauphin, C.; Trelo-ges, V.; Antonino, A. C. D.; Angulo-Jaramillo, R.

    2015-03-01

    Adequate water management is required to improve the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural systems when water is scarce or over-abundant, especially in the case of land use changes. In order to quantify, to predict and eventually to control water and solute transport into soil, soil hydraulic properties need to be determined precisely. As their determination is often tedious, expensive and time-consuming, many alternative field and laboratory techniques are now available. The aim of this study was to determine unsaturated soil hydraulic properties under different land uses and to compare the results obtained with different measurement methods (Beerkan, disc infiltrometer, evaporation, pedotransfer function). The study has been realized on a tropical sandy soil in a mini-watershed in northeastern Thailand. The experimental plots were positioned in a rubber tree plantation in different positions along a slope, in ruzi grass pasture and in an original forest site. Non-parametric statistics demonstrated that van Genuchten unsaturated soil parameters (Ks, α and n) were significantly different according to the measurement methods employed, whereas the land use was not a significant discriminating factor when all methods were considered together. However, within each method, parameters n and α were statistically different according to the sites. These parameters were used with Hydrus1D for a 1-year simulation and computed pressure head did not show noticeable differences for the various sets of parameters, highlighting the fact that for modeling, any of these measurement methods could be employed. The choice of the measurement method would therefore be motivated by the simplicity, robustness and its low cost.

  6. Hydraulic redistribution of soil water during summer drought in two contrasting Pacific Northwest coniferous forests.

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    Brooks, J Renée; Meinzer, Frederick C; Coulombe, Rob; Gregg, Jillian

    2002-11-01

    The magnitude of hydraulic redistribution of soil water by roots and its impact on soil water balance were estimated by monitoring time courses of soil water status at multiple depths and root sap flow under drought conditions in a dry ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Dougl. ex Laws) ecosystem and in a moist Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) ecosystem. The fate of deuterated water applied to small plots to create a strong horizontal soil water potential gradient was also monitored to assess the potential for horizontal redistribution of water and utilization of redistributed water by co-occurring shallow-rooted plants. In a 20-year-old Douglas-fir stand, approximately 28% of the water removed daily from the upper 2 m of soil was replaced by nocturnal hydraulic redistribution during late August. In an old-growth ponderosa pine stand, approximately 35% of the total daily water utilization from the upper 2 m of soil appeared to be replaced by hydraulic redistribution during July and August. By late September, hydraulic redistribution in the ponderosa pine stand was no longer apparent, even though total water use from the upper 2 m of soil was nearly identical to that observed earlier. Based on these results, hydraulic redistribution would allow 21 and 16 additional days of stored water to remain in the upper soil horizons in the ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir stands, respectively, after a 60-day drought. At both sites, localized applications of deuterated water induced strong reversal of root sap flow and caused soil water content to cease declining or even temporarily increase at locations too distant from the site of water application to have been influenced by movement of water through the soil without facilitation by roots. Xylem water deuterium values of ponderosa pine seedlings suggested utilization of redistributed water. Therefore, hydraulic redistribution may enhance seedling survival and maintain overstory transpiration during summer drought. These first approximations of the extent of hydraulic redistribution in these ecosystems suggest that it is likely to be an important process in both wet and dry forests of the Pacific Northwest. PMID:12414370

  7. Mechanical and hydraulic properties of rocks related to induced seismicity

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    Witherspoon, P.A.; Gale, J.E.

    1977-01-01

    Witherspoon, P.A. and Gale, J.E., 1977. Mechanical and hydraulic properties of rocks related to induced seismicity. Eng. Geol., 11(1): 23-55. The mechanical and hydraulic properties of fractured rocks are considered with regard to the role they play in induced seismicity. In many cases, the mechanical properties of fractures determine the stability of a rock mass. The problems of sampling and testing these rock discontinuities and interpreting their non-linear behavior are reviewed. Stick slip has been proposed as the failure mechanism in earthquake events. Because of the complex interactions that are inherent in the mechanical behavior of fractured rocks, there seems to be no simple way to combine the deformation characteristics of several sets of fractures when there are significant perturbations of existing conditions. Thus, the more important fractures must be treated as individual components in the rock mass. In considering the hydraulic properties, it has been customary to treat a fracture as a parallel-plate conduit and a number of mathematical models of fracture systems have adopted this approach. Non-steady flow in fractured systems has usually been based on a two-porosity model, which assumes the primary (intergranular) porosity contributes only to storage and the secondary (fracture) porosity contributes only to the overall conductivity. Using such a model, it has been found that the time required to achieve quasi-steady state flow in a fractured reservoir is one or two orders of magnitude greater than it is in a homogeneous system. In essentially all of this work, the assumption has generally been made that the fractures are rigid. However, it is clear from a review of the mechanical and hydraulic properties that not only are fractures easily deformed but they constitute the main flow paths in many rock masses. This means that one must consider the interaction of mechanical and hydraulic effects. A considerable amount of laboratory and field data is now available that clearly demonstrates this stress-flow behavior. Two approaches have been used in attempting to numerically model such behavior: (1) continuum models, and (2) discrete models. The continuum approach only needs information as to average values of fracture spacing and material properties. But because of the inherent complexity of fractured rock masses and the corresponding decrease in symmetry, it is difficult to develop an equivalent continuum that will simulate the behavior of the entire system. The discrete approach, on the other hand, requires details of the fracture geometry and material properties of both fractures and rock matrix. The difficulty in obtaining such information has been considered a serious limitation of discrete models, but improved borehole techniques can enable one to obtain the necessary data, at least in shallow systems. The possibility of extending these methods to deeper fracture systems needs more investigation. Such data must be considered when deciding whether to use a continuum or discrete model to represent the interaction of rock and fluid forces in a fractured rock system, especially with regard to the problem of induced seismicity. When one is attempting to alter the pressure distribution in a fault zone by injection or withdrawal of fluids, the extent to which this can be achieved will be controlled in large measure by the behavior of the fractures that communicate with the borehole. Since this is essentially a point phenomenon, i.e., the changes will propagate from a relatively small region around the borehole, the use of a discrete model would appear to be preferable. ?? 1977.

  8. Relationships between soil erosion risk, soil use and soil properties in Mediterranean areas. A comparative study of three typical sceneries

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    Gil, Juan; Priego-Navas, Mercedes; Zavala, Lorena M.; Jordán, Antonio

    2013-04-01

    Generally, literature shows that the high variability of rainfall-induced soil erosion is related to climatic differences, relief, soil properties and land use. Very different runoff rates and soil loss values have been reported in Mediterranean cropped soils depending on soil management practices, but also in soils under natural vegetation types. OBJECTIVES The aim of this research is to study the relationships between soil erosion risk, soil use and soil properties in three typical Mediterranean areas from southern Spain: olive groves under conventional tillage, minimum tillage and no-till practices, and soils under natural vegetation. METHODS Rainfall simulation experiments have been carried out in order to assess the relationship between soil erosion risk, land use, soil management and soil properties in olive-cropped soils under different types of management and soils under natural vegetation type from Mediterranean areas in southern Spain RESULTS Results show that mean runoff rates decrease from 35% in olive grove soils under conventional tillage to 25% in olive (Olea europaea) grove soils with minimum tillage or no-till practices, and slightly over 22% in soils under natural vegetation. Moreover, considering the different vegetation types, runoff rates vary in a wide range, although runoff rates from soils under holm oak (Quercus rotundifolia), 25.70%, and marginal olive groves , 25.31%, are not significantly different. Results from soils under natural vegetation show that the properties and nature of the organic residues play a role in runoff characteristics, as runoff rates above 50% were observed in less than 10% of the rainfall simulations performed on soils with a organic layer. In contrast, more than half of runoff rates from bare soils reached or surpassed 50%. Quantitatively, average values for runoff water losses increase up to 2.5 times in unprotected soils. This is a key issue in the study area, where mean annual rainfall is above 600 mm. Regarding soil properties, the analysis shows that organic matter from soils under minimum tillage or no-till is strongly related with runoff, the amount of sediments in runoff and soil loss. In soils from olive groves, the amount of sediments in runoff was significantly related to soil pH. Moreover, for olive-cropped soils under conventional tillage, soil loss is strongly related with clayey texture, which is characteristic of these soils. Concerning this, the relationship between soil loss and coarse sand contents is highly significant, and shows that medium-sized soil particles are most prone to detachment and transport by runoff. Thus, the average content of these fractions in soils under conventional management is more than two times that from olive groves under minimal or no tillage, which are more coarsely textured. In fine-textured soils, hydraulic conductivity is reduced, thus increasing soil erosion risk. In addition, in sandy and silty soils with low clay content, infiltration rates are high even when soil sealing is observed. At the scale of this experiment, runoff generation and soil erosion risk decrease significantly in areas under natural vegetation, with lower clay contents

  9. Soil Physical Properties Modulate the Effects of Climate Variability on Aboveground Productivity in a Semiarid Rangeland

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    Rasmussen, C.; Crimmins, M.; Schaap, M.; van Leeuwen, W.

    2008-12-01

    Accurate characterization of soil-water variability and its relation to ecosystem primary productivity are critical to understanding ecosystem response to climate change. We hypothesized that soil development modulates climate variability and controls primary productivity through control of soil-water availability, residence time, and temporal variation. This hypothesis was tested in a semiarid rangeland in the US Southwest by coupling a high temporal resolution meteorological and soil-water dataset from Holocene and Pleistocene aged soils with remotely sensed metrics of aboveground productivity. Holocene and Pleistocene soils varied significantly in soil physical properties such as clay and organic matter content and bulk density. A multi-year time series of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data indicated distinct patterns in aboveground production by landscape age; both the start of growing season and peak NDVI values of Pleistocene soils lagged behind Holocene soils. In addition, Pleistocene soil aboveground biomass productivity was roughly 75% that of Holocene soils. The link between soil-water and NDVI was carried out using simulations of root water uptake in HYDRUS-1D. Soil hydraulic properties were generated with Rosetta and HYDRUS simulations provisionally matched to observed soil-water contents. Pleistocene soils exhibited an order of magnitude lower saturated hydraulic conductivity as well as less potential soil-water availability, relative to Holocene soils. Plant transpiration estimated from HYDRUS demonstrated a high degree of correspondence to aboveground productivity patterns observed with integrated NDVI values for both soils. Correlations (R) between NDVI and modeled transpiration data were 0.79 and 0.89 for the Pleistocene and Holocene data, respectively, indicating a very strong correspondence between NDVI and soil-water status. These data indicate that variation in aboveground productivity with landscape age may be quantitatively linked to soil hydraulic properties and soil-water dynamics.

  10. Regional-scale variation and distribution patterns of soil saturated hydraulic conductivities in surface and subsurface layers in the loessial soils of China

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    Wang, Yunqiang; Shao, Ming'an; Liu, Zhipeng; Horton, Robert

    2013-04-01

    SummarySaturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) is an important soil property that shows a high degree of spatial heterogeneity. There is a lack of research that investigates and determines Ks at a regional scale, due to the challenges associated with the required intensive sampling. To determine the closely correlated factors affecting Ks at a regional scale and to then generate a regional distribution map of Ks, we selected 382 sampling sites across the Loess Plateau of China (620,000 km2) and collected undisturbed and disturbed soil samples from two soil layers (0-5 and 20-25 cm). We found that both surface Ks and subsurface Ks had log(base 10)-normal distributions, and demonstrated strong spatial variability (CV = 206% and 135%, respectively). Surface LogKs was most closely correlated with LogSand, LogSilt, LogSG (slope gradient), LogSSWC (saturated soil water content), vegetation coverage and land use; while subsurface LogKs was correlated with LogClay, SSWC, LogSG, LogAltitude, LogGY (growth year) and land use. Geostatistical analysis indicated that semivariograms of surface and subsurface Log Ks could be best fitted by an isotropic exponential model, with effective ranges of 204 km and 428 km, respectively. Distribution maps of Ks produced by kriging indicated a pronounced spatial pattern and demonstrated an obvious spatial depth gradient. The spatial distribution patterns of Ks at a regional scale in the loessial soils of China comprehensively reflected soil hydraulic properties and the combined effects of soil texture, vegetation, topography and human activities.

  11. Status Report for Remediation Decision Support Project, Task 1, Activity 1.B – Physical and Hydraulic Properties Database and Interpretation

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    Rockhold, Mark L.

    2008-09-26

    The objective of Activity 1.B of the Remediation Decision Support (RDS) Project is to compile all available physical and hydraulic property data for sediments from the Hanford Site, to port these data into the Hanford Environmental Information System (HEIS), and to make the data web-accessible to anyone on the Hanford Local Area Network via the so-called Virtual Library. In past years efforts were made by RDS project staff to compile all available physical and hydraulic property data for Hanford sediments and to transfer these data into SoilVision{reg_sign}, a commercial geotechnical software package designed for storing, analyzing, and manipulating soils data. Although SoilVision{reg_sign} has proven to be useful, its access and use restrictions have been recognized as a limitation to the effective use of the physical and hydraulic property databases by the broader group of potential users involved in Hanford waste site issues. In order to make these data more widely available and useable, a decision was made to port them to HEIS and to make them web-accessible via a Virtual Library module. In FY08 the objectives of Activity 1.B of the RDS Project were to: (1) ensure traceability and defensibility of all physical and hydraulic property data currently residing in the SoilVision{reg_sign} database maintained by PNNL, (2) transfer the physical and hydraulic property data from the Microsoft Access database files used by SoilVision{reg_sign} into HEIS, which has most recently been maintained by Fluor-Hanford, Inc., (3) develop a Virtual Library module for accessing these data from HEIS, and (4) write a User's Manual for the Virtual Library module. The development of the Virtual Library module was to be performed by a third party under subcontract to Fluor. The intent of these activities is to make the available physical and hydraulic property data more readily accessible and useable by technical staff and operable unit managers involved in waste site assessments and remedial action decisions for Hanford. This status report describes the history of this development effort and progress to date.

  12. Towards soil property retrieval from space: An application with disaggregated satellite observations

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    Bandara, Ranmalee; Walker, Jeffrey P.; Rüdiger, Christoph; Merlin, Olivier

    2015-03-01

    Soil moisture plays a key role in most environmental processes, as evaporation and transpiration are heavily dependent on soil moisture variability. While it is one of the few important hydrological variables that can be directly observed, the high spatial and temporal variability makes it difficult to measure globally or even regionally. Reliance is therefore placed on land surface models to predict the evolution of soil moisture using low-resolution soil property information or typical values. But to make predictions with the required accuracy, more reliable and detailed soil parameter data are required than those currently available. This paper demonstrates the ability to retrieve soil hydraulic parameters from near-surface measurements, using Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) observations disaggregated to 1 km resolution for a demonstration area the size of a single SMOS footprint. The disaggregated soil moisture product was first assessed against in-situ soil moisture observations, before testing the retrieval methodology using the disaggregated soil moisture data for individual soil columns co-located with three long-term monitoring sites in the Murrumbidgee Catchment. The retrieval methodology was then applied to the entire 40 km × 40 km demonstration area at 5 km spatial resolution. The results suggest that spatially variable soil hydraulic properties exist in the study area, while published soil texture maps show only a single soil type, meaning that a single set of soil hydraulic parameters would normally be used in soil moisture prediction models for this region. Use of a single set of soil hydraulic parameters, rather than the spatially variables ones, was estimated to have an approximate 0.06 m3/m3 impact on the soil moisture prediction.

  13. Hydrology and hydraulic properties of a bedded evaporite formation

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    Beauheim, Richard L.; Roberts, Randall M.

    2002-03-01

    The Permian Salado Formation in the Delaware Basin of New Mexico is an extensively studied evaporite deposit because it is the host formation for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a repository for transuranic wastes. Geologic and hydrologic studies of the Salado conducted since the mid-1970s have led to the development of a conceptual model of the hydrogeology of the formation that involves far-field (i.e. beyond the disturbance created by the repository) permeability in anhydrite layers and at least some impure halite layers. Pure halite layers and some impure halite layers may not possess an interconnected pore network adequate to provide permeability. Pore pressures are probably very close to lithostatic pressure. In the near field around an excavation, dilation, creep, and shear have created and/or enhanced permeability and decreased pore pressure. Whether flow occurs in the far field under natural gradients or only after some threshold gradient is reached is unknown. If far-field flow does occur, mean pore velocities are probably on the order of a meter per hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of years. Most hydraulic-test responses in the Salado do not appear to reflect radial flow, but instead imply subradial (e.g. intermediate between linear and radial) flow dimensions. We believe these subradial dimensions reflect channeling of flow through fracture networks, or portions of fractures, that occupy a diminishing proportion of the radially available space, or through percolation networks that are not 'saturated' (percolation terminology meaning fully interconnected). This is probably related to the directional nature of the permeability created or enhanced by excavation effects. Inferred values of permeability cannot be separated from their associated flow dimensions. Therefore, numerical models of flow and transport should include heterogeneity that is structured to provide the same flow dimensions as are observed in hydraulic tests. Modeling of the Salado Formation around the WIPP repository should also include coupling between hydraulic properties and the evolving stress field because hydraulic properties change as the stress field changes.

  14. A review of the Rawls et al. (1982) soil hydraulic pedotransfer function

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    For many applications that involve the use of environmental simulation models, soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity data are not available and therefore need to be estimated. The current version of the APEX model – that is being used in the national scale CEAP project to evaluate on-site ...

  15. EFFECTS OF ROCK FRAGMENTS INCORPORATED IN THE SOIL MATRIX ON CONCENTRATED FLOW HYDRAULICS AND EROSION 1836

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    Rock fragments can act as a controlling factor for erosional rates and patterns in the landscape. Thus, the objective of this study is to better understand the role that rock fragments incorporated into the soil matrix have on concentrated flow hydraulics and erosion . Laboratory flume experiments...

  16. EFFECTS OF ELECTROOSMOSIS ON SOIL TEMPERATURE AND HYDRAULIC HEAD: I. FIELD OBSERVATIONS

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    A field test to quantify the changes of soil temperature and hydraulic head during electroosmosis was conducted. The anode (3.1 m x 3.4 m) was created by laying pieces of titanium mesh coated with mixed metal oxides on top of a 3 cm thick sand layer at a depth of 0.4 m. The catho...

  17. EFFECTS OF ELECTROOSMOSIS ON SOIL TEMPERATURE AND HYDRAULIC HEAD: I. FIELD OBSERVATION

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    A field test to quantify the changes of soil temperature and hydraulic head during electroosmosis has been conducted. The anode (3.1 m x 3.4m) was created by laying pieces of titanium mesh coated with mixed metal oxides on tope of a 3 cm thick sand layer at a depth of 0.4 m. The ...

  18. Field-Measured Infiltration Properties of Mojave Desert Soils

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    Perkins, K. S.; Nimmo, J. R.; Winfield, K. A.; Schmidt, K. M.; Miller, D. M.; Stock, J. D.; Singha, K.

    2005-12-01

    Characteristics typical of alluvial desert soils, such as depositional stratification, desert pavement, biotic crusts, and vesicular horizons strongly influence soil moisture and its variability. Knowledge of infiltration capacity, water retention, and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity is central to the assessment of water availability to plants and animals after infiltration events. These hydraulic parameters are directly related to the degree of soil development. The frequency and magnitude of storm events in conjunction with degree of soil development also affect runoff and erosion. Our purpose is to examine field soil-water behavior and determine unsaturated hydraulic properties needed for large-scale modeling of soil moisture. The results of this study will be used in conjunction with surficial geologic mapping of the Mojave Desert in evaluations of ecological habitat quality. We conducted infiltration/redistribution experiments on three different-aged deposits in the Mojave National Preserve: (1) recently deposited wash sediments, (2) a soil of early Holocene age, and (3) a highly developed soil of late Pleistocene age. In each experiment we ponded water in a 1-m-diameter infiltration ring for 2.3 hr. For several weeks we monitored water content and matric pressure to depths of 1.5 m, and distances of 6 m from the infiltration ring. Measuring techniques included surface electrical resistance tomography, dielectric-constant probes, heat-dissipation probes, and tensiometers. Analysis of the subsurface measurements using an instantaneous-profile technique gives the retention and K properties that will be used in predictive modeling. In each experiment the infiltration rate was nearly constant in time, with infiltration capacity 4 times greater in the youngest than in the oldest soil. Average infiltration flux densities within the ring during the period of ponding were 0.80 m/hr in the active wash, 0.45 m/hr in the Holocene soil, and 0.21 m/hr in the Pleistocene soil. All three deposits have significant gravel (30-70% within the uppermost 1.5 m) with the percentage of silt and clay increasing with deposit age. The low infiltration capacity in the oldest soil is consistent with the presence of the more highly developed vesicular horizon and accumulation of illuvial silt. Depositional stratification in the active wash did not impede downward flow to the same degree as in the early Holocene-age soil, which has some soil horizon development and sparse biotic crust. Infiltrated water spread laterally to at least 1 m beyond the ring perimeter at all sites; the presence of a buried clay-rich horizon in the active wash enhanced spreading at depth to 2 m.

  19. Construction of Flexible Subterranean Hydraulic Barriers in Soil and Rock

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    Carter, E.E.; Carter, P.E.; Cooper, D.C.

    2008-07-01

    In the management of radioactive waste sites, there is sometimes a need to divert infiltration water; or contain or divert contaminated groundwater. This paper discusses several experimental techniques based on super permeating molten wax. Many of the methods are suited to form both vertical or horizontal barriers in-situ in the ground. The first method is based on thermally controlled permeation grouting between drilled holes that produces a very thick barrier in soil, rock, or even fractured rock up to 600 meters deep. The second method is a variation on jet grouting for producing a thin low cost barrier in soil. Also discussed is a technique for forming an infiltration barrier within the surface soil over an underground tank farm and a method for encapsulating a buried waste without excavation. These new methods can produce durable subterranean barriers of high integrity. These barriers are made with a special malleable wax that soaks into the soil or rock matrix. The wax is far more impermeable than clay or cement and can flex and stretch in response to soil movements. The wax contains no water and is not prone to damage from soil moisture changes. (authors)

  20. Estimability analysis for optimization of hysteretic soil hydraulic parameters using data of a field irrigation experiment

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    Ngo, Viet V.; Gerke, Horst H.; Badorreck, Annika

    2014-05-01

    The estimability analysis has been proposed to improve the quality of parameter optimization. For field data, wetting and drying processes may complicate optimization of soil hydraulic parameters. The objectives of this study were to apply estimability analysis for improving optimization of soil hydraulic parameters and compare models with and without considering hysteresis. Soil water pressure head data of a field irrigation experiment were used. The one-dimensional vertical water movement in variably-saturated soil was described with the Richards equation using the HYDRUS-1D code. Estimability of the unimodal van Genuchten - Mualem hydraulic model parameters as well as of the hysteretic parameter model of Parker and Lenhard was classified according to a sensitivity coefficient matrix. The matrix was obtained by sequentially calculating effects of initial parameter variations on changes in the simulated pressure head values. Optimization was carried out by means of the Levenberg-Marquardt method as implemented in the HYDRUS-1D code. The parameters α, Ks, θs, and n in the nonhysteretic model were found sensitive and parameter θs and n strongly correlated with parameter n in the nonhysteretic model. When assuming hysteresis, the estimability was highest for αw and decreased with soil depth for Ks and αd, and increased for θs and n. The hysteretic model could approximate the pressure heads in the soil by considering parameters from wetting and drying periods separately as initial estimates. The inverse optimization could be carried out more efficiently with most estimable parameters. Despite the weaknesses of the local optimization algorithm and the inflexibility of the unimodal van Genuchten model, the results suggested that estimability analysis could be considered as a guidance to better define the optimization scenarios and then improved the determination of soil hydraulic parameters.

  1. Estimating hydraulic conductivity of internal drainage for layered soils in situ

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    Mavimbela, S. S. W.; van Rensburg, L. D.

    2013-11-01

    The soil hydraulic conductivity (K function) of three layered soils cultivated at Paradys Experimental Farm, near Bloemfontein (South Africa), was determined from in situ drainage experiments and analytical models. Pre-ponded monoliths, isolated from weather and lateral drainage, were prepared in triplicate on representative sites of the Tukulu, Sepane and Swartland soil forms. The first two soils are also referred to as Cutanic Luvisols and the third as Cutanic Cambisol. Soil water content (SWC) was measured during a 1200 h drainage experiment. In addition soil physical and textural data as well as saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) were derived. Undisturbed soil core samples of 105 mm with a height of 77 mm from soil horizons were used to measure soil water retention curves (SWRCs). Parameterization of SWRC was through the Brooks and Corey model. Kosugi and van Genuchten models were used to determine SWRC parameters and fitted with a RMSE of less 2%. The SWRC was also used to estimate matric suctions for in situ drainage SWC following observations that laboratory and in situ SWRCs were similar at near saturation. In situ K function for horizons and the equivalent homogeneous profiles were determined. Model predictions based on SWRC overestimated horizons K function by more than three orders of magnitude. The van Genuchten-Mualem model was an exception for certain soil horizons. Overestimates were reduced by one or more orders of magnitude when inverse parameter estimation was applied directly to drainage SWC with HYDRUS-1D code. Best fits (R2 ≥ 0.90) were from Brooks and Corey, and van Genuchten-Mualem models. The latter also predicted the profiles' effective K function for the three soils, and the in situ based function was fitted with R2 ≥ 0.98 irrespective of soil type. It was concluded that the inverse parameter estimation with HYDRUS-1D improved models' K function estimates for the studied layered soils.

  2. Lunar soil properties and soil mechanics

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    Mitchell, J. K.; Houston, W. N.; Hovland, H. J.

    1972-01-01

    The study to identify and define recognizable fabrics in lunar soil in order to determine the history of the lunar regolith in different locations is reported. The fabric of simulated lunar soil, and lunar soil samples are discussed along with the behavior of simulated lunar soil under dynamic and static loading. The planned research is also included.

  3. Advantages and Pitfalls of Time-lapse Ground Penetrating Radar in Characterizing Hydraulic Properties

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    May, C.; Kinnicutt, P. G.

    2005-12-01

    The use of 4-D (time-lapse) ground penetrating radar (GPR) applies a method that enables the principle investigator to look at changing hydraulic properties over time. 4-D GPR is a survey that acquires temporal 3-D GPR profiles without changing the location of the survey grid. Assuming that the earth material does not change, changes in the temporal GPR profiles should be a result from groundwater movement [Birken and Versteeg]. Brewster and Annan carefully collected data on the Canadian Forces Base Borden using 200 MHz GPR to observe a controlled release of DNAPL [Brewster and Annan]. GPR proved itself as a fast, cost-effective method of investigating glacial outwash aquifers and is very applicable to this study, which is also located in glacial terrain [Taylor and Baker]. This study, located Lumberjack's Park 15 miles southwest of Mt. Pleasant and about 15 miles west of Alma, MI, collected 4-D GPR data over the course of one month using GSSIs' SIR-3000 and a 200 MHz monostatic antenna. GPR works by sending electromagnetic waves (EM) from a transmitting antenna into the subsurface. The 4-D GPR surveys, acquired over a 60' x 30' invariant grid, were located along side the Pine River, allowing the river to be used as a marker for the water table. There are numerous pitfalls that occur in a study using time-lapse GPR. One of these pitfalls is the need to account for changes in the dielectric constants, due to changes in soil moisture content, making processing of the temporal files time consuming. Inaccurate navigation in this study resulted in different size GPR files, complicating the creation of a 3-D model using a subtraction program that subtracts files of the same size. GPR proved to be a valuable tool for showing the differences in the ground water over of this study. Differences in the temporal GPR profiles suggested variations in hydraulic properties, resulting in the ability to estimate the hydraulic properties. Two boreholes were drilled, using a power soil auger, for ground-truthing purposes to measure water table depth. Slug tests used in these boreholes measured the water table at about 5.75ft. The ground-truthing aided in the interpretation of the GPR data and identified the approximate location of the water table. The results of this study showed time-lapse GPR to be a potentially useful and inexpensive tool for estimating hydraulic properties.

  4. Simulating runoff from an area covered by soil contour ridges using a hydraulic cascade model

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    Slah, Nasri

    2015-04-01

    Runoff agriculture and rainwater harvesting are well known farming techniques that have guaranteed crop production in the arid zone of Tunisia since ancient times. At present, soil contour ridges (banquettes) are the main water and soil conservation used. Actually about one million ha farming land were protected by this technique. Usually, soil contour ridges are designed for a 10-year return period to reduce runoff and erosion in hill-slope catchments. However, the detailed hydraulic function of this technique is still to a major extent unknown. For this purpose a runoff model was developed to simulate the discharge from an upstream system of several soil contour ridges. The model was validated using experimental runoff. The simulated runoff agreed well with observed discharge. The validated model was used to simulate runoff from a system of one to several soil contour ridges in a cascade from a 10-year rainfall event. Practical conclusions are drawn by discussing the spacing and design of the soil contour ridges. Key words: Soil surface management, soil contour ridge, discharge, hydraulic cascade.

  5. Sagebrush carrying out hydraulic lift enhances surface soil nitrogen cycling and nitrogen uptake into inflorescences

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    Cardon, Zoe G.; Stark, John M.; Herron, Patrick M.; Rasmussen, Jed A.

    2013-01-01

    Plant roots serve as conduits for water flow not only from soil to leaves but also from wetter to drier soil. This hydraulic redistribution through root systems occurs in soils worldwide and can enhance stomatal opening, transpiration, and plant carbon gain. For decades, upward hydraulic lift (HL) of deep water through roots into dry, litter-rich, surface soil also has been hypothesized to enhance nutrient availability to plants by stimulating microbially controlled nutrient cycling. This link has not been demonstrated in the field. Working in sagebrush-steppe, where water and nitrogen limit plant growth and reproduction and where HL occurs naturally during summer drought, we slightly augmented deep soil water availability to 14 HL+ treatment plants throughout the summer growing season. The HL+ sagebrush lifted greater amounts of water than control plants and had slightly less negative predawn and midday leaf water potentials. Soil respiration was also augmented under HL+ plants. At summer’s end, application of a gas-based 15N isotopic labeling technique revealed increased rates of nitrogen cycling in surface soil layers around HL+ plants and increased uptake of nitrogen into HL+ plants’ inflorescences as sagebrush set seed. These treatment effects persisted even though unexpected monsoon rainstorms arrived during assays and increased surface soil moisture around all plants. Simulation models from ecosystem to global scales have just begun to include effects of hydraulic redistribution on water and surface energy fluxes. Results from this field study indicate that plants carrying out HL can also substantially enhance decomposition and nitrogen cycling in surface soils. PMID:24191007

  6. Converging patterns of uptake and hydraulic redistribution of soil water in contrasting woody vegetation types.

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    Meinzer, F C; Brooks, J R; Bucci, S; Goldstein, G; Scholz, F G; Warren, J M

    2004-08-01

    We used concurrent measurements of soil water content and soil water potential (Psi(soil)) to assess the effects of Psi(soil) on uptake and hydraulic redistribution (HR) of soil water by roots during seasonal drought cycles at six sites characterized by differences in the types and amounts of woody vegetation and in climate. The six sites included a semi-arid old-growth ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Dougl. ex P. Laws & C. Laws) forest, a moist old-growth Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) forest, a 24-year-old Douglas-fir forest and three Brazilian savanna sites differing in tree density. At all of the sites, HR was confined largely to the upper 60 cm of soil. There was a common threshold relationship between the relative magnitude of HR and Psi(soil) among the six study sites. Below a threshold Psi(soil) of about -0.4 MPa, overnight recharge of soil water storage increased sharply, and reached a maximum value of 80-90% over a range of Psi(soil) from ~ -1.2 to -1.5 MPa. Although amounts of water hydraulically redistributed to the upper 60 cm of soil were relatively small (0 to 0.4 mm day(-1)), they greatly reduced the rates of seasonal decline in Psi(soil). The effectiveness of HR in delaying soil drying diminished with increasing sapwood area per ground area. The relationship between soil water utilization and Psi(soil) in the 20-60-cm layer was nearly identical for all six sites. Soil water utilization varied with a surrogate measure of rhizosphere conductance in a similar manner at all six sites. The similarities in relationships between Psi(soil) and HR, soil water utilization and relative rhizosphere conductance among the six sites, suggests that, despite probable differences in maximum rooting depth and density, there was a convergence in biophysical controls on soil water utilization and redistribution in the upper soil layers where the density of finer roots is greatest. PMID:15172842

  7. Hydrogen peroxide effects on root hydraulic properties and plasma membrane aquaporin regulation in Phaseolus vulgaris.

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    Benabdellah, Karim; Ruiz-Lozano, Juan Manuel; Aroca, Ricardo

    2009-08-01

    In the last few years, the role of reactive oxygen species as signaling molecules has emerged, and not only as damage-related roles. Here, we analyzed how root hydraulic properties were modified by different hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) concentrations applied exogenously to the root medium. Two different experimental setups were employed: Phaseolus vulgaris plants growing in hydroponic or in potted soils. In both experimental setups, we found an increase of root hydraulic conductance (L) in response to H2O2 application for the first time. Twenty millimolar was the threshold concentration of H2O2 for observing an effect on L in the soil experiment, while in the hydroponic experiment, a positive effect on L was observed at 0.25 mM H2O2. In the hydroponic experiment, a correlation between increased L and plasma membrane aquaporin amount and their root localization was observed. These findings provide new insights to study how several environmental factors modify L. PMID:19437122

  8. A transient laboratory method for determining the hydraulic properties of 'tight' rocks-II. Application

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    Neuzil, C.E.; Cooley, C.; Silliman, S.E.; Bredehoeft, J.D.; Hsieh, P.A.

    1981-01-01

    In Part I a general analytical solution for the transient pulse test was presented. Part II presents a graphical method for analyzing data from a test to obtain the hydraulic properties of the sample. The general solution depends on both hydraulic conductivity and specific storage and, in theory, analysis of the data can provide values for both of these hydraulic properties. However, in practice, one of two limiting cases may apply in which case it is possible to calculate only hydraulic conductivity or the product of hydraulic conductivity times specific storage. In this paper we examine the conditions when both hydraulic parameters can be calculated. The analyses of data from two tests are presented. In Appendix I the general solution presented in Part I is compared with an earlier analysis, in which compressive storage in the sample is assumed negligible, and the error in calculated hydraulic conductivity due to this simplifying assumption is examined. ?? 1981.

  9. Hysteresis of unsaturated hydromechanical properties of a silty soil

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    Lu, Ning; Kaya, Murat; Collins, Brian D.; Godt, Jonathan W.

    2013-01-01

    Laboratory tests to examine hysteresis in the hydrologic and mechanical properties of partially saturated soils were conducted on six intact specimens collected from a landslide-prone area of Alameda County, California. The results reveal that the pore-size distribution parameter remains statistically unchanged between the wetting and drying paths; however, the wetting or drying state has a pronounced influence on the water-entry pressure, the water-filled porosity at zero suction, and the saturated hydraulic conductivity. The suction stress values obtained from the shear-strength tests under both natural moisture and resaturated conditions were mostly bounded by the suction stress characteristic curves (SSCCs) obtained from the hydrologic tests. This finding experimentally confirms that the soil-water retention curve, hydraulic conductivity function, and SSCC are intrinsically related.

  10. Percolation and transport in a sandy soil under a natural hydraulic gradient

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    Green, C.T.; Stonestrom, D.A.; Bekins, B.A.; Akstin, K.C.; Schulz, M.S.

    2005-01-01

    [1] Unsaturated flow and transport under a natural hydraulic gradient in a Mediterranean climate were investigated with a field tracer experiment combined with laboratory analyses and numerical modeling. Bromide was applied to the surface of a sandy soil during the dry season. During the subsequent rainy season, repeated sediment sampling tracked the movement of bromide through the profile. Analysis of data on moisture content, matric pressure, unsaturated hydraulic conductivity, bulk density, and soil texture and structure provides insights into parameterization and use of the advective-dispersive modeling approach. Capturing the gross features of tracer and moisture movement with model simulations required an order-of-magnitude increase in laboratory-measured hydraulic conductivity. Wetting curve characteristics better represented field results, calling into question the routine estimation of hydraulic characteristics based only on drying conditions. Measured increases in profile moisture exceeded cumulative precipitation in early winter, indicating that gains from dew drip can exceed losses from evapotranspiration during periods of heavy ("Tule") fog. A single-continuum advective-dispersive modeling approach could not reproduce a peak of bromide that was retained near the soil surface for over 3 years. Modeling of this feature required slow exchange of solute at a transfer rate of 0.5-1 ?? 10-4 d-1 with an immobile volume approaching the residual moisture content.

  11. Influence of irrigation and fertilization on transpiration and hydraulic properties of Populus deltoides.

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    Samuelson, Lisa J; Stokes, Thomas A; Coleman, Mark D

    2007-05-01

    Long-term hydraulic acclimation to resource availability was explored in 3-year-old Populus deltoides Bartr. ex Marsh. clones by examining transpiration, leaf-specific hydraulic conductance (G(L)), canopy stomatal conductance (G(S)) and leaf to sapwood area ratio (A(L):A(S)) in response to irrigation (13 and 551 mm year(-1) in addition to ambient precipitation) and fertilization (0 and 120 kg N ha(-1) year(-1)). Sap flow was measured continuously over one growing season with thermal dissipation probes. Fertilization had a greater effect on growth and hydraulic properties than irrigation, and fertilization effects were independent of irrigation treatment. Transpiration on a ground area basis (E) ranged between 0.3 and 1.8 mm day(-1), and increased 66% and 90% in response to irrigation and fertilization, respectively. Increases in G(L), G(S) at a reference vapor pressure deficit of 1 kPa, and transpiration per unit leaf area in response to increases in resource availability were associated with reductions in A(L):A(S) and consequently a minimal change in the water potential gradient from soil to leaf. Irrigation and fertilization increased leaf area index similarly, from an average 1.16 in control stands to 1.45, but sapwood area was increased from 4.0 to 6.3 m(2) ha(-1) by irrigation and from 3.7 to 6.7 m(2) ha(-1) by fertilization. The balance between leaf area and sapwood area was important in understanding long-term hydraulic acclimation to resource availability and mechanisms controlling maximum productivity in Populus deltoides. PMID:17267367

  12. Influence of irrigation and fertilization on transpiration and hydraulic properties of Populus deltoides.

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    Samuelson, Lisa, J.; Stokes, Thomas, A.; Coleman, Mark, D.

    2007-02-01

    Summary Long-term hydraulic acclimation to resource availability was explored in 3-year-bld Populus deltoides Bartr. ex Marsh. clones by examining transpiration. leaf-specific hydraulic conductance (GL), canopy stomatal conductance (Gs) and leaf to sapwood area ratio (AL:Asi)n response to imgation (13 and 551 mm year in addition to ambient precipitation) and fertilization (0 and 120 kg N ha-' year-'). Sap flow was measured continuously over one growing season with thermal dissipation probes. Fertilization had a greater effect on growth and hydraulic properties than imgation, and fertilization effects were independent of irrigation treatment. Transpiration on a ground area basis (E) ranged between 0.3 and 1.8 mm day-', and increased 66% and 90% in response to imgation and fertilization, respectively. Increases in GL, Gs at a reference vapor pressure deficit of 1 kPa, and transpiration per unit leaf areain response to increases in resource availability were associated with reductions in AL:As and consequently a minimal change in the water potential gradient from soil to leaf. Imgation and fertilization increased leaf area index similarly, from an average 1.16 in control stands to 1.45, but sapwood area was increased from 4.0 to 6.3 m ha-' by irrigation and from 3.7 to 6.7 m2 ha-' by fertilization. The balance between leaf area and sapwood area was important in understanding long-term hydraulic acclimation to resource availability and mechanisms controlling maximum productivity in Populus deltoides.

  13. On the Influence of Topography Upon Scaling Characteristics of Soil Hydraulic Parameters

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    Jana, R. B.; Mohanty, B. P.

    2008-12-01

    One of the most important issues concerning studies into the hydrologic cycle and climate prediction today is the upscaling of soil hydraulic parameters in the unsaturated zone. Ecological phenomena occur differently, and due to different causes, at a wide range of scales. Efforts to model hydrologic processes and phenomena, with particular emphasis on those occurring in the unsaturated zone, are currently ongoing at various scales. Input data are required for these models at their representative scales. However, measurement of parameter data at all such required scales is impractical as it entails huge outlay of finances, time and effort. Inter-connections often exist between information across these scales. However, the exact mathematical or physical nature of these connections is generally a mystery. Over the past few decades, numerous efforts have been conducted to either understand and solve these mysteries, or to find a way around them to obtain effective parameters at multiple scales. Most upscaling efforts thus far have opted to ignore the effect of topography in their derivation of effective parameter values. This approach is reasonable as long as the coarser support dimensions are smaller than hill slopes. When upscaling fine scale hydraulic parameter data to hillslope scales and beyond, however, topography plays a bigger role and cannot be ignored. We present a study of the influence of topographic variations on the effective, upscaled soil hydraulic parameters under different hillslope configurations. Fine resolution parameters were upscaled using the Power Averaging Operator methodology which incorporates features from both mean-type and mode-type aggregation. Simulations of multiple hypothetical scenarios were conducted using the HYDRUS- 3D hydrologic modeling software to develop empirical relationships between the topography and the soil hydraulic parameters for matching hydrologic responses. These relationships may be assimilated into currently existing schemes to derive a more comprehensive algorithm to upscale fine resolution soil hydraulic parameters to any footprint dimension.

  14. Hydraulic management of a soil moisture controlled SDI wastewater dispersal system in an Alabama Black Belt soil.

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    He, Jiajie; Dougherty, Mark; Shaw, Joey; Fulton, John; Arriaga, Francisco

    2011-10-01

    Rural areas represent approximately 95% of the 14000 km(2) Alabama Black Belt, an area of widespread Vertisols dominated by clayey, smectitic, shrink-swell soils. These soils are unsuitable for conventional onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) which are nevertheless widely used in this region. In order to provide an alternative wastewater dosing system, an experimental field moisture controlled subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system was designed and installed as a field trial. The experimental system that integrates a seasonal cropping system was evaluated for two years on a 500-m(2) Houston clay site in west central Alabama from August 2006 to June 2008. The SDI system was designed to start hydraulic dosing only when field moisture was below field capacity. Hydraulic dosing rates fluctuated as expected with higher dosing rates during warm seasons with near zero or zero dosing rates during cold seasons. Lower hydraulic dosing in winter creates the need for at least a two-month waste storage structure which is an insurmountable challenge for rural homeowners. An estimated 30% of dosed water percolated below 45-cm depth during the first summer which included a 30-year historic drought. This massive volume of percolation was presumably the result of preferential flow stimulated by dry weather clay soil cracking. Although water percolation is necessary for OWTS, this massive water percolation loss indicated that this experimental system is not able to effective control soil moisture within its monitoring zone as designed. Overall findings of this study indicated that soil moisture controlled SDI wastewater dosing is not suitable as a standalone system in these Vertisols. However, the experimental soil moisture control system functioned as designed, demonstrating that soil moisture controlled SDI wastewater dosing may find application as a supplement to other wastewater disposal methods that can function during cold seasons. PMID:21621905

  15. Temporal variability of selected chemical and physical properties of topsoil of three soil types

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    Jirku, Veronika; Kodesova, Radka; Nikodem, Antonin; Muhlhanselova, Marcela; Zigova, Anna

    2013-04-01

    Temporal variability of soil properties measured in surface horizons of three soil types (Haplic Cambisol, Greyic Phaeozem, Haplic Luvisol) was studied in years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Undisturbed soil samples were taken every month to evaluate the actual field soil-water content, bulk density, porosity and hydraulic properties. The grab soil samples were taken every month to evaluate aggregate stability using the WSA (water stable aggregates) index, pHH2O and pHKCl, soil organic matter content and quality. Unsaturated hydraulic conductivity for pressure head of -2 cm was measured directly in the field using the minidisk tension infiltrometer. In addition soil structure was documented on micromorphological images. In some cases, the similar trends of the pHH2O , pHKCl , A400/A600, rod, P, θfield or WSA values were observed in different soils. Interestingly, the similar trends were found mostly for the Haplic Cambisol and the Greyic Phaeozem despite the fact that these soils considerably differed (different soil substrate, pedogenetic processes, etc.) and that variable crops (winter wheat and spring wheat) were planted at both locations during two years (2007 and 2006). Mostly different trends were observed for the Haplic Luvisol and the Greyic Phaeozem (soil of the same substrate). The reason could be attributed to a high vulnerability of the Haplic Luvisol to soil degradation in comparison to that of the Greyic Phaeozem. Parameters of hydraulic properties were highly variable and did not show similar trends for different soils (except the saturated soil water content and the slope of the retention curve at the inflection point for Haplic Cambisol and Greyic Phaeozem). Soil structure, aggregate stability and soil hydraulic properties were interrelated and depended on plant growth, rainfall compaction and tillage. The drier conditions in some soils positively influenced the soil aggregate stability, the slope of the retention curve at the inflection point and hydraulic conductivity. Probably due to the high variation of soil hydraulic properties no closer correlation between them and other properties was detected. Despite that the slope of the retention curve at the inflection point (which should indicate physical quality of the soil, e.g. soil aggregation and consequently soil porosity system) in many cases increased (decreased) when also the soil aggregate stability and hydraulic conductivity values increased (decreased), no closer correlation was revealed when analyzing for the entire 4 year period. The study showed different trends during different years. This was anticipated in the Greyic Phaeozem where different cops (spring wheat, winter wheat and winter barley) were planted during different years. Different trends were however observed also in the Haplic Cambisol and the Haplic Luvisol, where the same or similar crops (in both cases mostly winter wheat and ones winter barley) was sown. Results showed that climatic conditions (mostly during he winter end spring) played dominant role. Thus data, which were obtained during one year period, could not be used to generalize a soil regime in a particular soil and crop. Our results showed that it is impossible to apply any model, which would be based on statistical analyses, to predict soil properties development during one year or even longer period. Results indicate that findings cannot be used to generalize soil properties for other soil types, plants or climates. Acknowledgment: Authors acknowledge the financial support of the Czech Science Foundation (GA CR 526/08/0434) and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic (QJ1230319).

  16. Comparison of soil extraction techniques for organophosphorous hydraulic fluids

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    David, M.D.; Seiber, J.N.

    1996-10-01

    The efficiencies of three soil extraction techniques for removal of non-pesticidal organophosphates were compared. Traditional soxhlet extraction is compared to supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) and a high-pressure, elevated temperature, low solvent volume technique referred to here as HPSE (high-pressure solvent extraction). SFE methods were optimized by varying parameters of temperature, pressure and methanol polarity modifier. SFE recoveries under optimum conditions were at least 90% as efficient as Soxhlet in the extraction of OPs from both spiked and native soils. HPSE experiments showed efficiency and consistency of recovery over a range of temperatures up to 200{degrees} and pressures up to 2000psi, with average recoveries superior to those of Soxhlet extraction. HPSE and SFE provide extraction efficiencies comparable to Soxhlet with substantial savings of time and cost.

  17. Identifying Basin-scale Heterogeneity of Soil Properties Using River Stage Tomography

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    Wang, Y. L.; Zha, Y.; Yeh, T. C. J.

    2014-12-01

    Observations and simulation of soil heterogeneity were carried out to understand the characteristics of the soil properties in the alluvial fan of Chuoshui river, Taiwan. The fan is located at middle Taiwan with an area of 1800 km2 and has at least one unconfined and three confined aquifers. All aquifers are connected to each other at apex of the fan. The distribution of soil hydraulic conductivity was estimated by fusing naturally recurrent stimuli and groundwater head. Specifically, the covariance and correlation information provided by temporal and spatial change of groundwater head in response to river stage variations are used to estimate heterogeneity of hydraulic conductivity. The results of the estimate compared with other geo-investigate method are discussed. Keywords: river stage tomography, hydraulic tomography, heterogeneity, hydraulic conductivity

  18. Towards soil property retrieval from space: Proof of concept using in situ observations

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    Bandara, Ranmalee; Walker, Jeffrey P.; Rüdiger, Christoph

    2014-05-01

    Soil moisture is a key variable that controls the exchange of water and energy fluxes between the land surface and the atmosphere. However, the temporal evolution of soil moisture is neither easy to measure nor monitor at large scales because of its high spatial variability. This is mainly a result of the local variation in soil properties and vegetation cover. Thus, land surface models are normally used to predict the evolution of soil moisture and yet, despite their importance, these models are based on low-resolution soil property information or typical values. Therefore, the availability of more accurate and detailed soil parameter data than are currently available is vital, if regional or global soil moisture predictions are to be made with the accuracy required for environmental applications. The proposed solution is to estimate the soil hydraulic properties via model calibration to remotely sensed soil moisture observation, with in situ observations used as a proxy in this proof of concept study. Consequently, the feasibility is assessed, and the level of accuracy that can be expected determined, for soil hydraulic property estimation of duplex soil profiles in a semi-arid environment using near-surface soil moisture observations under naturally occurring conditions. The retrieved soil hydraulic parameters were then assessed by their reliability to predict the root zone soil moisture using the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator model. When using parameters that were retrieved using soil moisture observations, the root zone soil moisture was predicted to within an accuracy of 0.04 m3/m3, which is an improvement of ∼0.025 m3/m3 on predictions that used published values or pedo-transfer functions.

  19. Interrelations among the soil-water retention, hydraulic conductivity, and suction-stress characteristic curves

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    Lu, Ning; Kaya, Murat; Godt, Jonathan W.

    2014-01-01

    The three fundamental constitutive relations that describe fluid flow, strength, and deformation behavior of variably saturated soils are the soil-water retention curve (SWRC), hydraulic conductivity function (HCF), and suction-stress characteristic curve (SSCC). Until recently, the interrelations among the SWRC, HCF, and SSCC have not been well established. This work sought experimental confirmation of interrelations among these three constitutive functions. Results taken from the literature for six soils and those obtained for 11 different soils were used. Using newly established analytical relations among the SWRC, HCF, and SSCC and these test results, the authors showed that these three constitutive relations can be defined by a common set of hydromechanical parameters. The coefficient of determination for air-entry pressures determined independently using hydraulic and mechanical methods is >0.99, >0.98 for the pore size parameter, and 0.94 for the residual degree of saturation. One practical implication is that one of any of the four experiments (axis-translation, hydraulic, shear-strength, or deformation) is sufficient to quantify all three constitutive relations.

  20. Soil fauna, soil properties and geo-ecosystem functioning

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    Cammeraat, L. H.

    2012-04-01

    The impact of soil fauna on soil processes is of utmost importance, as the activity of soil fauna directly affects soil quality. This is expressed by the direct effects of soil fauna on soil physical and soil chemical properties that not only have great importance to food production and ecosystems services, but also on weathering and hydrological and geomorphological processes. Soil animals can be perceived as ecosystem engineers that directly affect the flow of water, sediments and nutrients through terrestrial ecosystems. The biodiversity of animals living in the soil is huge and shows a huge range in size, functions and effects. Most work has been focused on only a few species such as earthworms and termites, but in general the knowledge on the effect of soil biota on soil ecosystem functioning is limited as it is for their impact on processes in the soil and on the soil surface. In this presentation we would like to review some of the impacts of soil fauna on soil properties that have implications for geo-ecosystem functioning and soil formation processes.

  1. Soil property effects on wind erosion of organic soils

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    Zobeck, Ted M.; Baddock, Matthew; Scott Van Pelt, R.; Tatarko, John; Acosta-Martinez, Veronica

    2013-09-01

    Histosols (also known as organic soils, mucks, or peats) are soils that are dominated by organic matter (OM > 20%) in half or more of the upper 80 cm. Forty two states have a total of 21 million ha of Histosols in the United States. These soils, when intensively cropped, are subject to wind erosion resulting in loss of crop productivity and degradation of soil, air, and water quality. Estimating wind erosion on Histosols has been determined by USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a critical need for the Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS) model. WEPS has been developed to simulate wind erosion on agricultural land in the US, including soils with organic soil material surfaces. However, additional field measurements are needed to understand how soil properties vary among organic soils and to calibrate and validate estimates of wind erosion of organic soils using WEPS. Soil properties and sediment flux were measured in six soils with high organic contents located in Michigan and Florida, USA. Soil properties observed included organic matter content, particle density, dry mechanical stability, dry clod stability, wind erodible material, and geometric mean diameter of the surface aggregate distribution. A field portable wind tunnel was used to generate suspended sediment and dust from agricultural surfaces for soils ranging from 17% to 67% organic matter. The soils were tilled and rolled to provide a consolidated, friable surface. Dust emissions and saltation were measured using an isokinetic vertical slot sampler aspirated by a regulated suction source. Suspended dust was sampled using a Grimm optical particle size analyzer. Particle density of the saltation-sized material (>106 μm) was inversely related to OM content and varied from 2.41 g cm-3 for the soil with the lowest OM content to 1.61 g cm-3 for the soil with highest OM content. Wind erodible material and the geometric mean diameter of the surface soil were inversely related to dry clod stability. The effect of soil properties on sediment flux varied among flux types. Saltation flux was adequately predicted with simple linear regression models. Dry mechanical stability was the best single soil property linearly related to saltation flux. Simple linear models with soil properties as independent variables were not well correlated with PM10E values (mass flux). A second order polynomial equation with OM as the independent variable was found to be most highly correlated with PM10E values. These results demonstrate that variations in sediment and dust emissions can be linked to soil properties using simple models based on one or more soil properties to estimate saltation mass flux and PM10E values from organic and organic-rich soils.

  2. Integrating models to simulate emergent behaviour: effects of organic matter on soil hydraulics in the ICZ-1D soil-vegetation model

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    Valstar, Johan; Rowe, Ed; Konstantina, Moirogiorgou; Giannakis, Giorgos; Nikolaidis, Nikolaos

    2014-05-01

    Soil develops as a result of interacting processes, many of which have been described in more or less detailed models. A key challenge in developing predictive models of soil function is to integrate processes that operate across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. Many soil functions could be classified as "emergent", since they result from the interaction of subsystems. For example, soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics are commonly considered in relation to carbon storage, but can have profound effects on soil hydraulic properties that are conventionally considered to be static. Carbon fixed by plants enters the soil as litterfall, root turnover or via mycorrhizae. Plants need water and nutrients to grow, and an expanding root system provides access to a larger volume of soil for uptake of water and nutrients. Roots also provide organic exudates, such as oxalate, which increase nutrient availability. Carbon inputs are transformed at various rates into soil biota, CO2, and more persistent forms of organic matter. The SOM is partly taken up into soil aggregates of variable sizes, which slows down degradation. Water availability is an important factor as both plant growth and SOM degradation can be limited by shortage of water. Water flow is the main driver for transport of nutrients and other solutes. The flow of water in turn is influenced by the presence of SOM as this influences soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity. Towards the top of the unsaturated zone, bioturbation by the soil fauna transports both solid material and solutes. Weathering rates of minerals determine the availability of many nutrients and are in turn dependent on parameters such as pH, water content, CO2 pressure and oxalate concentration. Chemical reactions between solutes, dissolution and precipitation, and exchange on adsorption sites further influence solute concentrations. Within the FP7 SoilTrEC project, we developed a model that incorporates all of these processes, to explore the complex interactions involved in soil development and change. We were unable to identify appropriately-detailed existing models for plant productivity and for the dynamics of soil aggregation and porosity, and so developed the PROSUM and CAST models, respectively, to simulate these subsystems. Moreover, we applied the BRNS generator to obtain a chemical equilibrium model. These were combined with HYDRUS-1D (water and solute transport), a weathering model (derived from the SAFE model) and a simple bioturbation model. The model includes several feedbacks, such as the effect of soil organic matter on water retention and hydraulic conductivity. We encountered several important challenges when building the integrated model. First, a mechanism was developed that initiates the execution of a single time step for an individual sub-model and accounts for the relevant mass transfers between sub-models. This allows for different and sometimes variable time step duration in the submodels. Secondly, we removed duplicated processes and identified and included relevant solute production terms that had been neglected. The model is being tested against datasets obtained from several Soil Critical Zone Observatories in Europe. This contribution focuses on the design strategy for the model.

  3. Uncertainty Assessment of Soil Hydraulic Parameter Estimated From Cokriging and Artificial Neural Network

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    Deng, H.; Ye, M.; Schaap, M. G.; Khaleel, R.

    2007-12-01

    To characterize heterogeneity of soil hydraulic parameters, we developed a method to incorporate measurements of soil texture, bulk density, soil hydraulic parameter, and moisture content. The method first uses cokriging to estimate heterogeneous soil texture and bulk density (pedotransfer variables) using the moisture content as secondary variables that are abundant at the site. The heterogeneous pedotransfer variables are then used as input to an artificial neural network (ANN) developed to estimate heterogeneous soil hydraulic parameters, which are then used to simulate a field injection experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, WA. Although a large amount of uncertainty exists in the cokriging and ANN estimates, only the mean estimates are used for the numerical simulation. It is unknown to what extent the estimation uncertainty of cokriging and ANN affects the simulated injection experiment, and hence the motivation for this study. The uncertainty of parameter estimates is investigated in two steps. First, uncertainty of the ANN estimates is quantified using mean and variance of the estimates obtained from a bootstrap method. A total of 10,000 bootstraps are generated to obtain a statistically meaningful variance. The bootstrap estimates are Gaussian. A Latin Hypercube Sampling (LHS) method is used to generate 10 realizations from the entire distribution. A Monte Carlo simulation is conducted to evaluate propagation of uncertainty of the ANN estimates via numerical simulation of the field injection experiment. In the second step, uncertainty of cokriging estimates is assessed in a similar manner. Based on cokriging mean and variance and the assumed Gaussian distribution of cokriging estimates, 10 realizations of the pedotransfer variables are generated using the LHS method. For each of the realization, 10 realizations of soil hydraulic parameters are generated by the ANN. As a result, a total 100 realizations of the soil hydraulic parameters are generated for a Monte Carlo simulation. Uncertainty of the simulated injection experiment is evaluated next. Results indicate that the uncertainty of the cokriging estimates affects the injection experiment simulations considerably more than uncertainty of the ANN estimates.

  4. Pharmaceuticals' sorptions relative to properties of thirteen different soils.

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    Kodešová, Radka; Grabic, Roman; Kočárek, Martin; Klement, Aleš; Golovko, Oksana; Fér, Miroslav; Nikodem, Antonín; Jakšík, Ondřej

    2015-04-01

    Transport of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals in soils and consequent ground-water contamination are influenced by many factors, including compound sorption on soil particles. Here we evaluate the sorption isotherms for 7 pharmaceuticals on 13 soils, described by Freundlich equations, and assess the impact of soil properties on various pharmaceuticals' sorption on soils. Sorption of ionizable pharmaceuticals was, in many cases, highly affected by soil pH. The sorption coefficient of sulfamethoxazole was negatively correlated to soil pH, and thus positively related to hydrolytic acidity and exchangeable acidity. Sorption coefficients for clindamycin and clarithromycin were positively related to soil pH and thus negatively related to hydrolytic acidity and exchangeable acidity, and positively related to base cation saturation. The sorption coefficients for the remaining pharmaceuticals (trimethoprim, metoprolol, atenolol, and carbamazepine) were also positively correlated with the base cation saturation and cation exchange capacity. Positive correlations between sorption coefficients and clay content were found for clindamycin, clarithromycin, atenolol, and metoprolol. Positive correlations between sorption coefficients and organic carbon content were obtained for trimethoprim and carbamazepine. Pedotransfer rules for predicting sorption coefficients of various pharmaceuticals included hydrolytic acidity (sulfamethoxazole), organic carbon content (trimethoprimand carbamazepine), base cation saturation (atenolol and metoprolol), exchangeable acidity and clay content (clindamycin), and soil active pH and clay content (clarithromycin). Pedotransfer rules, predicting the Freundlich sorption coefficients, could be applied for prediction of pharmaceutical mobility in soils with similar soil properties. Predicted sorption coefficients together with pharmaceutical half-lives and other imputes (e.g., soil-hydraulic, geological, hydro-geological, climatic) may be used for assessing potential ground-water contamination. PMID:25569579

  5. Determination of pore size distribution and hydraulic properties using nuclear magnetic resonance relaxometry: A comparative study of laboratory methods

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    Stingaciu, L. R.; Weihermüller, L.; Haber-Pohlmeier, S.; Stapf, S.; Vereecken, H.; Pohlmeier, A.

    2010-11-01

    In this study, we evaluate the feasibility of using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxometry measurements to characterize pore size distribution and hydraulic properties in four porous samples with different texture and composition. We compare NMR with two classical techniques based on water retention and mercury intrusion measurements. Both T2 and T1 NMR relaxation measurements at 6.47 MHz were carried out for three saturated model samples (medium sand, fine sand, and a homogenous sand/kaolin clay mixture) and one saturated natural silt loam soil. Cumulative pore size distribution functions and mean pore diameters were calculated assuming average surface relaxivity parameters and a cylindrical capillary model of the pores. The mean pore diameters derived from T2 and T1 distributions as well as the cumulative pore size distribution functions agree satisfactorily with those derived from mercury intrusion and retention curves. The observed deviations are due to limitations of each method, sample preparation, and sample composition. To evaluate the influence of the variations observed in the hydraulic properties of the samples, the pore size distribution functions were scaled back to water retention functions, and the van Genuchten hydraulic parameters were estimated by inversion using the RETC software. The comparison shows that both T2 and T1 NMR relaxation measurements can be used to estimate pore size distribution and mean pore diameter, as well as the retention function and corresponding hydraulic properties.

  6. Vital Soil: Function, Value and Properties.

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    This article is a review of the book, Vital Soil: Function, Value and Properties. Soil vitality has been defined as the ability of soil ecosystems to stay in balance in a changing world. The soil environment and the life that it supports developed over centuries and millennia, but careless human ac...

  7. Comparison of empirical, semi-empirical and physically based models of soil hydraulic functions derived for bi-modal soils.

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    Kutílek, M; Jendele, L; Krejca, M

    2009-02-16

    The accelerated flow in soil pores is responsible for a rapid transport of pollutants from the soil surface to deeper layers up to groundwater. The term preferential flow is used for this type of transport. Our study was aimed at the preferential flow realized in the structural porous domain in bi-modal soils. We compared equations describing the soil water retention function h(theta) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity K(h), eventually K(theta) modified for bi-modal soils, where theta is the soil water content and h is the pressure head. The analytical description of a curve passing experimental data sets of the soil hydraulic function is typical for the empirical equation characterized by fitting parameters only. If the measured data are described by the equation derived by the physical model without using fitting parameters, we speak about a physically based model. There exist several transitional subtypes between empirical and physically based models. They are denoted as semi-empirical, or semi-physical. We tested 3 models of soil water retention function and 3 models of unsaturated conductivity using experimental data sets of sand, silt, silt loam and loam. All used soils are typical by their bi-modality of the soil porous system. The model efficiency was estimated by RMSE (Root mean square error) and by RSE (Relative square error). The semi-empirical equation of the soil water retention function had the lowest values of RMSE and RSE and was qualified as "optimal" for the formal description of the shape of the water retention function. With this equation, the fit of the modelled data to experiments was the closest one. The fitting parameters smoothed the difference between the model and the physical reality of the soil porous media. The physical equation based upon the model of the pore size distribution did not allow exact fitting of the modelled data to the experimental data due to the rigidity and simplicity of the physical model when compared to the real soil porous system. On the other hand, the "optimal" unsaturated conductivity equation was obtained for a model based on the pore size distribution where the additional fitting parameters allowed a good agreement between the model and the reality of the measured data. We denoted this equation as semi-physical. PMID:19022525

  8. Comparison of empirical, semi-empirical and physically based models of soil hydraulic functions derived for bi-modal soils

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    Kutílek, M.; Jendele, L.; Krejča, M.

    2009-02-01

    The accelerated flow in soil pores is responsible for a rapid transport of pollutants from the soil surface to deeper layers up to groundwater. The term preferential flow is used for this type of transport. Our study was aimed at the preferential flow realized in the structural porous domain in bi-modal soils. We compared equations describing the soil water retention function h( θ) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity K( h), eventually K( θ) modified for bi-modal soils, where θ is the soil water content and h is the pressure head. The analytical description of a curve passing experimental data sets of the soil hydraulic function is typical for the empirical equation characterized by fitting parameters only. If the measured data are described by the equation derived by the physical model without using fitting parameters, we speak about a physically based model. There exist several transitional subtypes between empirical and physically based models. They are denoted as semi-empirical, or semi-physical. We tested 3 models of soil water retention function and 3 models of unsaturated conductivity using experimental data sets of sand, silt, silt loam and loam. All used soils are typical by their bi-modality of the soil porous system. The model efficiency was estimated by RMSE (Root mean square error) and by RSE (Relative square error). The semi-empirical equation of the soil water retention function had the lowest values of RMSE and RSE and was qualified as "optimal" for the formal description of the shape of the water retention function. With this equation, the fit of the modelled data to experiments was the closest one. The fitting parameters smoothed the difference between the model and the physical reality of the soil porous media. The physical equation based upon the model of the pore size distribution did not allow exact fitting of the modelled data to the experimental data due to the rigidity and simplicity of the physical model when compared to the real soil porous system. On the other hand, the "optimal" unsaturated conductivity equation was obtained for a model based on the pore size distribution where the additional fitting parameters allowed a good agreement between the model and the reality of the measured data. We denoted this equation as semi-physical.

  9. [Effects of Cultivation Soil Properties on the Transport of Genetically Engineered Microorganism in Huabei Plain].

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    Zhang, Jing; Liu, Ping; Liu, Chun; Chen, Xiao-xuan; Zhang, Lei

    2015-12-01

    The transport of genetically engineered microorganism (GEM) in the soil is considered to be the important factor influencing the enhanced bioremediation of polluted soil. The transport of an atrazine-degrading GEM and its influencing factors were investigated in the saturated cultivation soil of Huabei Plain. The results showed that horizontal infiltration was the main mechanism of GEM transport in the saturated cultivation soil. The transport process could be simulated using the filtration model. Soil properties showed significant effects on pore water flow and GEM transport in saturated soil. When particle size, porosity and sand component of the soil increased, the hydraulic conductivity constant increased and filtration coefficient of GEM decreased in saturated soil, indicating the reduced retention of GEM in the soil. An increase in infiltration flow also increased hydraulic conductivity constant in saturated soil and consequently decreased filtration coefficient of GEM. When hydraulic conductivity constants ranged from 5.02 m · d⁻¹ to 6.70 m · d⁻¹ in the saturated soil, the filtration coefficients of GEM varied from 0.105 to 0.274. There was a significantly negative correlation between them. PMID:27012008

  10. CRITERIA FOR DYNAMIC SOIL PROPERTY SELECTION FOR SOIL SURVEY

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Reference data on dynamic soil properties are increasingly demanded by land managers, policy makers and the general public. We need properties that reflect both current capacity of the soil to support production and other ecosystem services and others that reflect capacity to maintain or increase t...

  11. A Catalog of Vadose Zone Hydraulic Properties for the Hanford Site

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    Freeman, Eugene J.; Khaleel, Raziuddin; Heller, Paula R.

    2002-09-30

    To predict contaminant release to the groundwater, it is necessary to understand the hydraulic properties of the material between the release point and the water table. Measurements of the hydraulic properties of the Hanford unsaturated sediments that buffer the water table are available from many areas of the site; however, the documentation is not well cataloged nor is it easily accessible. The purpose of this report is to identify what data is available for characterization of the unsaturated hydraulic properties at Hanford and Where these data can be found.

  12. Transition to saturation in a gradually layered soil: effect of the hydraulic conductivity decrease with depth

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    Peli, M.; Barontini, S.; Ranzi, R.

    2012-04-01

    The soil hydraulic conductivity at saturation Ks typically decreases with depth across the upper soil layers, thus strongly characterising the water partitioning and playing an important role in the groundwater recharge. Peaks of water content and perched waters can in fact take place even if the porosity and the soil-water retention relationship are homogeneous, and if the soil lies on a capillary barrier. Aiming at better understanding these processes, a one dimensional infiltration at constant rate, into a finite depth gradually layered soil, was numerically investigated by means of Hydrus1D and compared with theoretical approaches. Ks was assumed to exponentially decrease with depth and the soil to be saturated at the bottom. After a preliminar dimensional analysis on the basis of the Buckigham π-theorem, two sets of simulations were performed, in order to investigate a strongly Ks-decreasing soil and a more homogeneous one. According to an analytical solution of the Richards equation, peaks of water content onset at the soil surface and they are enveloped as the maximum water content moves downward. Then either the saturation is reached within the soil, thus leading to a perched water table which rapidly reaches steady conditions, or the peak vanishes. In this case, depending on the infiltration rate, a perched water can anyway onset growing from the bottom of the domain, or the solution can recover its monotonicity allowing a water flow to take place in the direction of the increasing water content. The infiltration rate at which the soil is lead to waterlogging depends on the whole Ks profile and it is therefore less than the Ks of the upper soil layer.

  13. Physical and hydraulic characteristics of bentonite-amended soil from Area 5, Nevada Test Site

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    Albright, W.

    1995-08-01

    Radioactive waste requires significant isolation from the biosphere. Shallow land burial using low-permeability covers are often used to prevent the release of impounded material. This report details the characterization of a soil mixture intended for use as the low-permeability component of a radioactive waste disposal site. The addition of 6.5 percent bentonite to the sandy soils of the site reduced the value of saturated hydraulic conductivity (K{sub s}) by more than two orders of magnitude to 7.6 {times} 10{minus}{sup 8} cm/sec. Characterization of the soil mixture included measurements of grain density, grain size distribution, compaction, porosity, dry bulk density, shear strength, desiccation shrinkage, K{sub s}, vapor conductivity, air permeability, the characteristic water retention function, and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity by both experimental and numerical estimation methods. The ability of the soil layer to limit infiltration in a simulated application was estimated in a one-dimensional model of a landfill cover.

  14. Applicability of Different Hydraulic Parameters to Describe Soil Detachment in Eroding Rills

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    Wirtz, Stefan; Seeger, Manuel; Zell, Andreas; Wagner, Christian; Wagner, Jean-Frank; Ries, Johannes B.

    2013-01-01

    This study presents the comparison of experimental results with assumptions used in numerical models. The aim of the field experiments is to test the linear relationship between different hydraulic parameters and soil detachment. For example correlations between shear stress, unit length shear force, stream power, unit stream power and effective stream power and the detachment rate does not reveal a single parameter which consistently displays the best correlation. More importantly, the best fit does not only vary from one experiment to another, but even between distinct measurement points. Different processes in rill erosion are responsible for the changing correlations. However, not all these procedures are considered in soil erosion models. Hence, hydraulic parameters alone are not sufficient to predict detachment rates. They predict the fluvial incising in the rill's bottom, but the main sediment sources are not considered sufficiently in its equations. The results of this study show that there is still a lack of understanding of the physical processes underlying soil erosion. Exerted forces, soil stability and its expression, the abstraction of the detachment and transport processes in shallow flowing water remain still subject of unclear description and dependence. PMID:23717669

  15. Transfer of Physical and Hydraulic Properties Databases to the Hanford Environmental Information System - PNNL Remediation Decision Support Project, Task 1, Activity 6

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    Rockhold, Mark L.; Middleton, Lisa A.

    2009-03-31

    This report documents the requirements for transferring physical and hydraulic property data compiled by PNNL into the Hanford Environmental Information System (HEIS). The Remediation Decision Support (RDS) Project is managed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to support Hanford Site waste management and remedial action decisions by the U.S. Department of Energy and one of their current site contractors - CH2M-Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC). The objective of Task 1, Activity 6 of the RDS project is to compile all available physical and hydraulic property data for sediments from the Hanford Site, to port these data into the Hanford Environmental Information System (HEIS), and to make the data web-accessible to anyone on the Hanford Local Area Network via the so-called Virtual Library.1 These physical and hydraulic property data are used to estimate parameters for analytical and numerical flow and transport models that are used for site risk assessments and evaluation of remedial action alternatives. In past years efforts were made by RDS project staff to compile all available physical and hydraulic property data for Hanford sediments and to transfer these data into SoilVision{reg_sign}, a commercial geotechnical software package designed for storing, analyzing, and manipulating soils data. Although SoilVision{reg_sign} has proven to be useful, its access and use restrictions have been recognized as a limitation to the effective use of the physical and hydraulic property databases by the broader group of potential users involved in Hanford waste site issues. In order to make these data more widely available and useable, a decision was made to port them to HEIS and to make them web-accessible via a Virtual Library module. In FY08 the original objectives of this activity on the RDS project were to: (1) ensure traceability and defensibility of all physical and hydraulic property data currently residing in the SoilVision{reg_sign} database maintained by PNNL, (2) transfer the physical and hydraulic property data from the Microsoft Access database files used by SoilVision{reg_sign} into HEIS, which is currently being maintained by CHRPC, (3) develop a Virtual Library module for accessing these data from HEIS, and (4) write a User's Manual for the Virtual Library module. The intent of these activities is to make the available physical and hydraulic property data more readily accessible and useable by technical staff and operable unit managers involved in waste site assessments and remedial action decisions for Hanford. In FY08 communications were established between PNNL and staff from Fluor-Hanford Co. (who formerly managed HEIS) to outline the design of a Virtual Library module that could be used to access the physical and hydraulic property data that are to be transferred into HEIS. Data dictionaries used by SoilVision{reg_sign} were also provided to Fluor-Hanford personnel (who are now with CHPRC). During ongoing work to ensure traceability and defensibility of all physical and hydraulic property data that currently reside in the SoilVision{reg_sign} database, it was recognized that further work would be required in this effort before the data were actually ported into HEIS. Therefore work on the Virtual Library module development and an accompanying User's Guide was deferred until an unspecified later date. In FY09 efforts have continued to verify the traceability and defensibility of the physical and hydraulic property datasets that are currently being maintained by PNNL. Although this is a work in progress, several of these datasets should be ready for transfer to HEIS in the very near future. This document outlines a plan for the migration of these datasets into HEIS.

  16. Effects of biochar amendment on geotechnical properties of landfill cover soil.

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    Reddy, Krishna R; Yaghoubi, Poupak; Yukselen-Aksoy, Yeliz

    2015-06-01

    Biochar is a carbon-rich product obtained when plant-based biomass is heated in a closed container with little or no available oxygen. Biochar-amended soil has the potential to serve as a landfill cover material that can oxidise methane emissions for two reasons: biochar amendment can increase the methane retention time and also enhance the biological activity that can promote the methanotrophic oxidation of methane. Hydraulic conductivity, compressibility and shear strength are the most important geotechnical properties that are required for the design of effective and stable landfill cover systems, but no studies have been reported on these properties for biochar-amended landfill cover soils. This article presents physicochemical and geotechnical properties of a biochar, a landfill cover soil and biochar-amended soils. Specifically, the effects of amending 5%, 10% and 20% biochar (of different particle sizes as produced, size-20 and size-40) to soil on its physicochemical properties, such as moisture content, organic content, specific gravity and pH, as well as geotechnical properties, such as hydraulic conductivity, compressibility and shear strength, were determined from laboratory testing. Soil or biochar samples were prepared by mixing them with 20% deionised water based on dry weight. Samples of soil amended with 5%, 10% and 20% biochar (w/w) as-is or of different select sizes, were also prepared at 20% initial moisture content. The results show that the hydraulic conductivity of the soil increases, compressibility of the soil decreases and shear strength of the soil increases with an increase in the biochar amendment, and with a decrease in biochar particle size. Overall, the study revealed that biochar-amended soils can possess excellent geotechnical properties to serve as stable landfill cover materials. PMID:25898984

  17. Relationship of catchment topography and soil hydraulic characteristics to lake alkalinity in the northeastern United States

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    Wolock, D.M.; Hornberger, G.M.; Beven, K.J.; Campbell, W.G.

    1989-01-01

    The authors undertook the task of determining whether base flow alkalinity of surface waters in the northeastern United States is related to indices of soil contact time and flow path partitioning that are derived from topographic and soils information. The influence of topography and soils on catchment hydrology has been incorporated previously in the variable source area model TOPMODEL as the relative frequency distribution of ln(a/Kb tan B), where ln is the Naperian logarithm, a is the area drained per unit contour, K is the saturated hydraulic conductivity, b is the soil depth, and tan B is the slope. Using digital elevation and soil survey data, the authors calculated the ln (a/Kb tan B) distribution for 145 catchments. Indices of flow path partitioning and soil contact time were derived from the ln(a/Kb tan B) distributions and compared to measurements of alkalinity in lakes to which the catchments drain. They found that alkalinity was, in general, positively correlated with the index of soil contact time, whereas the correlation between alkalinity and the flow path partitioning index was weak at best. A portion of the correlation between the soil contact time index and alkalinity was attributable to covariation with soil base saturation and cation exchange capacity, while another portion was found to be independent of these factors. Although their results indicate that catchments with long soil contact time indices are most likely to produce high alkalinity base flow, a sensitivity analysis of TOPMODEL suggests that surface waters of these same watersheds may be susceptible to alkalinity depressions during storm events, due to the role of flow paths.

  18. Relationship between hydraulic conductivity and formation factor of coarse-grained soils as a function of particle size

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    Choo, H.; Kim, J.; Lee, W.; Lee, C.

    2016-04-01

    This theoretical and experimental study investigates the variations of both the hydraulic conductivity and the electrical conductivity of coarse-grained soils as a function of pore water conductivity, porosity, and median particle size, with the ultimate goal of developing the relationship between the hydraulic conductivity (K) and the formation factor (F) in coarse-grained soils as a function of particle size. To monitor the variations of both the hydraulic conductivity and electrical conductivity (formation factor) of six sands with varying particle sizes, a series of hydraulic conductivity tests were conducted using a modified constant head permeameter equipped with a four electrode resistivity probe. It is demonstrated that K of the tested coarse-grained soils is mainly determined by the porosity and particle size. In contrast, the effect of particle size on the measured electrical conductivity (or F) is negligible, and the variation of F of the tested soils is mainly determined by porosity. Because the porosity may act as a connecting characteristic between K and F, the relation between them in coarse-grained soils can be expressed as a function of particle size. Finally, simple charts are developed for estimating the hydraulic conductivity of coarse-grained soils from the measured particle sizes and formations factors.

  19. Quantifying the impact of livestock grazing on soil physical properties

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    Fučík, Petr; Zajíček, Antonín; Holubík, Ondřej

    2014-05-01

    Livestock grazing is considered to have a noticeable influence on soil properties, when pedocompaction / soil pore reduction induced either by cattle or sheeps may curtail water residence time and accelerate the beginning and volume of overland flow. However, direct measurements of soil physical parameters and their changes under different pastoral management are seldom reported in central European conditions. Knowledge about these alterations are indispensable for setting the proper, soil and water conservative grazing management in the view of increasing areas of pastures, not only in the Czech Republic. Impact of cattle grazing on changes of soil properties was studied in three experimental upland catchments in the Czech Republic, differing in soil characteristics and grazing management. Values of soil saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks), assessed three times a year in-situ during 2012 - 2013 with pressure infiltrometers, were compared for grazed and ungrazed cambisols, pseudogleys and gleysols, for grazing intensity ranging from 0.5 to 2 Livestock units / ha. Soil bulk density (BD) and macroporosity (MP) were determined before and after grazing season every year with ring 100 cm3 steel cyllinders. These parameters were measured also on heavily treaded plots by cattle - hotspots - in each catchment. Ks values on grazed plots were significantly lower (on average by 39 - 66 %) than on ungrazed sites, BD values were reduced on average by 15 % and MP values were lower roughly about 22 % on grazed plots. Ks values on hotspots were lower by 50 - 90 %, BD values by 5 - 18 % and MP values by 8 - 28 % comparing to the rest of grazed areas. Decrease of soil infiltration capacity was influenced by grazing intensity and soil characteristics. The greatest reductions concerning infiltration capacity were manifested in soils being periodically waterlogged (either by surface or by groundwater). A profound influence on the infiltration process was revealed in pasture soils rich on biotite, which together with clay minerals and the pseudogleyization process created an almost unpermeable layer, somewhere already in 25 cm below the surface. Off the grazing season, soils were recovering and in spring reached nearly similar properties, except for the hotspots, concerning the infiltration ability, as ungrazed soils. This research was supported by Czech Ministry of Agriculture, grant no. QI111C034.

  20. The Influence of Glass Leachate on the Hydraulic, Physical, Mineralogical and Sorptive Properties of Hanford Sediment

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    Kaplan, Daniel I.; Serne, R. Jeffrey; Schaef, Herbert T.; Lindenmeier, Clark W.; Parker, Kent E.; Owen, Antionette T.; McCready, David E.; Young, James S.

    2003-08-26

    The Immobilized Low Activity Waste (ILAW) generated from the Hanford Site will be disposed of in a vitrified form. It is expected that leachate from the vitrified waste will have a high pH and high ionic strength. The objective of this study was to determine the influence of glass leachate on the hydraulic, physical, mineralogical, and sorptive properties of Hanford sediments. Our approach was to put solutions of NaOH, a simplified surrogate for glass leachate, in contact with quartz sand, a simplified surrogate for the Hanford subsurface sediment, and Warden soil, an actual Hanford sediment. Following contact with three different concentrations of sodium hydroxide solutions, changes in hydraulic conductivity, porosity, moisture retention, mineralogy, aqueous chemistry, and soil-radionuclide distribution coefficients were determined. Under chemical conditions approaching the most caustic glass leachate conditions predicted in the near-field of the ILAW disposal site, approximated by 0.3 M NaOH, significant changes in mineralogy were observed. The clay minerals of the Hanford sediment evidenced the greatest dissolution thereby increasing the relative proportions of the more resistant minerals, e.g., quartz, feldspar, and calcite, in the remaining mass. Some re-precipitation of solids (mostly amorphous gels) was observed after caustic contact with both solids; these precipitates increased the moisture retention in both sediments, likely because of water retained within the gel coatings. The hydraulic conductivities were slightly lower but, because of experimental artifacts, these reductions should not be considered significant. Thus, there does not seem to be large differences in the hydraulic properties of the quartz sand or Warden silt loam soil after 192 days of contact with caustic fluids similar to glass leachate. The long term projected impact of the increased moisture retention has not been evaluated but likely will not make past simplified performance projections invalid. Despite the fact that some clay minerals, smectites and kaolinite, almost totally dissolved within a year of contact with 3.0 M NaOH (and by inference after longer time frames for 0.3 M NaOH, a more realistic surrogate for ILAW glass leachate) other sorbing minerals such as illite and chlorite do not appreciably react. The net result on sorption of common and risk relevant mobile radionuclides is not expected to be significant. Specifically, little change in Cs-Kd values and a significant increase in Sr-Kd values were measured in the simulated glass leachates versus natural groundwater. The difference in the sorptive responses of the radionuclides was attributed to differences in sorption mechanisms (Cs sorbs strongly to high-energy sites, whereas Sr sorbs primarily by cation exchange but also is sensitive to pH mediated precipitation reactions). Caustic treated sediments contacted with NaOH solutions radiotraced with Sr exhibited high Kd’s likely because of precipitation with CaCO3. In caustic solutions there was no appreciable adsorption for the three anions I-, SeO42-, or TcO4-. In the “far field” vadose zone in past performance projections, some sorption has been allowed for selenate. Even if the caustic glass leachate completely dominates the entire vadose zone below the repository, such that there will be no sorption of selenate, the dilution and pH neutralization that will occur in the upper unconfined aquifer will allow selenate adsorption to occur onto the aquifer sediments. It is recommended that a future performance assessment sensitivity run be performed to address this point.

  1. Porosity factors that control the hydraulic conductivity of soil-saprolite transitional zones

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    Vepraskas, M.J.; Guertal, W.R.; Kleiss, H.J.; Amoozegar, A.

    1996-01-01

    Slowly permeable transitional horizons separate soil and saprolite, but these horizons cannot be identified easily in the field. The objectives of this study were to determine why the soil-saprolite transitional zone (BC and CB horizons) is slowly permeable, and to evaluate ways for identifying it in the field. Two saprolite deposits were studied in the North Carolina Piedmont. At each site, saturated and unsaturated hydraulic conductivities (Ksat and Kunsat) were measured for major horizons. Volume fractions of water-conducting pores were also compared with the changes in hydraulic conductivity with depth. Horizon mean Ksat values at both sites ranged from virtually 0 to approximately 3 cm h-1. The lowest Ksat values (<0.3 cm h-1) occurred in or near the transitional horizons that were directly below the Bt horizons. Changes in the volume of pores within or between mineral grains (termed inter/intraparticle pores) with depth corresponded to changes in both Ksat and Kunsat. In the transitional horizons, the inter/intraparticle pores were plugged with clay and this caused the horizons to have low K values. In situ measurements of Ksat with depth were the most accurate technique to use for identifying transitional zones in the field. Examination of both the soil and rock structures in pits was also an acceptable technique. Texture and consistence were not considered reliable for pin-pointing transitional horizons.

  2. Development and Hydraulic Action of Vegetation Growing From Soil Bioengineering Structures

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    Vollsinger, S.; Rauch, H.-P.; Meixner, H.

    In 1997 and 1998 a test flume was laid out at the Wien river near Vienna, to investigate soil bioengineering methods and their hydraulic effects. Four different soil bioengineering methods were used for bank protection, i.e. brush mattresses with willows, fascine layers, branch layers and willow cuttings. Four and five years after construction, important differences between methods are now becom- ing visible in terms of growth, functionality and damage. The development of individ- ual plants and the entire population is described by - the number of shoots per plant and per m2 (i.e. density), - their basal diameter and the diameter at a height of one metre, - their length, - the shape of their crown. Differences between the soil bioengineering methods are mainly related to the plant's water supply, which leads to a variation in the density of the populations. Typical deficiencies and losses are described phenologically and explained by the drag force of the water acting along different axes of the plant. Growing plants serve as a roughness element in the cross-section, by becoming taller, more rigid and shrubbier although less numerous. This hydraulic influence is de- scribed by the comparison of water levels, which were measured over a period of four years at the same profile and discharge volume. It is shown that the growth of the bank vegetation has a damming-up effect and thus causes the observed water levels to rise significantly.

  3. Hydraulic properties of surface mine spoils of the northern Appalachian Plateau

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    Hawkins, J.W.

    1998-12-31

    Aquifer tests were conducted on over 125 mine spoil wells from 18 surface mines located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. These tests (primarily slug tests) were used to determine the range, variability, and predictability of surface mine spoil hydraulic properties (hydraulic conductivity and transmissivity). Test results show that hydraulic properties of mine spoil aquifers are highly variable and relatively unpredictable. Hydraulic conductivity ranged over 7 orders of magnitude from a very low permeability of 4.45 {times} 10{sup {minus}9} m/s to a highly transmissive 7.58 {times} 10{sup {minus}2} m/s. The hydraulic conductivity measured at mines with 5 or more wells frequently ranged over 3 orders of magnitude and none ranged less than one. A few statistical relationships between geologic and mining conditions and the hydraulic properties were observed. Spoil aquifers that were under 30 months old and those over 100 months old exhibited significantly lower (95% confidence level) hydraulic conductivities than those between 30 and 100 months old. The influence of spoil lithology on the hydraulic conductivity does not appear to be strong, probably because of masking by other factors introduced during reclamation. No significant trends were observed between spoil thickness and hydraulic conductivity. A comparison of hydraulic conductivity derived from slug and constant-discharge tests performed on the same wells indicate that slug tests tend to yield lower values. A few spoil wells exhibited an oscillatory water-level response during slug testing, similar to that observed during testing of some karst and glacial aquifers.

  4. Coarse fragments affects soil properties in a mantled-karst landscape of the Ozark Highlands

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    This paper investigates the effect of rock fragments on soil physical hydraulic properties within the mantled karst landscapes of the Savoy Experimental Watershed (SEW), a setting typical of much of the Ozark Plateaus. Water resources in these settings are highly susceptible to contamination. As a r...

  5. Uncertainty in the determination of soil hydraulic parameters and its influence on the performance of two hydrological models of different complexity.

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    Baroni, G.; Facchi, A.; Gandolfi, C.; Ortuani, B.; Horeschi, D.; van Dam, J. C.

    2009-04-01

    Measurements of soil hydraulic properties is often a limiting factor in unsaturated zone modelling, especially at the larger scales. Investigations for the hydraulic characterization of soils are troublesome and the accuracy of the results obtained by the different methodologies is still under discussion. Therefore it is licit to wonder whether, in the simulation of water dynamics in the unsaturated zone, the uncertainty in the determination of the soil hydraulic parameters could be so high to become more important than the modelling approach selected for the simulation. In order to explore this issue, in this research the data collected in an intensive monitoring activity conducted in 2006 during the cropping season of a 10 ha maize field located in Northern Italy (Landriano - PV), were used to: i) compare different methods for determining soil hydraulic parameters and ii) evaluate the effect of the uncertainty in these parameters on different outputs (i.e. evapotranspiration, water content in the root zone, fluxes through the bottom boundary of the root zone) of two hydrological models of different complexity: SWAP, a widely used model of soil moisture dynamics in unsaturated soils based on Richards equation, and ALHyMUS, a conceptual model of the same dynamics based on a reservoir cascade scheme. Five are the direct and indirect methods executed to determine soil hydraulic parameters for each horizon of the experimental profile, two based on a parameter optimization to fit: a) the laboratory measured retention and hydraulic conductivity data and b) the field measured retention and hydraulic conductivity data; and three based on the application of widely used Pedo-Transfer Functions to the measurements of texture and organic matter: c) Rawls and Brakensiek (1989); d) HYPRES (Wösten et al., 1999); and e) ROSETTA (Schaap et al., 2001). Simulations were run using meteorological, irrigation and crop data measured at the experimental site for the time period June - October 2006. Results confirm the existence of a wide range of variation of the soil hydraulic parameter values evaluated with the different methods, remarkably in the case of the saturated hydraulic conductivity Ksat and the shape parameter alpha of the V-G curve (Van Genuchten, 1980). This is reflected in a variability which is, as expected, different for each model's output. This variability, in the case of the water content in the root zone and of the fluxes at the bottom of the root zone is found to be often larger than the difference between the same output simulated by the two models. Finally, it is shown that a good agreement in soil moisture patterns may occur even if evapotranspiration and percolation fluxes are significantly different, therefore multiple output variables shall be considered to test the performances of methods and models.

  6. Hydraulic redistribution in dwarf Rhizophora mangle trees driven by interstitial soil water salinity gradients: impacts on hydraulic architecture and gas exchange.

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    Hao, Guang-You; Jones, Tim J; Luton, Corene; Zhang, Yong-Jiang; Manzane, Eric; Scholz, Fabian G; Bucci, Sandra J; Cao, Kun-Fang; Goldstein, Guillermo

    2009-05-01

    Rhizophora mangle L. trees of Biscayne National Park (Florida, USA) have two distinct growth forms: tall trees (5-10 m) growing along the coast and dwarf trees (1 m or less) growing in the adjacent inland zone. Sharp decreases in salinity and thus increases in soil water potential from surface soil to about a depth of 1 m were found at the dwarf mangrove site but not at the tall mangrove site. Consistent with our prediction, hydraulic redistribution detected by reverse sap flow in shallow prop roots was observed during nighttime, early morning and late afternoon in dwarf trees, but not in tall trees. In addition, hydraulic redistribution was observed throughout the 24-h period during a low temperature spell. Dwarf trees had significantly lower sapwood-specific hydraulic conductivity, smaller stem vessel diameter, lower leaf area to sapwood area ratio (LA/SA), smaller leaf size and higher leaf mass per area. Leaves of dwarf trees had lower CO(2) assimilation rate and lower stomatal conductance compared to tall trees. Leaf water potentials at midday were more negative in tall trees that are consistent with their substantially higher stomatal conductance and LA/SA. The substantially lower water transport efficiency and the more conservative water use of dwarf trees may be due to a combination of factors such as high salinity in the surface soil, particularly during dry periods, and substantial reverse sap flow in shallow roots that make upper soil layers with high salinity a competing sink of water to the transpiring leaves. There may also be a benefit for the dwarf trees in having hydraulic redistribution because the reverse flow and the release of water to upper soil layers should lead to dilution of the high salinity in the rhizosphere and thus relieve its potential harm to dwarf R. mangle trees. PMID:19324702

  7. Challenges associated with sampling dynamic soil properties

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    The determination of dynamic soil properties (DSPs) for agricultural practices poses significant challenges, particularly in the context of values derived as part of the National Soil Survey. Although DSPs have been defined as those properties that change over human time scales, limits on the time ...

  8. Effect of spatial variability of soil properties on infiltration

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    Domenech, Marisa; Castro Franco, Mauricio; Aparicio, Virginia; Costa, José Luis

    2013-04-01

    Topography and soil properties are key determinants of spatial variability of water content. Prediction of soil hydraulic properties are essential for modeling water flow and solute transport. In the southeastern of Buenos Aires Province, the effect of the relief on soil spatial variability is result of the relationship between elevation and effective depth (ED). Digital elevation models (DEM) provide quantitive information about relief. The objective was to determine the effect of spatial variability of soil properties on infiltration. The field was 50 ha and the soil classes were vertic Hapludoll, typic and petrocalcic Argiudoll. ED was measured using Gidding_Soil_Sampler® in 30x30m grid size. Elevation data were measured ussing a DGPS Trimble_R3®. From this, a DEM was generated. Two elevation and ED areas were delineated named High and Low zones. Three soil samples were taken at each zone with three replications at depth 0-30 and 30-90 cm. Texture, bulk density (δb) and organic matter (OM) were determined. A disc infiltrometer was used to determine the water infiltration rate (i). Clay content (As) and OM were homogeneous in the profile of the High zone. However, As content at 30-90 cm decreased in the Low zone. At the High zone, δb ranged from 1.31 to 1.34 g cm-3 and was higher than at the Low zone (δb=1.16 - 1.27 g cm-3). Also the i had less variation at the High zone. Under pressure head of -1 cm , the i increased in the Low zone. At lower pressure heads, the i was greater in the High zone. Higher i at the Low zone could be due to major ED, textural heterogeneity and higher OM content. Textural homogeneity, shallow ED and high δb allowed a more stable i at the High zone. Using topography and ED is a promising way of characterizing soil hydraulic behavior and its spatial variability across a field.

  9. Hydraulic properties of coarsely and finely ground woodchips

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    Subroy, Vandana; Giménez, Daniel; Qin, Mingming; Krogmann, Uta; Strom, Peter F.; Miskewitz, Robert J.

    2014-09-01

    Recent evidence suggests that leachate from woodchips stockpiled at recycling facilities could negatively impact water quality. Models that can be used to simulate water movement/leachate production require information on water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions of the stockpiled material. The objectives of this study were to (1) determine water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions of woodchips with particle size distributions (PSDs) representative of field stockpiled material by modeling multistep outflow and (2) assess the performance of three pore structure models for their ability to simulate outflow. Six samples with contrasting PSDs were assessed in duplicate. Samples were packed in cylindrical columns (15.3 cm high, 12.1 cm wide) to measure saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks), cumulative outflow and water content at equilibrium with pressure potentials of -2, -10 and -40 cm. Water retention at pressure potentials between -200 and -10,000 cm were obtained using pressure plate extractors and used to supplement data from the outflow experiment. Hydraulic parameters of the pore models were derived from these measurements using HYDRUS-1D run by DREAM(ZS). Ks was independent of PSD with values between 55 and 80 cm/h. Cumulative outflow at each pressure potential was correlated with the PSD geometric mean diameters, and was best predicted by a model having two interacting pore domains, each with separate hydraulic conductivity and water retention functions (DPeM). Unsaturated conductivities were predicted to drop on an average to 0.24 cm/h at -10 cm and 3 × 10-3 cm/h at -50 cm for the DPeM model, suggesting that water would move slowly through stockpiles except during intense rainfalls.

  10. Soil processes and properties that distinguish ecological sites and states

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Differences in ecological sites, and sometimes ecological states, are ultimately due to differences in soil properties and processes within a climatic zone. Soil properties are features of a soil, such as soil texture or soil depth. Soil processes are a series of actions in the soil that bring abou...

  11. Lunar soil properties and soil mechanics

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    Mitchell, J. K.; Houston, W. N.

    1974-01-01

    The long-range objectives were to develop methods of experimentation and analysis for the determination of the physical properties and engineering behavior of lunar surface materials under in situ environmental conditions. Data for this purpose were obtained from on-site manned investigations, orbiting and softlanded spacecraft, and terrestrial simulation studies. Knowledge of lunar surface material properties are reported for the development of models for several types of lunar studies and for the investigation of lunar processes. The results have direct engineering application for manned missions to the moon.

  12. Combining multi-objective optimization and bayesian model averaging to calibrate forecast ensembles of soil hydraulic models

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    Vrugt, Jasper A; Wohling, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Most studies in vadose zone hydrology use a single conceptual model for predictive inference and analysis. Focusing on the outcome of a single model is prone to statistical bias and underestimation of uncertainty. In this study, we combine multi-objective optimization and Bayesian Model Averaging (BMA) to generate forecast ensembles of soil hydraulic models. To illustrate our method, we use observed tensiometric pressure head data at three different depths in a layered vadose zone of volcanic origin in New Zealand. A set of seven different soil hydraulic models is calibrated using a multi-objective formulation with three different objective functions that each measure the mismatch between observed and predicted soil water pressure head at one specific depth. The Pareto solution space corresponding to these three objectives is estimated with AMALGAM, and used to generate four different model ensembles. These ensembles are post-processed with BMA and used for predictive analysis and uncertainty estimation. Our most important conclusions for the vadose zone under consideration are: (1) the mean BMA forecast exhibits similar predictive capabilities as the best individual performing soil hydraulic model, (2) the size of the BMA uncertainty ranges increase with increasing depth and dryness in the soil profile, (3) the best performing ensemble corresponds to the compromise (or balanced) solution of the three-objective Pareto surface, and (4) the combined multi-objective optimization and BMA framework proposed in this paper is very useful to generate forecast ensembles of soil hydraulic models.

  13. Verification on the Inversion Model to Estimate the Heterogeneous Hydraulic Properties

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    Chen, H. Y.; Chen, Y. L.; Huang, S. Y.; Wen, J. C.

    2014-12-01

    The hydraulic properties were collected are important on the groundwater management. Although hydraulic tomography (HT) has been employed to determine the heterogeneous hydraulic properties distribution, there is no particular study yet on the reproducibility of the field study. In this study, two comprehensive sequential pumping tests on a single site, which were taken in two different years 2010 and 2012, are conducted and their drawdown data are analyzed by using the specific drawdown and inverse modeling to view the reproducibility of the experiments. Additionally, the data of same monitoring wells used in forward analysis, it may generate redundant problem. This study purpose to solve the redundant problems from forward modeling exercise, and the non-redundant method be demonstrated it is viable. Meanwhile, indicating that there are robust and accurate in the HT method. Keyword: Hydraulic Tomography, Redundant, Reproducibility, Verification

  14. Hydraulic properties of three types of glacial deposits in Ohio

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    Strobel, M.L.

    1993-01-01

    The effects of thickness, grain size, fractures, weathering, and atmosphericconditions on vertical ground-water flow in glacial deposits were studied at three sites that represent ground moraine, end moraine, and lacustrine depositional environments. Vertical hydraulic conductivities computed from pumped-well tests were 3.24 x 10-1 to 6.47 x 10-1 ft/d (feet per day) at the site representing end moraine and 1.17 ft/d at the site representing lacustrine deposits. Analysis of test data for the ground moraine site did not yield estimates of hydraulic conductivities, but did indicate that ground water flows through the total thickness of deposits in response to discharge from a lower gravel unit. Vertical hydraulic conductivities computed from pumped-well tests of nested wells and data from drill-core analyses indicate that fractures affect the migration of ground water downward through the glacial deposits at these sites. Flow through glacial deposits is complex; it is controlled by fractures, gram-size distribution, clay content, thickness, and degree of weathering, and atmospheric conditions.

  15. Tillage Effects on Soil Properties & Respiration

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    Rusu, Teodor; Bogdan, Ileana; Moraru, Paula; Pop, Adrian; Duda, Bogdan; Cacovean, Horea; Coste, Camelia

    2015-04-01

    Soil tillage systems can be able to influence soil compaction, water dynamics, soil temperature and soil structural condition. These processes can be expressed as changes of soil microbiological activity, soil respiration and sustainability of agriculture. Objectives of this study were: 1) to assess the effects of tillage systems (Conventional System-CS, Minimum Tillage-MT, No-Tillage-NT) on soil compaction, soil temperature, soil moisture and soil respiration and 2) to establish the relationship that exists in changing soil properties. Three treatments were installed: CS-plough + disc; MT-paraplow + rotary grape; NT-direct sowing. The study was conducted on an Argic-Stagnic Faeoziom. The MT and NT applications reduce or completely eliminate the soil mobilization, due to this, soil is compacted in the first year of application. The degree of compaction is directly related to soil type and its state of degradation. The state of soil compaction diminished over time, tending toward a specific type of soil density. Soil moisture was higher in NT and MT at the time of sowing and in the early stages of vegetation and differences diminished over time. Moisture determinations showed statistically significant differences. The MT and NT applications reduced the thermal amplitude in the first 15 cm of soil depth and increased the soil temperature by 0.5-2.20C. The determinations confirm the effect of soil tillage system on soil respiration; the daily average was lower at NT (315-1914 mmoli m-2s-1) and followed by MT (318-2395 mmoli m-2s-1) and is higher in the CS (321-2480 mmol m-2s-1). Comparing with CS, all the two conservation tillage measures decreased soil respiration, with the best effects of no-tillage. An exceeding amount of CO2 produced in the soil and released into the atmosphere, resulting from aerobic processes of mineralization of organic matter (excessive loosening) is considered to be not only a way of increasing the CO2 in the atmosphere, but also a loss of long-term soil fertility. Acknowledgments This paper was performed under the frame of the Partnership in priority domains - PNII, developed with the support of MEN-UEFISCDI, project no. PN-II-PT-PCCA-2013-4-0015: Expert System for Risk Monitoring in Agriculture and Adaptation of Conservative Agricultural Technologies to Climate Change.

  16. Mechanics and hydraulics of unsaturated soils: what makes interfaces an indispensable part of a physically-based model

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    Nikooee, E.; Hassanizadeh, S. M.

    2014-12-01

    The foundations of the current theories for hydraulics and mechanics of unsaturated soils have been mainly based on the empirically introduced equations. There are various characteristics of unsaturated soils for which lots of different empirical equations have been proposed such as hydraulic conductivity, water retention curve, and effective stress parameter. One of the remarkable challenges which all current models face is hysteresis, i.e., for a certain matric suction, values of saturation, hydraulic conductivity and effective stress parameter in drying state and wetting are different. Conventional models of hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils try to account for the hysteresis phenomenon by means of different empirical equations for each hydraulic path. Hassanizadeh and Gray (1993) claimed that the hysteresis in capillary pressure-saturation curves can be modelled through the inclusion of air-water interfaces as a new independent variable [1]. It has recently been stated that the same conjecture can be made for suction stress [2]. Therefore, it seems to better portray hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils, interfaces are required as an indispensable part of the framework [3, 4]. This presentation aims at introducing the drawbacks of current theories of hydraulics and mechanics of unsaturated soils. For this purpose, the role of interfaces in the mechanics and hydraulics of unsaturated soils is explained and different possibilities to account for the contribution of interfaces are discussed. Finally, current challenges and future research directions are set forth. References[1] Hassanizadeh, S.M. & Gray, W.G.: Thermodynamic basis of capillary pressure in porous media. Water Resour.Res. 29(1993), 3389-3405.[2] Nikooee, E., Habibagahi, G., Hassanizadeh, S.M. & Ghahramani, A.: Effective Stress in unsaturated Soils: a thermodynamic approach based on the interfacial energy and hydromechanical coupling. Transport porous Med. 96(2) (2013), 369-396.[3] Likos, W. J. Effective stress in unsaturated soil: Accounting for surface tension and interfacial area. Vadose Zone Journal, 13(5) (2014). [4] Joekar-Niasar, V. & Hassanizadeh, S. M.: Specific interfacial area: The missing state variable in two-phase flow equations? Water Resources Research 47(5) (2011).

  17. A harmonized vocabulary for soil observed properties

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    Simons, Bruce; Wilson, Peter; Cox, Simon; Vleeshouer, Jamie

    2014-05-01

    Interoperability of soil data depends on agreements concerning models, schemas and vocabularies. However, observed property terms are often defined during different activities and projects in isolation of one another, resulting in data that has the same scope being represented with different terms, using different formats and formalisms, and published in various access methods. Significantly, many soil property vocabularies conflate multiple concepts in a single term, e.g. quantity kind, units of measure, substance being observed, and procedure. Effectively, this bundles separate information elements into a single slot. We have developed a vocabulary for observed soil properties by adopting and extending a previously defined water quality vocabulary. The observed property model separates the information elements, based on the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Observations & Measurements model and extending the NASA/TopQuadrant 'Quantities, Units, Dimensions and Types' (QUDT) ontology. The imported water quality vocabulary is formalized using the Web Ontology Language (OWL). Key elements are defined as sub-classes or sub-properties of standard Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) elements, allowing use of standard vocabulary interfaces. For the soil observed property vocabulary, terms from QUDT and water quality are used where possible. These are supplemented with additional unit of measure (Unit), observed property (ScaledQuantityKind) and substance being observed (SubstanceOrTaxon) vocabulary entries required for the soil properties. The vocabulary terms have been extracted from the Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook and Australian Soil Information Transfer and Evaluation System (SITES) vocabularies. The vocabulary links any chemical substances to items from the Chemical Entities of Biological Interest (ChEBI) ontology. By formalizing the model for observable properties, and clearly labelling the separate elements, soil property observations may be more easily mapped to the OGC Observations & Measurements model for cross-domain applications.

  18. Physical and hydraulic properties of volcanic rocks from Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Flint, L.E.

    2003-01-01

    A database of physical and hydraulic properties was developed for rocks in the unsaturated zone at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, a site under consideration as a geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste. The 5320 core samples were collected from 23 shallow (<100 m) and 10 deep (500-1000 m) vertical boreholes. Hydrogeologic units have been characterized in the unsaturated zone [Flint, 1998] that represent rocks with ranges of welding, lithophysae, and high and low temperature alteration (as a result of the depositional, cooling, and alterational history of the lithostratigraphic layers). Lithostratigraphy, the hydrogeologic unit, and the corresponding properties are described. In addition, the physical properties of bulk density, porosity, and particle density; the hydraulic properties of saturated hydraulic conductivity and moisture retention characteristics; and the field water content were measured and compiled for each core sample.

  19. Physical and hydraulic properties of volcanic rocks from Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Flint, Lorraine E.

    2003-05-01

    A database of physical and hydraulic properties was developed for rocks in the unsaturated zone at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, a site under consideration as a geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste. The 5320 core samples were collected from 23 shallow (<100 m) and 10 deep (500-1000 m) vertical boreholes. Hydrogeologic units have been characterized in the unsaturated zone [Flint, 1998] that represent rocks with ranges of welding, lithophysae, and high and low temperature alteration (as a result of the depositional, cooling, and alterational history of the lithostratigraphic layers). Lithostratigraphy, the hydrogeologic unit, and the corresponding properties are described. In addition, the physical properties of bulk density, porosity, and particle density; the hydraulic properties of saturated hydraulic conductivity and moisture retention characteristics; and the field water content were measured and compiled for each core sample.

  20. A hydraulic model is compatible with rapid changes in leaf elongation under fluctuating evaporative demand and soil water status.

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    Caldeira, Cecilio F; Bosio, Mickael; Parent, Boris; Jeanguenin, Linda; Chaumont, François; Tardieu, François

    2014-04-01

    Plants are constantly facing rapid changes in evaporative demand and soil water content, which affect their water status and growth. In apparent contradiction to a hydraulic hypothesis, leaf elongation rate (LER) declined in the morning and recovered upon soil rehydration considerably quicker than transpiration rate and leaf water potential (typical half-times of 30 min versus 1-2 h). The morning decline of LER began at very low light and transpiration and closely followed the stomatal opening of leaves receiving direct light, which represent a small fraction of leaf area. A simulation model in maize (Zea mays) suggests that these findings are still compatible with a hydraulic hypothesis. The small water flux linked to stomatal aperture would be sufficient to decrease water potentials of the xylem and growing tissues, thereby causing a rapid decline of simulated LER, while the simulated water potential of mature tissues declines more slowly due to a high hydraulic capacitance. The model also captured growth patterns in the evening or upon soil rehydration. Changes in plant hydraulic conductance partly counteracted those of transpiration. Root hydraulic conductivity increased continuously in the morning, consistent with the transcript abundance of Zea maize Plasma Membrane Intrinsic Protein aquaporins. Transgenic lines underproducing abscisic acid, with lower hydraulic conductivity and higher stomatal conductance, had a LER declining more rapidly than wild-type plants. Whole-genome transcriptome and phosphoproteome analyses suggested that the hydraulic processes proposed here might be associated with other rapidly occurring mechanisms. Overall, the mechanisms and model presented here may be an essential component of drought tolerance in naturally fluctuating evaporative demand and soil moisture. PMID:24420931

  1. Long-term acclimatization of hydraulic properties, xylem conduit size, wall strength and cavitation resistance in Phaseolus vulgaris in response to different environmental effects.

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    Holste, Ellen K; Jerke, Megan J; Matzner, Steven L

    2006-05-01

    Phaseolus vulgaris grown under various environmental conditions was used to assess long-term acclimatization of xylem structural characteristics and hydraulic properties. Conduit diameter tended to be reduced and 'wood' density (of 'woody' stems) increased under low moisture ('dry'), increased soil porosity ('porous soil') and low phosphorus ('low P') treatments. Dry and low P had the largest percentage of small vessels. Dry, low light ('shade') and porous soil treatments decreased P50 (50% loss in conductivity) by 0.15-0.25 MPa (greater cavitation resistance) compared with 'controls'. By contrast, low P increased P50 by 0.30 MPa (less cavitation resistance) compared with porous soil (the control for low P). Changes in cavitation resistance were independent of conduit diameter. By contrast, changes in cavitation resistance were correlated with wood density for the control, dry and porous soil treatments, but did not appear to be a function of wood density for the shade and low P treatments. In a separate experiment comparing control and porous soil plants, stem hydraulic conductivity (kh), specific conductivity (ks), leaf specific conductivity (LSC), total pot water loss, plant biomass and leaf area were all greater for control plants compared to porous soil plants. Porous soil plants, however, demonstrated higher midday stomatal conductance to water vapour (gs), apparently because they experienced proportionally less midday xylem cavitation. PMID:17087467

  2. Scale dependent parameterization of soil hydraulic conductivity in 3D simulation of hydrological processes in a forested headwater catchment

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    Fang, Zhufeng; Bogena, Heye; Kollet, Stefan; Vereecken, Harry

    2016-05-01

    In distributed hydrological modelling one often faces the problem that input data need to be aggregated to match the model resolution. However, aggregated data may be too coarse for the parametrization of the processes represented. This dilemma can be circumvented by the adjustment of certain model parameters. For instance, the reduction of local hydraulic gradients due to spatial aggregation can be partially compensated by increasing soil hydraulic conductivity. In this study, we employed the information entropy concept for the scale dependent parameterization of soil hydraulic conductivity. The loss of information content of terrain curvature as consequence of spatial aggregation was used to determine an amplification factor for soil hydraulic conductivity to compensate the resulting retardation of water flow. To test the usefulness of this approach, continuous 3D hydrological simulations were conducted with different spatial resolutions in the highly instrumented Wüstebach catchment, Germany. Our results indicated that the introduction of an amplification factor can effectively improve model performances both in terms of soil moisture and runoff simulation. However, comparing simulated soil moisture pattern with observation indicated that uniform application of an amplification factor can lead to local overcorrection of soil hydraulic conductivity. This problem could be circumvented by applying the amplification factor only to model grid cells that suffer from high information loss. To this end, we tested two schemes to define appropriate location-specific correction factors. Both schemes led to improved model performance both in terms of soil water content and runoff simulation. Thus, we anticipate that our proposed scaling approach is useful for the application of next-generation hyper-resolution global land surface models.

  3. Quantitative assessment on soil enzyme activities of heavy metal contaminated soils with various soil properties.

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    Xian, Yu; Wang, Meie; Chen, Weiping

    2015-11-01

    Soil enzyme activities are greatly influenced by soil properties and could be significant indicators of heavy metal toxicity in soil for bioavailability assessment. Two groups of experiments were conducted to determine the joint effects of heavy metals and soil properties on soil enzyme activities. Results showed that arylsulfatase was the most sensitive soil enzyme and could be used as an indicator to study the enzymatic toxicity of heavy metals under various soil properties. Soil organic matter (SOM) was the dominant factor affecting the activity of arylsulfatase in soil. A quantitative model was derived to predict the changes of arylsulfatase activity with SOM content. When the soil organic matter content was less than the critical point A (1.05% in our study), the arylsulfatase activity dropped rapidly. When the soil organic matter content was greater than the critical point A, the arylsulfatase activity gradually rose to higher levels showing that instead of harm the soil microbial activities were enhanced. The SOM content needs to be over the critical point B (2.42% in our study) to protect its microbial community from harm due to the severe Pb pollution (500mgkg(-1) in our study). The quantitative model revealed the pattern of variation of enzymatic toxicity due to heavy metals under various SOM contents. The applicability of the model under wider soil properties need to be tested. The model however may provide a methodological basis for ecological risk assessment of heavy metals in soil. PMID:25585863

  4. Estimating hydraulic properties from tidal attenuation in the Northern Guam Lens Aquifer, territory of Guam, USA

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    Rotzoll, Kolja; Gingerich, Stephen B.; Jenson, John W.; El-Kadi, Aly I.

    2013-01-01

    Tidal-signal attenuations are analyzed to compute hydraulic diffusivities and estimate regional hydraulic conductivities of the Northern Guam Lens Aquifer, Territory of Guam (Pacific Ocean), USA. The results indicate a significant tidal-damping effect at the coastal boundary. Hydraulic diffusivities computed using a simple analytical solution for well responses to tidal forcings near the periphery of the island are two orders of magnitude lower than for wells in the island’s interior. Based on assigned specific yields of ~0.01–0.4, estimated hydraulic conductivities are ~20–800 m/day for peripheral wells, and ~2,000–90,000 m/day for interior wells. The lower conductivity of the peripheral rocks relative to the interior rocks may best be explained by the effects of karst evolution: (1) dissolutional enhancement of horizontal hydraulic conductivity in the interior; (2) case-hardening and concurrent reduction of local hydraulic conductivity in the cliffs and steeply inclined rocks of the periphery; and (3) the stronger influence of higher-conductivity regional-scale features in the interior relative to the periphery. A simple numerical model calibrated with measured water levels and tidal response estimates values for hydraulic conductivity and storage parameters consistent with the analytical solution. The study demonstrates how simple techniques can be useful for characterizing regional aquifer properties.

  5. Passive characterization of hydrofracture properties using signals from hydraulic pumps

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    Rector III, J.W.; Dong, Q.; Patzek, T.W.

    1999-01-02

    Massive hydraulic fracturing is used to enhance production from the low-permeability diatomite fields of Kern County, CA. Although critical for designing injection and recovery well patterns, the in-situ hydraulic fracture geometry is poorly understood. In 1990, Shell conducted an extensive seismic monitoring experiment on several hydrofractures prior to a steam drive pilot to characterize hydrofracture geometry. The seismic data were recorded by cemented downhole geophone arrays in three observation holes (MO-1, MO-2, and MO-3) located near the hydraulic fracture treatment wells. Using lowpass filtering and moveout analysis, events in the geophone recordings are identified as conical shear waves radiating from tube waves traveling down the treatment well. These events appear to be created by the hydraulic pumps, since their amplitudes are correlated with the injection rate and the wellhead pressure. Conical wave amplitudes are related to the tube wave attenuation in the treatment well and to wave-propagation characteristics of the shear component traveling in the earth. During the main fracturing stage, geophones above the fracture zone for wells MO-1 and MO-2 (both roughly along the inferred vertical fracture plane) exhibited conical-wave amplitude increases that are caused by shear wave reflection/scattering off the top of a fracture zone. From changes in the reflection amplitude as a function of depth, we interpret that the fracture zone initially extends along a confined vertical plane at a depth that correlates with many of the microseismic events. Toward the end of the main fracturing stage, the fracture zone extends upward and also extends in width, although we cannot determine the dimensions of the fracture from the reflection amplitudes alone. For all wells, we observe that the reflection (and what we infer to be the initial fracture) begins during a time period where no marked change in fracture pressure or injection rate or slurry concentration is observed. As the main fracturing stage progressed, we observed a significant decrease in amplitude for geophones below the top of the fracture zone. The attenuation was most pronounced for wells MO-1 and MO-2 (along the fracture plane). However, near the end of the main stage, well MO-3 also exhibited a significant amplitude decrease, suggesting the development of a fractured ''process zone'' around the main fracture plane. In addition, well MO-3 also exhibited an amplitude decrease in an interval well below the initial fracture zone. Both the interval and the direction (toward MO-3) correspond with temperature log increases observed during later steam injection.

  6. Hydraulic and nutritional feedback controls surface patchiness of biological soil crusts at a post-mining site.

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    Fischer, Thomas; Gypser, Stella; Subbotina, Maria; Veste, Maik

    2015-04-01

    In a recultivation area located in Brandenburg, Germany, five types of biocrusts (initial BSC1, developed BSC2 and BSC3, mosses, lichens) and non-crusted mineral substrate were sampled on tertiary sand deposited in 1985-1986 to investigate hydrologic properties of crust patches. It was the aim of the study to demonstrate that (I) two types of BSC with alternative nutritional and hydraulic feedback modes co-exist in one area and that (II) these feedback modes are synergic. The sites to sample were selected by expertise, trying to represent mixed sites dominated by mosses, by lichens, and by visually in the field observable surface properties (colour and crust thickness) for the non-crusted substrate and BSC1 to 3. The non-crusted samples contained minor incrustations of the lichen Placynthiella oligotropha, young leaflets of the moss Ceratodon purpureus, as well as very sparsely present individuals of the green algae Ulothrix spec., Zygogonium spec. and Haematococcus spec. The sample BSC1 was not entirely covered with microphytes, crust patches were smooth, and P. oligotropha was observed to develop on residues of C. purpureus and on unspecified organic detritus. BSC2 covered the surface entirely and was dominated by P. oligotropha and by Zygogonium spec. The sample BSC3 consisted of pad-like patches predominantly growing on organic residues. The moss sample was dominated by C. purpureus and Zygogonium spec. growing between the moss stemlets directly on the mineral surface, the lichen sample was dominated by Cladonia subulata with sparsely scattered individuals of C. purpureus. Hierarchical cluster analysis revealed that BSC2 was floristically and chemically most similar to the moss crust, whereas BSC3 was floristically and chemically most similar to the lichen crust. Crust biomass was lowest in the non-crusted substrate, increased to the initial BSC1 and peaked in the developed BSC2, BSC3, the lichens and the mosses. Water infiltration was highest on the substrate, and decreased to BSC2, BSC1 and BSC3. Non-metric multidimensional scaling revealed that the lichens and BSC3 were associated with water soluble nutrients (NO3, NH4, K, Mg, Ca) and with pyrite weathering products (pH, SO4), thus representing a high nutrient low hydraulic feedback mode. The mosses and BSC2 represented a low nutrient high hydraulic feedback mode. These feedback mechanisms were considered as synergic, consisting of run-off generating (low hydraulic) and run-on receiving (high hydraulic) BSC patches. Three scenarios for BSC succession were proposed. (1) Initial BSCs sealed the surface until they reached a successional stage (represented by BSC1) from which the development into either of the feedback modes was triggered, (2) initial heterogeneities of the mineral substrate controlled the development of the feedback mode, and (3) complex interactions between lichens and mosses occurred at later stages of system development. It was concluded that, irrespective of successional pathways, two synergic feedback mechanisms contributed to the generation of self-organized surface patchiness. Such small-scale microsite differentiation with different BSCs has important implications for the vegetation in post-mining sites. Reference Fischer, T., Gypser, S., Subbotina, M., Veste, M. (2014) Synergic hydraulic and nutritional feedback mechanisms control surface patchiness of biological soil crusts on tertiary sands at a post-mining site. Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics 62(4):293-302

  7. Nitrogen Dynamics in the Soil-Root-Plant Continuum: Competitive and Mutualistic Dependencies through Hydraulic Redistribution

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    Quijano, J. C.; Kumar, P.; Drewry, D. T.

    2011-12-01

    Below ground processes occurring in natural ecosystems such as root water uptake and hydraulic redistribution (HR) have significant influence on the water dynamics. However, the real implications of these processes in the cycling of biogeochemical elements as N or P remain unknown. HR is a process by which plant roots are able to transport water passively in the soil column. Due to the capacity of HR to influence soil moisture and soil temperature it is believed that the presence of HR influences the rates of mineralization and ion diffusion in the soil enhancing nutrient uptake by plants. Furthermore, there is experimental evidence that HR enhances the interaction between species by facilitation of water from deeper to shallow rooted plants. Thus HR could also influence plant nutrient uptake in some species by facilitating a pathway from other species. In this study we use a numerical model to analyze the effects of HR on the N dynamics in the soil. We examine the effect of HR in decomposition of organic matter and passive transport of nitrogen in the soil column including plant uptake and leaching. We analyze the dynamics under two different cases of species composition (single or multiple species) to understand the nitrogen cycling in the presence of multiple plant species that coexist and the capacity of HR to enhance these dynamics. The model used in this study is multi species MLCan which is a multi-layer above- and below-ground soil-root-canopy model that is able to simulate species interaction using a "shared resource" conceptualization. MLCan is coupled with a C:N model (1) where only two pools of soil carbon, namely soil organic matter and microorganisms, are considered and soil N dynamics are calculated based on C:N ratio formulations. The forcing data is obtained from the Ameriflux Tower located in Blodgett Forest, Sierra Nevada, California. Three plant species are considered. We found that HR enhances the mineralization of organic matter at the surface. However in deeper layers the increment in soil moisture is compensated by the increment in soil temperature when HR is absent producing a higher mineralization in the absence of HR. Thus, apart from the near-surface there is a higher content of organic matter in the presence of HR. In the absence of HR, nitrogen uptake occurs mainly in deeper layers leading to an accumulation of nitrate at the bottom of the soil column that enhance leaching. In the presence of HR the uptake of nitrate occurs in shallower layers and leaching of nitrogen is reduced. When understory species were present the nitrogen uptake in the overstory species increased because the C:N ratio from litter of the understory vegetation that fix nitrogen was smaller. Further, the nitrogen uptake in the understory species was facilitated by overstory species that enhance water uptake through HR and, therefore, nitrate transport. (1) Manzoni, S., and A. Porportato. A theoretical analysis of nonlinearities and feedbacks in soil carbon and nitrogen cycles. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 2007

  8. A HYDRAULIC SOIL CORING SYSTEM FOR SOIL CARBON-ROOT STUDIES

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    Reliable sampling of belowground components is an essential aspect of agroecosystems research. Factors such as difficult soil conditions (e.g., hardpans, rocky or wet conditions), restricted access, and remote sites can often limit adequate sampling in the field. The objective was to design and cons...

  9. Estimating hydraulic properties of coastal aquifers using wave setup

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    Rotzoll, Kolja; El-Kadi, Aly I.

    2008-05-01

    SummaryWave setup is the elevated mean water-table at the coast associated with the momentum transfer of wave breaking, which occurs generally over several days. Groundwater responses to wave setup were observed as far as 5 km inland in central Maui, Hawaii. The analysis showed that at times of energetic swell events wave-driven water-table overheights dominate low-frequency groundwater fluctuations associated with barometric pressure effects. Matching peak frequencies at 1.7 × 10 -6 Hz and 3.7 × 10 -6 Hz were identified in setup and observed head using spectral decomposition. Similar to tides, the setup propagation through the aquifer shows exponentially decreasing amplitudes and linearly increasing time lags. Due to the longer periods of setup oscillations, the signal propagates deeper into the aquifer (˜10 km in central Maui) than diurnal tides (5 km) and can therefore provide information on greater length scales. Hydraulic diffusivity was estimated based on the setup propagation. An effective diffusivity of 2.3 × 10 7 m 2/d is consistent with aquifer parameters based on aquifer tests and tides. A one-dimensional numerical model supports the results of the analytical solution and strengthens the suitability to estimate hydraulic parameters from setup propagation. The methodology is expected to be beneficial to high-permeability coastal environments, such as on volcanic islands and atolls.

  10. Measuring hydraulic conductivity in a cracking clay soil using the Guelph Permeameter

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    Bagarello, V.; Iovino, M.; Reynolds, W.D.

    1999-08-01

    Knowing the variation of field-saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) with space, time and antecedent soil moisture conditions can be important for optimum management of cracking clay soils. The Guelph Permeameter (GP) method is a potentially valuable technique for measuring K and its variation in cracking soils, but concerns exist regarding (1) impacts of smearing and compaction in the GP well on the K measurement, (2) accurate detection of when steady flow from the GP is attained, and (3) time required for the GP to reach steady flow (equilibration time). These concerns were investigated for a series of GP measurements in a cracking clay soil (Vertic Xerochrept) in Sicily by testing flow and equilibration time. The mean K values (11.4--22.1 mm/h) obtained from the GP measurements were 1--3 orders of magnitude larger than what might be expected for a clayey texture, indicating that ponded infiltration from the GP wells occurred primarily through highly permeable soil shrinkage cracks, rather than through the low permeability clayey matrix. Wells that were treated with the plucking implement produced a non-significant (P < 0.05) factor of 1.94 increase in mean K relative to untreated wells, suggesting that this method for removing smearing and compaction functioned primarily by reopening partially smeared-over shrinkage cracks or other macropores. Relatively short mean equilibration times were obtained for the GP measurements (11--42 min), suggesting that the GP method can measure the soil's antecedent K before wetting from the well causes enough soil swelling to produce a declining permeability. The traditional four equal readings (FR) procedure is estimating GP equilibration time substantially underestimated the more recent visual estimation (VE) and the new cumulative drop (CD) procedures. This underestimation by the FR procedure resulted in overestimates of K relative to the VE and CD procedures for K values less than about 4 mm/h. It was concluded that the GP method can be a viable technique for measuring K in cracking clay soil.

  11. Measurement of unsaturated hydraulic properties and evaluation of property-transfer models for deep sedimentary interbeds, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho

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    Perkins, Kimberlie; Johnson, Brittany D.; Mirus, Benjamin B.

    2014-01-01

    During 2013–14, the USGS, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, focused on further characterization of the sedimentary interbeds below the future site of the proposed Remote Handled Low-Level Waste (RHLLW) facility, which is intended for the long-term storage of low-level radioactive waste. Twelve core samples from the sedimentary interbeds from a borehole near the proposed facility were collected for laboratory analysis of hydraulic properties, which also allowed further testing of the property-transfer modeling approach. For each core sample, the steady-state centrifuge method was used to measure relations between matric potential, saturation, and conductivity. These laboratory measurements were compared to water-retention and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity parameters estimated using the established property-transfer models. For each core sample obtained, the agreement between measured and estimated hydraulic parameters was evaluated quantitatively using the Pearson correlation coefficient (r). The highest correlation is for saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) with an r value of 0.922. The saturated water content (qsat) also exhibits a strong linear correlation with an r value of 0.892. The curve shape parameter (λ) has a value of 0.731, whereas the curve scaling parameter (yo) has the lowest r value of 0.528. The r values demonstrate that model predictions correspond well to the laboratory measured properties for most parameters, which supports the value of extending this approach for quantifying unsaturated hydraulic properties at various sites throughout INL.

  12. Soil Properties as Influenced by Dust Emissions

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    Skidmore, E. L.; Tatarko, J.

    2003-12-01

    Wind erosion selectively removes the most fertile portion of the soil. When sediment balance from wind erosion is negative, soil quality is impoverished. Our objective was to determine the change in selected soil properties that are measures of soil quality as influenced by dust emissions from wind erosion. We sampled saltation drifts and near surface bulk soil from several recently eroded fields, measured selected soil properties, and compared results from the eroded saltation drifts with the non-eroded bulk soil. We found that sandy loams became loamy sands and loamy sands became sands with 10 to 30% increase of sand in the saltation drift with a corresponding decrease in organic matter and cation exchange capacity. Whereas the texture, organic matter, and cation exchange is not benefited by the millions of tons of nutrient and organic matter enriched soil that is deposited in the road ditches, reservoirs, and oceans. In general, wind erosion degrades soil and lowers its capacity to produce food and fiber needed to sustain an increasing population.

  13. Hydraulic Properties of Rice and the Response of Gas Exchange to Water Stress1

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    Stiller, Volker; Lafitte, H. Renee; Sperry, John S.

    2003-01-01

    We investigated the role of xylem cavitation, plant hydraulic conductance, and root pressure in the response of rice (Oryza sativa) gas exchange to water stress. In the field (Philippines), the percentage loss of xylem conductivity (PLC) from cavitation exceeded 60% in leaves even in watered controls. The PLC versus leaf water potential relationship indicated diurnal refilling of cavitated xylem. The leaf water potential causing 50 PLC (P50) was –1.6 MPa and did not differ between upland versus lowland rice varieties. Greenhouse-grown varieties (Utah) were more resistant to cavitation with a 50 PLC of –1.9 MPa but also showed no difference between varieties. Six-day droughts caused concomitant reductions in leaf-specific photosynthetic rate, leaf diffusive conductance, and soil-leaf hydraulic conductance that were associated with cavitation-inducing water potentials and the disappearance of nightly root pressure. The return of root pressure after drought was associated with the complete recovery of leaf diffusive conductance, leaf-specific photosynthetic rate, and soil-leaf hydraulic conductance. Root pressure after the 6-d drought (61.2 ± 8.8 kPa) was stimulated 7-fold compared with well-watered plants before drought (8.5 ± 3.8 kPa). The results indicate: (a) that xylem cavitation plays a major role in the reduction of plant hydraulic conductance during drought, and (b) that rice can readily reverse cavitation, possibly aided by nocturnal root pressure. PMID:12857848

  14. Effect of the method of estimation of soil saturated hydraulic conductivity with regards to the design of stormwater infiltration trenches

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    Paiva coutinho, Artur; Predelus, Dieuseul; Lassabatere, Laurent; Ben Slimene, Erij; Celso Dantas Antonino, Antonio; Winiarski, Thierry; Joaquim da Silva Pereira Cabral, Jaime; Angulo-Jaramillo, Rafael

    2014-05-01

    Best management practices are based on the infiltration of stormwater (e.g. infiltration into basins or trenches) to reduce the risk of flooding of urban areas. Proper estimations of saturated hydraulic conductivity of the vadose zone are required to avoid inappropriate design of infiltration devices. This article aims at assessing (i) the method-dependency of the estimation of soils saturated hydraulic conductivity and (ii) the consequences of such dependency on the design of infiltration trenches. This is illustrated for the specific case of an infiltration trench to be constructed to receive stormwater from a specific parking surface, 250 m2 in area, in Recife (Brazil). Water infiltration experiments were conducted according to the Beerkan Method, i.e. application of a zero water pressure head through a disc source (D=15 cm) and measures of the amount of infiltrated water with time. Saturated hydraulic conductivity estimates are derived from the analysis of these infiltration tests using several different conceptual approaches: one-dimensional models of Horton(1933) and Philip(1957), three-dimensional methods recently developed (Lassabatere et al., 2006, Wu et al., 1999, and Bagarello et al., 2013) and direct 3-dimensional numerical inversion. The estimations for saturated hydraulic conductivity ranged between 65.5 mm/h and 94 mm/h for one-dimensional methods, whereas using three-dimensional methods saturated hydraulic conductivity ranged between 15.6 mm/h and 50 mm/h. These results shows the need for accounting for 3D geometry, and more generally, the physics of water infiltration in soils, if a proper characterization of soil saturated hydraulic conductivity is targeted. In a second step, each estimate of the saturated hydraulic conductivity was used to calculate the stormwater to be stored in the studied trench for several rainfall events of recurrence intervals of 2 to 25 years. The calculation of these volumes showed a great sensitivity with regards to the estimated values of saturated hydraulic conductivity. The designed volumes of the trench vary from 8.3 m3 to 15.9 m3 for one-dimensional methods and 11.9 m3 to 24.5 m3 for three-dimensional methods, respectively. The results show that any miss-estimation of the saturated hydraulic conductivity of soils may drastically impact the design of infiltration devices and the related extra-costs. Bagarello, B.; Castellini, M.; Di Prima,S.;Giordano ,G.; Iovino, M. (2013). Testing a simplified approach to determine field saturated soil hydraulic conductivity. Procedia Environmental Sciences 19 ( 2013 ) 599 - 608 Horton, R. (1933). The role of infiltration in the hydrologic cycle. American Geophysical Union Transactions 14, 446-460. Lassabatère, L.; Angulo-Jaramillo, R.; Soria, J.M.; Cuenca, R.; Braud, I.; Haverkamp, R.(2006). Beerkan estimation of soil transfer parameters through infiltration experiments - BEST. Soil Science Society of American Journal, Madison, v.70, p.521-532, 2006. Philip, J.R. (1957). The theory of Infiltration: 5. The Influence of the Initial Moisture Content. Soil Science, v.4, n.84, p.329-339, 1957. Wu, L.; Pan, L.; Mitchell, J.; Sanden, B. (1999). Measuring satured hydraulic conductivity using a generalized solution for single-ringle infiltrometers. Soil Sci.Soc.Am.J.63, 788-792

  15. Impact of soil properties on selected pharmaceuticals adsorption in soils

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    Kodesova, Radka; Kocarek, Martin; Klement, Ales; Fer, Miroslav; Golovko, Oksana; Grabic, Roman; Jaksik, Ondrej

    2014-05-01

    The presence of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals in the environment has been recognized as a potential threat. Pharmaceuticals may contaminate soils and consequently surface and groundwater. Study was therefore focused on the evaluation of selected pharmaceuticals adsorption in soils, as one of the parameters, which are necessary to know when assessing contaminant transport in soils. The goals of this study were: (1) to select representative soils of the Czech Republic and to measure soil physical and chemical properties; (2) to measure adsorption isotherms of selected pharmaceuticals; (3) to evaluate impact of soil properties on pharmaceutical adsorptions and to propose pedotransfer rules for estimating adsorption coefficients from the measured soil properties. Batch sorption tests were performed for 6 selected pharmaceuticals (beta blockers Atenolol and Metoprolol, anticonvulsant Carbamazepin, and antibiotics Clarithromycin, Trimetoprim and Sulfamethoxazol) and 13 representative soils (soil samples from surface horizons of 11 different soil types and 2 substrates). The Freundlich equations were used to describe adsorption isotherms. The simple correlations between measured physical and chemical soil properties (soil particle density, soil texture, oxidable organic carbon content, CaCO3 content, pH_H2O, pH_KCl, exchangeable acidity, cation exchange capacity, hydrolytic acidity, basic cation saturation, sorption complex saturation, salinity), and the Freundlich adsorption coefficients were assessed using Pearson correlation coefficient. Then multiple-linear regressions were applied to predict the Freundlich adsorption coefficients from measured soil properties. The largest adsorption was measured for Clarithromycin (average value of 227.1) and decreased as follows: Trimetoprim (22.5), Metoprolol (9.0), Atenolol (6.6), Carbamazepin (2.7), Sulfamethoxazol (1.9). Absorption coefficients for Atenolol and Metoprolol closely correlated (R=0.85), and both were also related to absorption coefficients of Carbamazepin (R=0.67 and 0.68). Positive correlation was found between Trimetoprim absorption coefficients and Atenolol, Metoprolol or Carbamazepin absorption coefficients. The negative relationship was found between absorption coefficients of Sulfomethoxazol and Clarithromycin (R=-0.80). Sulfamethoxazol absorption coefficient was negatively related to pH_H2O, pH_KCL or sorption complex saturation and positively to the hydrolytic acidity or exchangeable acidity. Trimetoprim absorption coefficient was positively related to the oxidable organic carbon content, cation exchange capacity, basic cation saturation or silt content and negatively to particle density or sand content. Clarithromycin absorption coefficient was positively related to pH_H2O, pH_KCL, CaCO3 content, basic cation saturation or sorption complex saturation and negatively to hydrolytic acidity or exchangeable acidity. Atenolol and Metoprolol absorption coefficients were positively related to the oxidable organic carbon content, cation exchange capacity, basic cation saturation, salinity, clay content or silt content, and negatively to the particle density or sand content. Finally Carbamazepin absorption coefficient was positively related to the oxidable organic carbon content, cation exchange capacity or basic cation saturation, and negatively to the particle density or sand content. Evaluated pedotransfer rules for different pharmaceuticals included different sets of soil properties. Absorption coefficients could be predicted from: the hydrolytic acidity (Sulfamethoxazol), the oxidable organic carbon content (Trimetoprim and Carbamazepin), the oxidable organic carbon content, hydrolytic acidity and cation exchange capacity (Clarithromycin), the basic cation saturation (Atenolol and Metoprolol). Acknowledgement: Authors acknowledge the financial support of the Czech Science Foundation (Project No. 13-12477S).

  16. Strategy to document heterogeneity in soil properties and its impact on water transfers from slope to catchment scales

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    Cohard, J.; Robert, D.; Descloitres, M.; Vandervaere, J.; Braud, I.; Vauclin, M.

    2011-12-01

    Heterogeneity in soil properties has been identified to impact water transfers at different scales from vertical column, hillslopes to watershed. Thus Distributed physically based hydrological models require distributed hydraulic characteristics to quantify these impacts. To characterize soil properties and their heterogeneity, a multi-scale sampling strategy was proposed based on distributed information including electromagnetic survey maps, topography and land use coverage. Each identified units are characterized by there hydraulic properties including in situ infiltration tests. This strategy was applied over the Ara Catchment (12km2) in northern Benin. It has been instrumented in the framework of the AMMA-Catch experimental network in West Africa, to better determine water resources and to investigate possible hydrological retro-action on monsoon cycle. From hydrological point of view, distributed soil hydraulic properties are supposed to impact water transfers and watershed dynamics all along the monsoon cycle. To document this heterogeneity, an electrical conductivity map and geological survey was used as starting points to identify the ground structures which align with the north-south direction with a dip angle of 20° east. A total of 20 pits have been opened to document the 0-2m horizons, and 2 more for the 0-5m horizons. 3 pits were digged within each geological structure areas at the surface. In each pit, the retention and hydraulic conductivity curves of each pedological horizon were characterized with three replicates. This database is used to document the variability of these properties and to produce soil hydraulic property maps. Using the variability information, we tested their impact with the Parflow-CLM 3D distributed model. It was run in an homogeneous configuration and compared with a data controlled heterogeneous configuration. The latest is prepared using a turning band algorithm to distribute soil hydraulic properties.

  17. Role of precipitation uncertainty in the estimation of hydrologic soil properties using remotely sensed soil moisture in a semi-arid environment 1891

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The focus of this study is the role of precipitation uncertainty in determining the accuracy and retrieveability of estimated soil texture and hydraulic properties. This work builds on and extends recent work conducted as part of the ongoing development of the Army Remote Moisture System (ARMS), in...

  18. Coupled mechanics, hydraulics and sorption properties of mixtures to evaluate buffer/backfill materials

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    Jan, Yi-Lin; Tsai, Shih-Chin; Wei, Yuan-Yaw; Tung, Ning-Chien; Wei, Chia-Chen; Hsu, Chun-Nan

    The buffer materials that retarding the migration of nuclides and making the canisters stable in a geological deep repository of high-level radioactive waste play a very important role. This study coupled engineering and sorption properties to evaluate the buffer/backfill materials. The Rd values of Cs, Se and I (10 -4 M) with respect to various composite ratios of bentonite/laterite/quartz sand mixtures were measured using batch sorption tests in groundwater (GW) and seawater (SW) which simulate possible conditions for a deep geological disposal in an island. Deionized water (DIW) was used as the liquid phase for Atterberg limits tests, triaxial shear tests and hydraulic conductivity tests in order to determine the engineering properties of the mixtures. From the results of the Atterberg limits tests, seven samples were classified as inorganic clays of high plasticity and one sample was classified as inorganic clays of medium plasticity. Under the test condition of samples with dry density of 1.75 ± 0.05 g/cm 3, the samples with 30% quartz sand content demonstrated higher shear strength. Very low hydraulic conductivities of four selected samples were measured, ranging from 1.46 × 10 -11 m/s to 2.94 × 10 -11 m/s. The sorption behavior of Cs, Se and I on every individual solid material (laterite, bentonite and quartz sand) can be summed up as follows: the sorption of Se is significantly more affected by the solid phase (Rdlaterite>Rdbentonite) than by the liquid phase (GW or SW). Contrarily, the sorption of Cs is more affected by the nature of the liquid phase (RdGW>RdSW) rather than solid phase. On the mixtures used in this work, the sorption of Cs was higher in GW suspensions, when the plastic index (PI) = 40-50 and a 30% quartz sand content. Regarding the relationship between sorption of selenium and engineering characteristics, the mixtures with PI = 40-50 (30% quartz sand content) were the potentially more adequate composite materials. Slight sorption of I was observed on all mixtures in GW and SW. On the basis of the results presented in this work, the composition of 30% quartz sand content which PI = 40-50 might be the best choice for the buffer/backfill materials. Finally, a local soil, laterite, exhibited higher sorption capacity of Cs and Se in both GW and SW than bentonite.

  19. Development of a New Apparatus for Investigating Acoustic Effects on Hydraulic Properties of Low-Permeability Geo-Materials

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    Nakajima, H.; Sawada, A.; Sugita, H.; Takeda, M.; Komai, T.; Zhang, M.

    2006-12-01

    Remediation of polluted soils and groundwater contaminated by heavy metals and non-aqueous phase liquids has been one of the challenging issues in the field of geo-environments. In-situ removal of the contaminants from low permeable soils, such as clay strata, is particularly difficult because of the low mobility, strong adsorption, and/or other various interactions within soils. Thus current remediation techniques, such as pump- and-treat method and even eletrokinetic method, generally suffer from low recovery rates and/or economically unacceptable long remediation periods. A perspective improvement in remediation technology is to couple the electrokinetic method with an application of acoustic waves. This so-called Electro-Acoustic Soil Decontamination (EASD) method has been proposed by Battelle Columbus Labs.(Muralidhara et al. 1990). Simultaneous application of an electric field and an acoustic field may produce a synergistic effect and result in further enhancement of water transport by electro-osmosis in principle, but there is still no fundamental data for the design of EASD method in practical applications. A number of investigations have shown that an application of acoustic waves can increase hydraulic conductivity and mobility of non-aqueous phase liquids in porous media. Most of the prior and ongoing researches in this area have been focused on increasing production from declining oil and gas reservoirs. During several field tests by the oil and gas industries, increases in oil production rates by 20% or more have been reported. However, underlying physical mechanisms for acoustically enhanced fluid transport are not adequately understood. In addition, majority of the past investigations has dealt with applications of large amplitude of acoustic waves to relatively permeable soils or fractured rocks, and there is little information if acoustic wave effectively enhances flow and contaminant transport for less permeable clayey soils. To evaluate the feasibility of the EASD method and to obtain the fundamental but important knowledge for the design of this method, it is first necessary to understand the effects of acoustic wave application on pore water flow behavior. A new apparatus is developed to investigate the effects of acoustic wave on hydraulic properties of soil sample. This test apparatus enables to confine a cylindrical specimen under hydrostatic pressure conditions and to apply acoustic wave simultaneously. Preliminary results associated with the effects of acoustic wave frequency on changes of permeability of kaolin clay samples are illustrated in this report. A program investigating the effects of electricity and pore water chemistry on efficiency of decontamination using the same samples is also ongoing and briefly presented. The two strategies for enhancing the efficiency of remediation for low permeable soils will be combined in the near future

  20. Biogeochemical Cycling at Soil Interfaces in the Vadose Zone and its Impact on Hydraulic Conductivity

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    Hansen, D. J.; McGuire, J. T.; Mohanty, B. P.

    2007-12-01

    Much research has focused on understanding and predicting chemical fate and transport in subsurface systems to protect drinking water reserves and ecosystem health. However, chemical changes that occur in the unsaturated zone due to processes such as mineral-water interactions, desorption, or biogeochemical cycling have often been neglected. In particular, the effects of soil structure (i.e. layers, lenses, macropores, or fractures) on these processes remain poorly understood. This study focuses on characterizing the linkages between geochemical processes, hydrologic flow, and microbial activity in the vadose zone using packed soil columns. We constructed three laboratory soil columns: a homogenized medium-grained sand, homogenized organic-rich silty clay, and a sand-over-clay layered column. Both upward and downward infiltration of water was evaluated during experiments to simulate rising water table and rainfall events respectively. In situ collocated probes measured soil water content, matric potential, and Eh. Water samples extracted by lysimeter were analyzed for major cations and anions, ammonium, organic acids, alkalinity, Fe2+, and total sulfide. Enhanced biogeochemical cycling was observed in the layered column. For example, concentrations of the electron acceptor sulfate were two-fold greater in the layered column than in either of the homogeneous columns likely due to increased oxidation/reduction reactions. Rainfall events enhanced denitrification in the layered column through the addition of NO3- via enhanced ammonium oxidation. Biogeochemical cycling was directly linked to hydrologic flow and varied as a function of water infiltration direction (upward/downward). Enhanced biogeochemical activity produced mineral crusts and biofilms that decreased overall hydraulic conductivity. Preliminary results suggest that changes in the vadose zone occur too rapidly for the system to achieve redox equilibrium and suggest that a new conceptual framework to analyze and predict biogeochemical cycling in the vadose zone is needed.

  1. Effect of cryogel on soil properties

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    Altunina, L. K.; Fufaeva, M. S.; Filatov, D. A.; Svarovskaya, L. I.; Rozhdestvenskii, E. A.; Gan-Erdene, T.

    2014-05-01

    Samples from the A1 and A1A2 horizons of sandy loamy gray forest soil containing 3.1% organic matter have been mixed with a 5% solution of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) at a ratio of 7 : 1 under laboratory conditions. The samples were frozen at -20°C in a refrigerator; after a freezing-thawing cycle, the evaporation of water from their surface, their thermal conductivity coefficient, their elasticity modulus, and other properties were studied. It has been experimentally found that the thermal conductivity coefficient of cryostructured soil is lower than that of common soil by 25%. It has been shown that the cryostructured soil retains water for a longer time and that the water evaporation rate from its surface is significantly lower compared to the control soil. Cryogel has no negative effect on the catalase activity of soil; it changes the physical properties of soils and positively affects the population of indigenous soil microflora and the growth of the sown plants.

  2. Variability of magnetic soil properties in Hawaii

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    van Dam, Remke L.; Harrison, J. Bruce J.; Hendrickx, Jan M. H.; Borchers, Brian; North, Ryan E.; Simms, Janet E.; Jasper, Chris; Smith, Christopher W.; Li, Yaoguo

    2005-06-01

    Magnetic soils can seriously hamper the performance of electromagnetic sensors for the detection of buried land mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Soils formed on basaltic substrates commonly have large concentrations of ferrimagnetic iron oxide minerals, which are the main cause of soil magnetic behavior. Previous work has shown that viscous remanent magnetism (VRM) in particular, which is caused by the presence of ferrimagnetic minerals of different sizes and shapes, poses a large problem for electromagnetic surveys. The causes of the variability in magnetic soil properties in general and VRM in particular are not well understood. In this paper we present the results of laboratory studies of soil magnetic properties on three Hawaiian Islands: O"ahu, Kaho"olawe, and Hawaii. The data show a strong negative correlation between mean annual precipitation and induced magnetization, and a positive correlation between mean annual precipitation and the frequency dependent magnetic behavior. Soil erosion, which reduces the thickness of the soil cover, also influences the magnetic properties.

  3. Performance of demining sensors and soil properties

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    Takahashi, Kazunori; Preetz, Holger; Igel, Jan

    2011-06-01

    Metal detector has commonly been used for landmine detection and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is about to be deployed as dual sensor that is in combination with metal detector. Since both devices employ electromagnetic techniques, they are influenced by magnetic and dielectric properties of soil. To observe the influence, various soil properties as well as their spatial distributions were measured in four types of soil where a field test of metal detectors and GPRs took place. By analyzing soil properties these four types of soil were graded based on the estimated amount of influence on the detection techniques. The classification was compared to the detection performance of devices obtained from the blind test and a clear correlation between the difficulty of soil and the performance was observed; the detection and identification performance were degraded in soils that were classified as problematic. Therefore, it was demonstrated that the performance of metal detector and GPR for landmine detection can qualitatively be assessed by geophysical analyses.

  4. Innovative in-situ determination of unsaturated hydraulic properties in deep loess sediments in north-west Bulgaria

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    Mallants, Dirk; Perko, Janez; Antonov, Dimitar; Karastanev, Doncho

    2007-07-01

    In the framework of selecting a suitable site for final disposal of low- and intermediate level short-lived radioactive waste (LILW-SL) in Bulgaria, site characterization is ongoing at the Marichin Valog site, North-West Bulgaria. The site is characterized by a complex sequence of loess, clayey gravel, and clay layers, of which the first 30-40 m are unsaturated. Proper knowledge about unsaturated water flow and concomitant radionuclide transport is key input to safety assessment calculations. Constant-head infiltrometer tests were carried out at several meters below ground surface to determine the unsaturated hydraulic properties of silty loess, clayey loess, and clayey gravel layers. Individual infiltrometers were equipped with 0.5-m-long filter sections; the shallowest filter was from 2 to 2.5 m depth, whereas the deepest was from 9.5 to 10 m depth. Infiltration tests provided data on cumulative infiltration and progression of the wetting front in the initially unsaturated sediments surrounding the infiltrometer. A cylindrical time-domain reflectometry TRIME probe was used to measure water content variations with time during progression of the wetting front. Access tubes for the TRIME probe were installed at 0.3 to 0.5 m from the infiltrometer tubes. By means of an inverse optimization routine implemented in the finite element code HYDRUS-2D, field-scale soil hydraulic parameters were derived for all layers. Results show a great consistency in the optimized parameter values, although the test sites were several meters apart. Apparently the size of the affected volume of soil was large enough to reduce the effect of spatial variability and to produce average field-scale hydraulic parameters that are relevant for large-scale predictions of flow patterns and radionuclide migration pathways. (authors)

  5. Estimating two-phase hydraulic properties by inverse modeling

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    Finsterle, S.; Pruess, K.

    1994-01-01

    Disposal of high-level nuclear waste in geologic formations requires characterizing the hydrogeologic conditions at the potential site. This involves extensive data interpretation from laboratory and field experiments which are being performed on different scales. Two-phase flow processes are relevant if the potential site is located in the unsaturated zone, but they are also studied for repositories beneath the water table if the waste packages generate significant amounts of free gas. Numerical models are used for predicting the system behavior under different hydrologic and thermal loads. Parameters appearing in the governing equations are usually difficult to measure and subject to systematic errors. The strategy chosen to obtain model-related formation parameters is to calibrate the numerical model using observations of the system response. The practical relevance of parameter estimation for site characterization and design of field and laboratory experiments motivated the development. The purpose of this paper is to present the concept of parameter estimation, and to demonstrate the use of the proposed method for the interpretation of hydraulic tests conducted under two-phase flow conditions.

  6. Effect of almond shell biochar addition on the hydro-physical properties of an arable Central Valley soil

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    Lopez, V.; Ghezzehei, T. A.

    2014-12-01

    Biochar is composed of any carbonaceous matter pyrolyzed under low oxygen exposure. Its use as a soil amendment to address soil infertility has been accelerated by studies reporting positive effects of enhanced nutrient retention, cation exchange capacity, microbial activity, and vegetative growth over time. Biochar has also been considered as a carbon sequestration method because of its reported environmental persistence. While the aforementioned effects are positive benefits of biochar's use, its impact on soil physical properties and water flow are equally important in maintaining soil fertility. This study aims to show how soil physical and hydraulic properties change over time with biochar addition. To address these aims, we conducted a 9 week microcosm incubation experiment with local arable loamy sand soils amended with biochar. Biochar was created from locally collected almond shells and differs by pyrolysis temperatures (350°C, 700°C) and size (<250 μm, 1-2mm). Additionally, biochar was applied to soil at a low (10 t/ha) or high (60 t/ha) rates. Changes in soil water flow properties were analyzed by infiltration or pressure cell experiments immediately after creating our soil-biochar mixtures. These experiments were repeated during and after the incubation period to observe if and how flow is altered over time. Following incubation and hydraulic experiments, a water drop penetration time (WDPT) test was conducted to observe any alterations in surface hydrophobicity. Changes in soil physical properties were analyzed by determining content of water stable aggregates remaining after wet sieving. This series of experiments is expected to provide a greater understanding on the impact biochar addition on soil physical and hydraulic properties. Furthermore, it provides insight into whether or not converting local agricultural waste into biochar for soil use will be beneficial, especially in agricultural systems undergoing climate stress.

  7. LEACHING AND HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES OF RETORTED OIL SHALE INCLUDING EFFECTS FROM CODISPOSAL OF WASTEWATER

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report discusses the development of methods and data on the leaching and hydraulic properties of solid residues from oil shale processing. A column test, the Equilibrated Soluble Mass (ESM) test, was developed as an aid to characterizing the chemical quality of the first leac...

  8. Sprinkler Irrigation Effects on Infiltration and Near-Surface Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity

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    Soil organic carbon (SOC) from dairy manure can help to restore productivity of eroded soil. SOC, irrigation, or both may alter soil hydraulic properties. We evaluated effects of SOC and simulated center-pivot irrigation on infiltration and near-surface hydraulic conductivity (K) measured under tens...

  9. Effects of historic charcoal burning on soil properties

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    Hirsch, Florian; Schneider, Anna; Raab, Alexandra; Raab, Thomas; Buras, Allan; van der Maaten, Ernst; Takla, Melanie; Räbiger, Christin; Cruz Garcia, Roberto; Wilmking, Martin

    2015-04-01

    In Northeastern Germany the production of ironware between the 16th and 19th century left behind a remarkable amount of charcoal kiln remains. At the study site in the forests north of Cottbus, Rubic Brunic Arenosols are developed on Weichselian glaciofluvial deposits. Remote sensing surveys, underpinned by archaeological studies, show that charcoal was gained from several thousand kilns. The round charcoal kiln remains with inner diameters up to 20 m are smooth platforms elevated a few decimeters higher than the surrounding area. The remaining mounds consist of an about 40 cm thick sheet containing residuals of the charcoal production process such as charcoal fragments, ash but also organic material covering the Rubic Brunic Arenosols. The charcoal kiln remains are distanced only up to 100 m from each other. For the 32 square kilometers large study site, the ground area covered by such charcoal production residuals is about 0.5 square kilometer, i.e. 1.5% of the study area. The charcoal kiln sites are a remarkable carbon accumulator on the sandy parent material. Against this background, we aim to characterize the effects of pyrolysis and the enrichment of carbon, induced by the charcoal production, on soil properties. Field work was done during archaeological rescue excavations on three charcoal kiln relicts having diameters of about 15 m. We applied 150 l of Brilliant Blue solution on six 1 square meter plots (three inside, three outside of the charcoal kiln mound) and afterwards trenched horizontal and vertical profiles for recording the staining patterns. Undisturbed soil samples to study soil micromorphology and further undisturbed samples for characterizing soil physical and hydraulic properties were taken. Outside of the charcoal kiln remain the Brilliant Blue solution drained within less than 10 minutes, whereas on the charcoal kiln remains the draining took between 20 and 40 minutes. Preliminary laboratory analyses underline the findings from the field and indicate that the carbon rich kiln residuals have a higher field capacity than the surrounding Arenosols. The matrix potential of the carbon rich kiln substrate is high and water drop penetration time tests show high water repellency. Our findings suggest that although the charcoal production led to an enrichment of carbon in the landscape, the hydraulic properties of the remaining ash layers can have negative effects on the water supply for plants.

  10. Decoupling the Influence of Leaf and Root Hydraulic Conductances on Stomatal Conductance and its Sensitivity to Vapor Pressure Deficit as Soil Dries in a Drained Loblolly Pine Plantation

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    Domec, J.; Noormets, A.; King, J. S.; McNulty, S. G.; Sun, G.; Gavazzi, M. J.; Boggs, J. L.

    2008-12-01

    The conversion of wetlands to intensively managed forest lands in eastern North Carolina is widespread and the consequences on plant hydraulic properties and water balances are not well studied. Precipitation and soil moisture in North America will be modified in the future and forest trees in the US will be challenged by warmer temperature, higher leaf-to-air water vapor pressure deficit (D), and more frequent summer droughts. Many studies have examined the relationships between whole tree hydraulic conductance (Ktree) and stomatal conductance (gs), but Ktree remains an ill-defined quantity because it depends on a series of resistances, mainly controlled by the conductance in roots (Kroot) and leaves (Kleaf). To explain the variation in Ktree, we characterized Kroot and Kleaf and how they responded to environmental drivers such as soil moisture availability and D. In addition, the role of dynamic variations in Kroot and Kleaf in mediating stomatal control of transpiration and its response to D was studied. The 2007 summer drought was used as a means to challenge the hydraulic system, allowing testing how broadly predictions about its behaviour hold outside the range of typical conditions. Roots and leaves were the weakest points in the whole tree hydraulic system, and contributed for more than 75% of the total tree hydraulic resistance. Effects of drought on Ktree altered the partitioning of the resistance between roots and leaves and as soil moisture declined below 50% relative extractable water (REW), Kroot declined faster than Kleaf and became the dominant hydraulic fuse regulating Ktree. Although Ktree depended on soil moisture, its dynamics was tempered by current-year needle elongation that increased significantly Kleaf during the dry months when REW was below 50%. To maintain the integrity of the xylem hydraulic continuum from roots to leaves, stomata were highly responsive in coordinating transpiration with dynamic variation in Ktree. Daily maximum gs and its sensitivity to D decreased exponentially with decreasing soil moisture below 50% REW. After correcting for the effect of D on gs, the seasonnal decline in Ktree caused a 35% decrease in gs and in its sensitivity to D, response that was mainly driven by the decrease in Kroot with declining soil moisture. While the mechanism remains unknown, stomatal closure occurred as a feedback response to some aspect of transpiration related to Ktree, rather than as a direct response to D. The present study appears to be the first showing the respective role of woody vs. leaf component on the seasonal changes in Ktree, and the effect of such changes on gs and its sensitivity to D. We conclude that even in wet forests of North Carolina, dynamic water stress in response to climate change would reduce Ktree and impose a series of constraints on the water and carbon economy of the plant, such as lower gs and lower stomatal control. Furthermore, any factors influencing leaf phenology would impair the tight coordination between Ktree and gs and would affect the acclimation of trees to changing environmental conditions.

  11. Improvement of hydrologic simulations in CLM4 by modified soil properties

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    Du, E.; Di Vittorio, A. V.; Collins, W.

    2014-12-01

    Runoff and soil moisture biases were found by comparing fully coupled CCSM4 simulations and observations. The CLM underestimated runoff in the areas where soils have high clay content, but overestimated in the areas covered by volcanic ash soils (i.e. Andisols). Clayey soils tend to exhibit aggregation structure that prone to form macropores. Macropores enable water to flow through unsaturated soil more rapidly than it would in a soil matrix defined by Darcy's law. The existence of macropores increases effective hydraulic conductivity, thus decreases water content in the surface soils. Without this mechanism, CLM4 may overestimate evapotranspiration and in turn underestimate runoff by retaining too much plant available water. We hypothesize that lack of macropore flow mechanism is partially responsible for the underestimation and insufficient soil porosity representation is associated with overestimation. Andisols are soils formed in volcanic ash with very high porosity (often >0.60 cm3 cm-3) and water holding capacity. The mineral soil porosity is defined by sand content in CLM and is much lower than it would have been for Andisols. CLM may retain insufficient plant available water and underestimate evapotranspiration therefore partitioning too much to runoff. We propose more detailed soil maps in the CLM to improve the representations of soil physical properties that are critical in the terrestrial water modeling.

  12. Scaling of material properties for Yucca Mountain: literature review and numerical experiments on saturated hydraulic conductivity

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    McKenna, S.A.; Rautman, C.A.

    1996-08-01

    A review of pertinent literature reveals techniques which may be practical for upscaling saturated hydraulic conductivity at Yucca Mountain: geometric mean, spatial averaging, inverse numerical modeling, renormalization, and a perturbation technique. Isotropic realizations of log hydraulic conductivity exhibiting various spatial correlation lengths are scaled from the point values to five discrete scales through these techniques. For the variances in log{sub 10} saturated hydraulic conductivity examined here, geometric mean, numerical inverse and renormalization adequately reproduce point scale fluxes across the modeled domains. Fastest particle velocities and dispersion measured on the point scale are not reproduced by the upscaled fields. Additional numerical experiments examine the utility of power law averaging on a geostatistical realization of a cross-section similar to the cross-sections that will be used in the 1995 groundwater travel time calculations. A literature review on scaling techniques for thermal and mechanical properties is included. 153 refs., 29 figs., 6 tabs.

  13. A new test method for determining the anti-wear properties of hydraulic fluids

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    Priest, M.; March, C.N.; Cox, P.V.

    1997-12-31

    Existing pump test procedures for determining the anti-wear properties of hydraulic fluids are expensive to undertake, have a long test duration and require a large quantity of test fluid. This paper describes a project to develop an alternative low cost bench screening procedure of short duration, requiring only a small quantity of test fluid and using simple reproducible test specimens. A high level of correlation is demonstrated between the new test method and existing vane pump test procedures for a range of hydraulic fluids including mineral oils and water-glycol fluids. The new test procedure is highly suited to the hydraulic fluid development process requiring only ten liters of fluid per test and a maximum total test duration of six hours.

  14. Innovative Field Methods for Characterizing the Hydraulic Properties of a Complex Fractured Rock Aquifer (Ploemeur, Brittany)

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    Bour, O.; Le Borgne, T.; Longuevergne, L.; Lavenant, N.; Jimenez-Martinez, J.; De Dreuzy, J. R.; Schuite, J.; Boudin, F.; Labasque, T.; Aquilina, L.

    2014-12-01

    Characterizing the hydraulic properties of heterogeneous and complex aquifers often requires field scale investigations at multiple space and time scales to better constrain hydraulic property estimates. Here, we present and discuss results from the site of Ploemeur (Brittany, France) where complementary hydrological and geophysical approaches have been combined to characterize the hydrogeological functioning of this highly fractured crystalline rock aquifer. In particular, we show how cross-borehole flowmeter tests, pumping tests and frequency domain analysis of groundwater levels allow quantifying the hydraulic properties of the aquifer at different scales. In complement, we used groundwater temperature as an excellent tracer for characterizing groundwater flow. At the site scale, measurements of ground surface deformation through long-base tiltmeters provide robust estimates of aquifer storage and allow identifying the active structures where groundwater pressure changes occur, including those acting during recharge process. Finally, a numerical model of the site that combines hydraulic data and groundwater ages confirms the geometry of this complex aquifer and the consistency of the different datasets. The Ploemeur site, which has been used for water supply at a rate of about 106 m3 per year since 1991, belongs to the French network of hydrogeological sites H+ and is currently used for monitoring groundwater changes and testing innovative field methods.

  15. Quantifying Hydraulic Properties and Connections Between Structural Blocks at Pahute Mesa, Nevada National Security Site

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    Jackson, T. R.; Halford, K. J.; Garcia, C. A.

    2014-12-01

    Underground testing of high-yield nuclear devices on eastern Pahute Mesa in the Nevada National Security Site during the period from 1965-92 has introduced radionuclides into the groundwater system. Groundwater flow is complex because Pahute Mesa is underlain by a thick sequence of alternating lava flows and tuffs which have been faulted into distinct structural blocks. Hydraulic properties of volcanic-rock aquifers, confining units, and fault structures have been quantified across a 50 mi² area where radionuclide transport occurs. This large area has been investigated by pumping 60 million gallons of groundwater during 16 large-scale aquifer tests. Water-level changes have been detected in observation wells more than 3 mi from pumped wells and were interpreted simultaneously with multiple groundwater flow models—one model for each well site. Hydraulic properties were distributed with a single hydrogeologic framework model that was sampled by each groundwater-flow model. Hydraulic properties were estimated across structural blocks with offsets of 1,500 ft where pumping signals were measured across fault structures. The resulting large-scale estimates of hydraulic conductivity distributions and regional transmissivity map will improve predictions of radionuclide transport.

  16. A comparison of indexing methods to evaluate quality of soils subjected to different erosion: the role of soil microbiological properties.

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    Romaniuk, Romina; Lidia, Giuffre; Alejandro, Costantini; Norberto, Bartoloni; Paolo, Nannipieri

    2010-05-01

    Soil quality assessment is needed to evaluate the soil conditions and sustainability of soil and crop management properties, and thus requires a systematic approach to select and interpret soil properties to be used as indicators. The aim of this work was to evaluate and compare different indexing methods to assess quality of an undisturbed grassland soil (UN), a degraded pasture soil (GL) and a no tilled soil (NT) with four different A horizon depths (25, 23, 19 and 14 cm) reflecting a diverse erosion. Twenty four soil properties were measured from 0 to10 (1) and 10 to 20 cm. (2) and a minimum data set was chosen by multivariate principal component analysis (PCA) considering all measured soil properties together (A), or according to their classification in physical, chemical or microbiological (B) properties. The measured soil properties involved either inexpensive or not laborious standard protocols, to be used in routine laboratory analysis (simple soil quality index - SSQI), or a more laborious, time consuming and expensive protocols to determine microbial diversity and microbial functionality by methyl ester fatty acids (PLFA) and catabolic response profiles (CRP), respectively (complex soil quality index - CSQI). The selected properties were linearly normalized and integrated by the weight additive method to calculate SSQI A, SSQI B, CSQI A and CSQI B indices. Two microbiological soil quality indices (MSQI) were also calculated: the MSQI 1 only considered microbiological properties according to the procedure used for calculating SQI; the MSQI 2 was calculated by considering microbial carbon biomass (MCB), microbial activity (Resp) and functional diversity determined by CPR (E). The soil quality indices were SSQI A = MCB 1 + Particulate Organic Carbon (POC)1 + Mean Weight Diameter (MWD)1; SSQI B = Saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) 1 + Total Organic Carbon (TOC) 1 + MCB 1; CSQI A = MCB 1 + POC 1 + MWD 1; CSQI B = K 1+ TOC 1+ 0.3 * (MCB 1+ i/a +POC 1) + 0,05 * (E + cy/pre), where i/a and cy/pre are the iso/anteiso and cyclopropyl/precursors ratios determined by PLFA; MSQI 1 (0,3 * (MCB 1+ i/a 1 +POC 1) + 0,05 * (E 1+ cy/pre 1) ) and MSQI 2 (MCB 1+Resp 1+ E 1). All the calculated indices differentiated references plots (UN and GL), from those under no tillage (NT) system. Values were similar in NT plots with low erosion levels (NT 25 and 23) but higher than values of plots with high erosion (NT 19 and 14). Soil quality indices constructed by procedure B, (SSQI B and CSQI B) differentiated among the studied plots with the same or higher sensitivity than the other indices and allowed evaluating the impact of soil management practices and erosion on soil physical, chemical and microbiological properties. The lack of indicators representing all soil properties (physical, chemical and biological) in SQI constructed by procedure A could decrease the index sensitivity to changes in management; and the same may happen when physical, chemical and biological properties present different weights into the calculated SQI. The inclusion of CRP and PLFA data in the indices slightly increased or did not increase the index sensitivity (CSQI A and CSQI B). Generally microbiological indices (MSQI 1 and MSQI 2) were highly sensitive to soil erosion. However, we suggest that indices integrating physical, chemical and microbiological properties may give a more complete view of the soil quality than indices only based on measurement of a few microbiological properties.

  17. Testing the suitability of geologic frameworks for extrapolating hydraulic properties across regional scales

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    Mirus, Benjamin B.; Halford, Keith J.; Sweetkind, Donald; Fenelon, Joseph M.

    2016-02-18

    The suitability of geologic frameworks for extrapolating hydraulic conductivity (K) to length scales commensurate with hydraulic data is difficult to assess. A novel method is presented for evaluating assumed relations between K and geologic interpretations for regional-scale groundwater modeling. The approach relies on simultaneous interpretation of multiple aquifer tests using alternative geologic frameworks of variable complexity, where each framework is incorporated as prior information that assumes homogeneous K within each model unit. This approach is tested at Pahute Mesa within the Nevada National Security Site (USA), where observed drawdowns from eight aquifer tests in complex, highly faulted volcanic rocks providemore » the necessary hydraulic constraints. The investigated volume encompasses 40 mi3 (167 km3) where drawdowns traversed major fault structures and were detected more than 2 mi (3.2 km) from pumping wells. Complexity of the five frameworks assessed ranges from an undifferentiated mass of rock with a single unit to 14 distinct geologic units. Results show that only four geologic units can be justified as hydraulically unique for this location. The approach qualitatively evaluates the consistency of hydraulic property estimates within extents of investigation and effects of geologic frameworks on extrapolation. Distributions of transmissivity are similar within the investigated extents irrespective of the geologic framework. In contrast, the extrapolation of hydraulic properties beyond the volume investigated with interfering aquifer tests is strongly affected by the complexity of a given framework. As a result, testing at Pahute Mesa illustrates how this method can be employed to determine the appropriate level of geologic complexity for large-scale groundwater modeling.« less

  18. Testing the suitability of geologic frameworks for extrapolating hydraulic properties across regional scales

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    Mirus, Benjamin B.; Halford, Keith J.; Sweetkind, Donald; Fenelon, Joseph M.

    2016-01-01

    The suitability of geologic frameworks for extrapolating hydraulic conductivity (K) to length scales commensurate with hydraulic data is difficult to assess. A novel method is presented for evaluating assumed relations between K and geologic interpretations for regional-scale groundwater modeling. The approach relies on simultaneous interpretation of multiple aquifer tests using alternative geologic frameworks of variable complexity, where each framework is incorporated as prior information that assumes homogeneous K within each model unit. This approach is tested at Pahute Mesa within the Nevada National Security Site (USA), where observed drawdowns from eight aquifer tests in complex, highly faulted volcanic rocks provide the necessary hydraulic constraints. The investigated volume encompasses 40 mi3 (167 km3) where drawdowns traversed major fault structures and were detected more than 2 mi (3.2 km) from pumping wells. Complexity of the five frameworks assessed ranges from an undifferentiated mass of rock with a single unit to 14 distinct geologic units. Results show that only four geologic units can be justified as hydraulically unique for this location. The approach qualitatively evaluates the consistency of hydraulic property estimates within extents of investigation and effects of geologic frameworks on extrapolation. Distributions of transmissivity are similar within the investigated extents irrespective of the geologic framework. In contrast, the extrapolation of hydraulic properties beyond the volume investigated with interfering aquifer tests is strongly affected by the complexity of a given framework. Testing at Pahute Mesa illustrates how this method can be employed to determine the appropriate level of geologic complexity for large-scale groundwater modeling.

  19. Testing the suitability of geologic frameworks for extrapolating hydraulic properties across regional scales

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mirus, Benjamin B.; Halford, Keith; Sweetkind, Don; Fenelon, Joe

    2016-02-01

    The suitability of geologic frameworks for extrapolating hydraulic conductivity (K) to length scales commensurate with hydraulic data is difficult to assess. A novel method is presented for evaluating assumed relations between K and geologic interpretations for regional-scale groundwater modeling. The approach relies on simultaneous interpretation of multiple aquifer tests using alternative geologic frameworks of variable complexity, where each framework is incorporated as prior information that assumes homogeneous K within each model unit. This approach is tested at Pahute Mesa within the Nevada National Security Site (USA), where observed drawdowns from eight aquifer tests in complex, highly faulted volcanic rocks provide the necessary hydraulic constraints. The investigated volume encompasses 40 mi3 (167 km3) where drawdowns traversed major fault structures and were detected more than 2 mi (3.2 km) from pumping wells. Complexity of the five frameworks assessed ranges from an undifferentiated mass of rock with a single unit to 14 distinct geologic units. Results show that only four geologic units can be justified as hydraulically unique for this location. The approach qualitatively evaluates the consistency of hydraulic property estimates within extents of investigation and effects of geologic frameworks on extrapolation. Distributions of transmissivity are similar within the investigated extents irrespective of the geologic framework. In contrast, the extrapolation of hydraulic properties beyond the volume investigated with interfering aquifer tests is strongly affected by the complexity of a given framework. Testing at Pahute Mesa illustrates how this method can be employed to determine the appropriate level of geologic complexity for large-scale groundwater modeling.

  20. Hydraulic testing around Room Q: Evaluation of the effects of mining on the hydraulic properties of Salado Evaporites

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    Domski, P.S.; Upton, D.T.; Beauheim, R.L.

    1996-03-01

    Room Q is a 109-m-long cylindrical excavation in the Salado Formation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site. Fifteen boreholes were drilled and instrumented around Room Q so that tests could be conducted to determine the effects of room excavation on the hydraulic properties of the surrounding evaporate rocks. Pressure-buildup and pressure-pulse tests were conducted in all of the boreholes before Room Q was mined. The data sets from only eight of the boreholes are adequate for parameter estimation, and five of those are of poor quality. Constant-pressure flow tests and pressure-buildup tests were conducted after Room Q was mined, producing eleven interpretable data sets, including two of poor quality. Pre-mining transmissivities interpreted from the three good-quality data sets ranged from 1 x 10{sup -15} to 5 x 10{sup -14} m{sup 2}/s (permeability-thickness products of 2 x 10{sup -22} to 9 x 10{sup -21} m{sup 3}) for test intervals ranging in length from 0.85 to 1.37 m. Pre-mining average permeabilities, which can be considered representative of undisturbed, far-field conditions, were 6 x 10{sup -20} and 8 x 10{sup -20} m{sup 2} for anhydrite, and 3 x 10{sup -22} m{sup 2} for halite. Post-mining transmissivities interpreted from the good-quality data sets ranged from 1 x 10{sup -16} to 3 x 10{sup -13} m{sup 2}/s (permeability-thickness products of 2 x 10{sup -23} to 5 x 10{sup -20} m{sup 3}). Post-mining average permeabilities for anhydrite ranged from 8 x 10{sup -20} to 1 x 10{sup -19} m{sup 2}. The changes in hydraulic properties and pore pressures that were observed can be attributed to one or a combination of three processes: stress reduction, changes in pore connectivity, and flow towards Room Q. The effects of the three processes cannot be individually quantified with the available data.

  1. Minimum property dataset and sampling requirement tool for soil change studies in soil survey

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Dynamic soil properties (DSP) are those properties that change over human time scales. The new sampling guide “Soil and Resource Inventory Guide for Dynamic Soil Properties and Soil Change” includes a minimum DSP dataset and an interactive tool to determine sampling requirements. The minimum dataset...

  2. Prototype Data Models and Data Dictionaries for Hanford Sediment Physical and Hydraulic Properties

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    Rockhold, Mark L.; Last, George V.; Middleton, Lisa A.

    2010-09-30

    The Remediation Decision Support (RDS) project, managed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC), has been compiling physical and hydraulic property data and parameters to support risk analyses and waste management decisions at Hanford. In FY09 the RDS project developed a strategic plan for a physical and hydraulic property database. This report documents prototype data models and dictionaries for these properties and associated parameters. Physical properties and hydraulic parameters and their distributions are required for any type of quantitative assessment of risk and uncertainty associated with predictions of contaminant transport and fate in the subsurface. The central plateau of the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State contains most of the contamination at the Site and has up to {approx}100 m of unsaturated and unconsolidated or semi-consolidated sediments overlying the unconfined aquifer. These sediments contain a wide variety of contaminants ranging from organic compounds, such as carbon tetrachloride, to numerous radionuclides including technetium, plutonium, and uranium. Knowledge of the physical and hydraulic properties of the sediments and their distributions is critical for quantitative assessment of the transport of these contaminants in the subsurface, for evaluation of long-term risks and uncertainty associated with model predictions of contaminant transport and fate, and for evaluating, designing, and operating remediation alternatives. One of the goals of PNNL's RDS project is to work with the Hanford Environmental Data Manager (currently with CHPRC) to develop a protocol and schedule for incorporation of physical property and hydraulic parameter datasets currently maintained by PNNL into HEIS. This requires that the data first be reviewed to ensure quality and consistency. New data models must then be developed for HEIS that are approved by the HTAG that oversees HEIS development. After approval, these new data models then need to be implemented in HEIS by the EDM before there is an actual repository for the data. This document summarizes modifications to previously developed data models, and new data models and data dictionaries for physical and hydraulic property data and parameters to be transferred to HEIS. A prototype dataset that conforms to the specifications of these recommended data models has been identified and processed, and is ready for transfer to CHPRC for inclusion in HEIS. Additional datasets are planned for transfer from PNNL to CHPRC in FY11.

  3. Controls of soil hydraulic characteristics on modeling groundwater recharge under different climatic conditions

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    Wang, Tiejun; Franz, Trenton E.; Zlotnik, Vitaly A.

    2015-02-01

    To meet the challenge of estimating spatially varying groundwater recharge (GR), increasing attention has been given to the use of vadose zone models (VZMs). However, the application of this approach is usually constrained by the lack of field soil hydraulic characteristics (SHCs) required by VZMs. To tackle this issue, SHCs based on the van Genuchten or Brooks-Corey model are generally estimated by pedotransfer functions or taken from texture based class averages. With the increasing use of this method, it is important to elucidate the controls of SHCs on computing GR mostly due to the high nonlinearity of the models. In this study, it is hypothesized that the nonlinear controls of SHCs on computing GR would vary with climatic conditions. To test this hypothesis, a widely used VZM along with two SHCs datasets for sand and loamy sand is used to compute GR at four sites in the continental Unites States with a significant gradient of precipitation (P). The simulation results show that the distribution patterns of mean annual GR ratios (GR ‾ / P ‾ , where GR ‾ and P ‾ are mean annual GR and P, respectively) vary considerably across the sites, largely depending on soil texture and climatic conditions at each site. It is found that GR ‾ / P ‾ is mainly controlled by the shape factor n in the van Genuchten model and the nonlinear effect of n on GR ‾ / P ‾ varies with climatic conditions. Specifically, for both soil textures, the variability in GR ‾ / P ‾ is smallest at the Andrews Forest with the highest P ‾ (191.3 cm/year) and GR ‾ / P ‾ is least sensitive to n; whereas, the variability in GR ‾ / P ‾ at the Konza Prairie (P ‾ = 84.2 cm/year) is the largest and GR ‾ / P ‾ is most sensitive to n. With further decreasing P ‾ , the nonlinear effect of n weakens at the Barta Brothers (P ‾ = 57.3 cm/year) and Sevilleta (P ‾ = 20.3 cm/year), leading to smaller GR ‾ / P ‾ variability at those two sites than at the Konza Prairie. The results also reveal that GR ‾ / P ‾ in finer soils with smaller n values decreases more rapidly with decreasing P ‾ .

  4. Status Report on Transfer of Physical and Hydraulic Properties Databases to the Hanford Environmental Information System - PNNL Remediation Decision Support Project, Task 1, Activity 6

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    Rockhold, Mark L.; Middleton, Lisa A.; Cantrell, Kirk J.

    2009-06-30

    This document provides a status report on efforts to transfer physical and hydraulic property data from PNNL to CHPRC for incorporation into HEIS. The Remediation Decision Support (RDS) Project is managed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to support Hanford Site waste management and remedial action decisions by the U.S. Department of Energy and their contractors. The objective of Task 1, Activity 6 of the RDS project is to compile all available physical and hydraulic property data for sediments from the Hanford Site, to port these data into the Hanford Environmental Information System (HEIS), and to make the data web-accessible to anyone on the Hanford Local Area Network via the so-called Virtual Library. These physical and hydraulic property data are used to estimate parameters for analytical and numerical flow and transport models that are used for site risk assessments and evaluation of remedial action alternatives. In past years efforts were made by RDS project staff to compile all available physical and hydraulic property data for Hanford sediments and to transfer these data into SoilVision{reg_sign}, a commercial geotechnical software package designed for storing, analyzing, and manipulating soils data. Although SoilVision{reg_sign} has proven to be useful, its access and use restrictions have been recognized as a limitation to the effective use of the physical and hydraulic property databases by the broader group of potential users involved in Hanford waste site issues. In order to make these data more widely available and useable, a decision was made to port them to HEIS and to make them web-accessible via a Virtual Library module. In FY08 the original objectives of this activity on the RDS project were to: (1) ensure traceability and defensibility of all physical and hydraulic property data currently residing in the SoilVision{reg_sign} database maintained by PNNL, (2) transfer the physical and hydraulic property data from the Microsoft Access database files used by SoilVision{reg_sign} into HEIS, which is currently being maintained by CH2M-Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHRPC), (3) develop a Virtual Library module for accessing these data from HEIS, and (4) write a User's Manual for the Virtual Library module. The intent of these activities is to make the available physical and hydraulic property data more readily accessible and useable by technical staff and operable unit managers involved in waste site assessments and remedial action decisions for Hanford. In FY08 communications were established between PNNL and staff from Fluor-Hanford Co. (who formerly managed HEIS) to outline the design of a Virtual Library module that could be used to access the physical and hydraulic property data that are to be transferred into HEIS. Data dictionaries used by SoilVision{reg_sign} were also provided to Fluor-Hanford personnel who are now with CHPRC. During ongoing work to ensure traceability and defensibility of all physical and hydraulic property data that currently reside in the SoilVision{reg_sign} database, it was recognized that further work would be required in this effort before the data were actually ported into HEIS. Therefore work on the Virtual Library module development and an accompanying User's Guide was deferred until an unspecified later date. In FY09 efforts have continued to verify the traceability and defensibility of the physical and hydraulic property datasets that are currently being maintained by PNNL. Although this is a work in progress, several of these datasets are now ready for transfer to CHRPC for inclusion in HEIS. The actual loading of data into HEIS is performed by CHPRC staff, so after the data are transferred from PNNL to CHPRC, it will be the responsibility of CHPRC to ensure that these data are loaded and made accessible. This document provides a status report on efforts to transfer physical and hydraulic property data from PNNL to CHPRC for incorporation into HEIS.

  5. Soil characteristics and landcover relationships on soil hydraulic conductivity at a hillslope scale: A view towards local flood management

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    Archer, N. A. L.; Bonell, M.; Coles, N.; MacDonald, A. M.; Auton, C. A.; Stevenson, R.

    2013-08-01

    There are surprisingly few studies in humid temperate forests which provide reliable evidence that soil permeability is enhanced under forests. This work addresses this research gap through a detailed investigation of permeability on a hillslope in the Eddleston Catchment, Scottish Borders UK, to evaluate the impact of land cover, superficial geology and soil types on permeability using measurements of field saturated hydraulic conductivity (Kfs) supported by detailed topsoil profile descriptions and counting of roots with diameters >2 mm. Kfs was measured at depth 0.04-0.15 m using a constant head well permeameter across four paired landcover sites of adjacent tree and intensely grazed grassland. The measured tree types were: 500-year-old mixed woodland; 180-year-old mixed woodland; 45-year-old Pinus sylvestris plantation; and 180-year-old Salix caprea woodland. The respective paired grids of trees and grassland were compared on similar soil texture and topography. This study highlights the significant impact of broadleaf woodland at a hillslope scale on Kfs in comparison to grassland areas: median Kfs values under 180-year-old S. caprea woodland (8 mm h-1), 180-year-old mixed woodland (119 mm h-1) and 500-year-old broadleaf woodland (174 mm h-1) were found to be respectively 8, 6 and 5 times higher than neighbouring grazed grassland areas on the same superficial geology. Further statistical analysis indicates that such Kfs enhancement is associated with the presence of coarse roots (>2 mm diameter) creating conduits for preferential flow and a deeper organic layer in the topsoil profile under woodlands. By contrast the P. sylvestris forest had only slightly higher (42 mm h-1), but not statistically different Kfs values, when compared to adjacent pasture (35 mm h-1). In the grassland areas, in the absence of course roots, the superficial geology was dominant in accounting for differences in Kfs, with the alluvium floodplain having a significantly lower median Kfs (1 mm h-1) than surrounding hillslope sites, which had a range of median Kfs from 21 to 39 mm h-1. The data were used to infer areas of runoff generation by comparing Kfs values with modelled 15 min maximum intensity duration rainfall with a 1 in 10 year return period. Infiltration prevailed in the 180- and 500-year-old mixed and broadleaf woodland, whereas some grassland areas and the floodplain were inferred to generate overland flow. The significantly higher Kfs under broadleaf mature forests suggests that planting broadleaf woodlands on hillslopes in clusters or as shelterbelts within grasslands would provide areas of increased capacity for rainfall infiltration and arrest runoff generation during flood-producing storm events.

  6. Soil properties and susceptibility to preferential solute transport in tilled topsoil at the catchment scale

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    Ghafoor, A.; Koestel, J.; Larsbo, M.; Moeys, J.; Jarvis, N.

    2013-06-01

    Preferential water flow and solute transport can have dramatic effects on the leaching of contaminants to groundwater and surface waters (via subsurface drainage) and is therefore of major concern to policy and decision-makers in the realm of water resources management. Unfortunately, we cannot measure these processes at the landscape scales that are relevant for management (farms, catchments, regions), which implies that an approach based on pedotransfer functions is needed to support model predictions. However, the extent to which susceptibility to preferential solute transport can be predicted from proxy site and soil attributes that can be observed and mapped at the landscape scale is still largely unknown. We therefore carried out non-reactive solute breakthrough experiments on 45 topsoil columns sampled from the contrasting soil types found in a 13 km2 agricultural catchment in Sweden. Non-parametric indicators of preferential solute transport were derived from the shapes of the solute breakthrough curves and related to soil physical and hydraulic properties measured in the same columns. The results showed that preferential transport was weakly (and negatively) correlated with the saturated macropore hydraulic conductivity. In contrast, it was much more strongly controlled by the size of the largest water-filled pore, which in turn was significantly correlated to the saturated hydraulic conductivity of the soil matrix and soil textural classes. Preferential transport was also weakly expressed in three fine-textured soils of large organic carbon content. We conclude that the spatial pattern of preferential transport across the studied catchment should show a clear deterministic component since it depended on soil properties (e.g. clay content) that are expressed relatively uniformly across larger areas of land.

  7. Sensitivity of water stress in a two-layered sandy grassland soil to variations in groundwater depth and soil hydraulic parameters

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    Rezaei, M.; Seuntjens, P.; Joris, I.; Boënne, W.; Van Hoey, S.; Campling, P.; Cornelis, W. M.

    2016-01-01

    Monitoring and modelling tools may improve irrigation strategies in precision agriculture. We used non-invasive soil moisture monitoring, a crop growth and a soil hydrological model to predict soil water content fluctuations and crop yield in a heterogeneous sandy grassland soil under supplementary irrigation. The sensitivity of the soil hydrological model to hydraulic parameters, water stress, crop yield and lower boundary conditions was assessed after integrating models. Free drainage and incremental constant head conditions were implemented in a lower boundary sensitivity analysis. A time-dependent sensitivity analysis of the hydraulic parameters showed that changes in soil water content are mainly affected by the soil saturated hydraulic conductivity Ks and the Mualem-van Genuchten retention curve shape parameters n and α. Results further showed that different parameter optimization strategies (two-, three-, four- or six-parameter optimizations) did not affect the calculated water stress and water content as significantly as does the bottom boundary. In this case, a two-parameter scenario, where Ks was optimized for each layer under the condition of a constant groundwater depth at 135-140 cm, performed best. A larger yield reduction, and a larger number and longer duration of stress conditions occurred in the free drainage condition as compared to constant boundary conditions. Numerical results showed that optimal irrigation scheduling using the aforementioned water stress calculations can save up to 12-22 % irrigation water as compared to the current irrigation regime. This resulted in a yield increase of 4.5-6.5 %, simulated by the crop growth model.

  8. Sensitivity of water stress in a two-layered sandy grassland soil to variations in groundwater depth and soil hydraulic parameters

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    Rezaei, M.; Seuntjens, P.; Joris, I.; Boënne, W.; Van Hoey, S.; Campling, P.; Cornelis, W. M.

    2015-07-01

    Monitoring and modeling tools may improve irrigation strategies in precision agriculture. We used non-invasive soil moisture monitoring, a crop growth and a soil hydrological model to predict soil-water content fluctuations and crop yield in a heterogeneous sandy grassland soil under supplementary irrigation. The sensitivity of the model to hydraulic parameters, water stress, crop yield and lower boundary conditions was assessed. Free drainage and incremental constant head conditions was implemented in a lower boundary sensitivity analysis. A time-dependent sensitivity analysis showed that changes in soil water content are mainly affected by the soil saturated hydraulic conductivity Ks and the Mualem-van Genuchten retention curve shape parameters n and α. Results further showed that different parameter optimization strategies (two-, three-, four- or six-parameter optimizations) did not affect the calculated water stress and water content as significantly as does the bottom boundary. For this case, a two-parameter scenario, where Ks was optimized for each layer under the condition of a constant groundwater depth at 135-140 cm, performed best. A larger yield reduction, and a larger number and longer duration of stress conditions occurred in the free drainage condition as compared to constant boundary conditions. Numerical results showed that optimal irrigation scheduling using the aforementioned water stress calculations can save up to 12-22 % irrigation water as compared to the current irrigation regime. This resulted in a yield increase of 4.5-6.5 %, simulated by crop growth model.

  9. Numerical evaluation of effective unsaturated hydraulic properties for fractured rocks

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    Lu, Zhiming; Kwicklis, Edward M

    2009-01-01

    To represent a heterogeneous unsaturated fractured rock by its homogeneous equivalent, Monte Carlo simulations are used to obtain upscaled (effective) flow properties. In this study, we present a numerical procedure for upscaling the van Genuchten parameters of unsaturated fractured rocks by conducting Monte Carlo simulations of the unsaturated flow in a domain under gravity-dominated regime. The simulation domain can be chosen as the scale of block size in the field-scale modeling. The effective conductivity is computed from the steady-state flux at the lower boundary and plotted as a function of the averaging pressure head or saturation over the domain. The scatter plot is then fitted using van Genuchten model and three parameters, i.e., the saturated conductivity K{sub s}, the air-entry parameter {alpha}, the pore-size distribution parameter n, corresponding to this model are considered as the effective K{sub s}, effective {alpha}, and effective n, respectively.

  10. Reservoir hydraulic properties from oscillating pore pressure method

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    Hasanov, A.; Batzle, M. L.

    2014-12-01

    We use the oscillatory pore pressure method for simultaneous measurements of rock transport properties, such as intrinsic permeability and specific storage capacity. The pore pressure pulsing method has been described by several researchers; however we examine the relationship between a rock's transport properties and dynamic pressure parameters, such as amplitude and frequency. We confirm that the oscillating pore pressure method accurately measures permeability; however storage capacity values suffer from measurement uncertainties. We further developed a novel method to infer the permeabilities from frequency-dependent data. Permeabilities are calculated by non-linear least-squares fitting of the pressure attenuation and phase data, measured on three rock samples at various confining pressures and oscillating pore pressure frequencies. Permeabilities estimated for three tested specimen were in close agreement with steady-state values. Storage capacities, however, exhibit significant absolute errors. Frequency dependence of derived values were furtherexplored, and an apparent increase in permeability has been noticed. These observations do not necessarily indicate a dispersion effect of the absolute permeability of the rock sample. We explain this effect by the deviation in phase shifts, caused by non-Darcy or radial flow. Permeabilities still can be inverted with high accuracy from the frequency-dependent amplitude ratio data, as well as lower frequency limit of phase data by nonlinear least-squares fitting of the theoretical permeability curve. Our future work includes measuring lower permeability rocks, such as tight gas sandstones and shales. We also plan to expand the working frequency range by utilizing pore pressure intensifier as a source of pressure oscillations.

  11. Properties of lunar soil simulant JSC-1

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    Willman, Brian M.; Boles, Walter W.; McKay, David S.; Allen, Carlton C.

    1995-04-01

    With the establishment of a lunar base, many tasks will require direct interaction between the in-situ lunar soil and a wide variety of instruments and implements. The individual tasks may be scientific in nature, or simply the manipulation of the lunar soil. To help fulfill the need for relatively large quantities of lunar soil simulant in researching these operations, Johnson Space Center has developed a new simulant called JSC-1. It is produced from a basaltic pyroclastic sheet deposit located in the San Francisco volcanic field near Flagstaff, Arizona. JSC-1 is a crushed, ground, and sieved material that was developed to have similar mechanical properties and characteristics of the lunar soil. Furthermore, this glass-rich basaltic ash can be used in chemical or mineralogical resource studies. The Lunar Soil Simulant Laboratory, at the Civil Engineering Department, at Texas A&M University, is responsible for analyzing, storing, and distributing this material to qualified researchers. Information regarding the availability of JSC-1 is provided at the end of the paper. The purpose of this paper is to assess JSC-1 as a close terrestrial analog of the lunar soil and to inform the research community of the availability of the new simulant.

  12. Multi-Sensor Estimation of Claypan Soil Profile Properties

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    Large quantities of data are needed to solve land use and soil management problems, yet lab analysis of soil data is costly and time consuming. Soil property sensors on mobile platforms have the capability to estimate soil properties at many more locations than reference lab measurements. The fusion...

  13. Influence of Robinia pseudoacacia short rotation coppice on soil physical properties

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    Xavier, Morvan; Isabelle, Bertrand; Gwenaelle, Gibaud

    2015-04-01

    Human activities can lead to the degradation of soil physical properties. For instance, machinery traffic across the land can induce the development of compacted areas at the wheel tracks. It leads to a decrease in porosity which results in a decrease of the hydraulic conductivity, and therefore, prevents water infiltration and promotes surface runoff. Land use, soil management and soil cover also have a significant influence on soil physical properties (Kodesova et al., 2011). In the arable land, surface runoff and soil erosion are enhanced by the absence of soil cover for part of the year and by the decrease of aggregate stability due to a decline of soil organic matter. In that context, few studies focused on the effects of a Robinia pseudoacacia short rotation coppice (SRC) on soil physical properties. Therefore, this study aims to determine the effect of the conversion of a grassland in a SRC on soil physical properties. These properties have also been compared to those of arable land and natural forest. For that, in several plots of the experimental farm of Grignon (30 km west of Paris, France), different measurements were performed: i) soil water retention on a pressure plate apparatus for 7 water potential between 0 and 1500 kPa, ii) bulk density using the method for gravelly and rocky soil recommended by the USDA, iii) aggregate stability using the method described in Le Bissonnais (1996), and iv) soil hydraulic conductivity using a Guelph permeameter. All these measurements were performed on the same soil type and on different land uses: arable land (AL), grassland (GL), natural forest (NF) and short rotation coppice (SRC) of Robinia pseudoacacia planted 5 years ago. Soil water retention measurements are still under progress and will be presented in congress. Bulk density measurements of the AL, GL and SRC are not significantly different. They ranged from 1.32 to 1.42. Only the NF measurements are significantly lower than the other (0.97). Aggregate stability measurements showed that the SRC soil had the most stable aggregates compared to the other land uses. SRC also had the highest infiltration rates (656 mm.h-1) compared to NF (54 mm.h-1), GL (23 mm.h-1) and AL (8 mm.h-1). Analyses and explanation of these results are still under progress and will be presented in congress. Kodesova, R., Jirku, V., Kodes, V., Muhlhanselova, M., Nikodem, A., Žigová, A., 2011. Soil structure and soil hydraulic properties of Haplic Luvisol used as arable land and grassland. Soil and Tillage Research 111 (2), pp. 154-161. Le Bissonnais Y., 1996. Aggregate stability and assessment of soil crustability and erodibility: I theory and methodology. European Journal of Soil Science 47, 425-437.

  14. Hydraulic and Seismic Properties of Methane-Bearing Coal

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    Kneafsey, T. J.; Gritto, R.; Tomutsa, L.

    2002-12-01

    In the last 10 years, coalbed methane (CBM) has transformed from being a coal mine hazard to a low-risk source of long term dry natural gas. The benefit of this clean burning natural gas as an energy source in conjunction with vast amounts stored in coal basins has led to the development of an industry that produces CBM. Reduction of carbon emissions to the atmosphere through carbon dioxide injection into coal has added another benefit to the production of CMB, as carbon dioxide may be used to desorb methane from coal seams. In order to successfully produce CBM, more information is needed on the migration of methane through fractures and cleats and on the replacement of methane by carbon dioxide in the coal seam. Laboratory experiments