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Soil nitrogen mineralization as affected by water and temperature interactions  

Microsoft Academic Search

The hypothesis that water and temperature interact to influence the rate of soil N mineralization was studied in laboratory incubation experiments with two contrasting soils. Small sample rings (10 mm tall, 50 mm diameter) were packed to uniform bulk density with 1–2 mm aggregates of Plano silt loam and Wacousta silty clay loam. Samples were brought to five different water

Eileen J. Kladivko; Dennis R. Keeney

1987-01-01

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Digital Soil Mapping: Interactions with  

E-print Network

Chapter 21 Digital Soil Mapping: Interactions with and Applications for Hydropedology J.A. Thompson,1, * S. Roecker,2 S. Grunwald3 and P.R. Owens4 ABSTRACT Spatial information on soils, particularly hydrologic and hydromorphic soil properties, is used to understand and assess soil water retention, flooding

Grunwald, Sabine

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Trees, Soil and Water  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Trees, soil and water: Journey to Forever - health care for mountains, trees for deserts, trees for people, forest, forestry, deforestation, erosion, soil conservation, water conservation, desertification.

Keith Addison

2010-01-01

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Oxygen isotope fractionation effects in soil water via interaction with cations (Mg, Ca, K, Na) adsorbed to phyllosilicate clay minerals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In isotope-enabled hydrology, soil and vadose zone sediments have been generally considered to be isotopically inert with respect to the water they host. This is inconsistent with knowledge that clay particles possessing an electronegative surface charge and resulting cation exchange capacity (CEC) interact with a wide range of solutes which, in the absence of clays, have been shown to exhibit ?18O isotope effects that vary in relation to the ionic strength of the solutions. To investigate the isotope effects caused by high CEC clays in mineral-water systems, we created a series of monominerallic-water mixtures at gravimetric water contents ranging from 5% to 32%, consisting of pure deionized water of known isotopic composition with homoionic (Mg, Ca, Na, K) montmorillonite. Similar mixtures were also created with quartz to determine the isotope effect of non-, or very minimally-, charged mineral surfaces. The ?18O value of the water in these monominerallic soil analogs was then measured by isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) after direct headspace CO2 equilibration. Mg- and Ca-exchanged homoionic montmorillonite depleted measured ?18O values up to 1.55‰ relative to pure water at 5% water content, declining to 0.49‰ depletion at 30% water content. K-montmorillonite enriched measured ?18O values up to 0.86‰ at 5% water content, declining to 0.11‰ enrichment at 30% water. Na-montmorillonite produces no measureable isotope effect. The isotope effects observed in these experiments may be present in natural, high-clay soils and sediments. These findings have relevance to the interpretation of results of direct CO2-water equilibration approaches to the measurement of the ?18O value of soil water. The adsorbed cation isotope effect may bear consideration in studies of pedogenic carbonate, plant-soil water use and soil-atmosphere interaction. Finally, the observed isotope effects may prove useful as molecular scale probes of the nature of mineral-water interactions.

Oerter, Erik; Finstad, Kari; Schaefer, Justin; Goldsmith, Gregory R.; Dawson, Todd; Amundson, Ronald

2014-07-01

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Investigation of Interactive Effects on Water Flow and Solute Transport in Sandy Loam Soil Using Time Domain Reflectometry  

PubMed Central

Surface-applied chemicals move through the unsaturated zone with complex flow and transport processes due to soil heterogeneity and reach the saturated zone, resulting in groundwater contamination. Such complex processes need to be studied by advanced measurement and modeling techniques to protect soil and water resources from contamination. In this study, the interactive effects of factors like soil structure, initial soil water content (SWC), and application rate on preferential flow and transport were studied in a sandy loam field soil using measurement (by time domain reflectometry (TDR)) and modeling (by MACRO and VS2DTI) techniques. In addition, statistical analyses were performed to compare the means of the measured and modeled SWC and EC, and solute transport parameters (pore water velocity and dispersion coefficient) in 12 treatments. Research results showed that even though the effects of soil structural conditions on water and solute transport were not so clear, the applied solution moved lower depths in the profiles of wet versus dry initial SWC and high application rate versus low application rates. The effects of soil structure and initial SWC on water and solute movement could be differentiated under the interactive conditions, but the effects of the application rates were difficult to differentiate under different soil structural and initial SWC conditions. Modeling results showed that MACRO had somewhat better performance than VS2DTI in the estimation of SWC and EC with space and time, but overall both models had relatively low performances. The means of SWC, EC, and solute transport parameters of the 12 treatments were divided into some groups based on the statistical analyses, indicating different flow and transport characteristics or a certain degree nonuniform or preferential flow and transport in the soil. Conducting field experiments with more interactive factors and applying the models with different approaches may allow better understanding of flow and transport processes in addition to the simulations of them in the unsaturated zone. PMID:23012568

Merdun, Hasan

2012-01-01

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Impact of interspecific interactions on the soil water uptake depth in a young temperate mixed species plantation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Interactions between tree species in forests can be beneficial to ecosystem functions and services related to the carbon and water cycles by improving for example transpiration and productivity. However, little is known on below- and above-ground processes leading to these positive effects. We tested whether stratification in soil water uptake depth occurred between four tree species in a 10-year-old temperate mixed species plantation during a dry summer. We selected dominant and co-dominant trees of European beech, Sessile oak, Douglas fir and Norway spruce in areas with varying species diversity, competition intensity, and where different plant functional types (broadleaf vs. conifer) were present. We applied a deuterium labelling approach that consisted of spraying labelled water to the soil surface to create a strong vertical gradient of the deuterium isotope composition in the soil water. The deuterium isotope composition of both the xylem sap and the soil water was measured before labelling, and then again three days after labelling, to estimate the soil water uptake depth using a simple modelling approach. We also sampled leaves and needles from selected trees to measure their carbon isotope composition (a proxy for water use efficiency) and total nitrogen content. At the end of the summer, we found differences in the soil water uptake depth between plant functional types but not within types: on average, coniferous species extracted water from deeper layers than did broadleaved species. Neither species diversity nor competition intensity had a detectable influence on soil water uptake depth, foliar water use efficiency or foliar nitrogen concentration in the species studied. However, when coexisting with an increasing proportion of conifers, beech extracted water from progressively deeper soil layers. We conclude that complementarity for water uptake could occur in this 10-year-old plantation because of inherent differences among functional groups (conifers and broadleaves). Furthermore, water uptake depth of beech was already influenced at this young development stage by interspecific interactions whereas no clear niche differentiation occurred for the other species. This finding does not preclude that plasticity-mediated responses to species interactions could increase as the plantation ages, leading to the coexistence of these species in adult forest stands.

Grossiord, Charlotte; Gessler, Arthur; Granier, André; Berger, Sigrid; Bréchet, Claude; Hentschel, Rainer; Hommel, Robert; Scherer-Lorenzen, Michael; Bonal, Damien

2014-11-01

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CHEMFLO-2000: INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE FOR PREDICTING AND VISUALIZING TRANSIENT WATER AND CHEMICAL MOVEMENT IN SOILS AND ASSOCIATED UNCERTAINTIES  

EPA Science Inventory

An interactive Java applet and a stand-alone application program will be developed based on the CHEMFLO model developed in the mid-1980s and published as an EPA report (EPA/600/8-89/076). The model solves Richards Equation for transient water movement in unsaturated soils, and so...

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Plant Interactions with Changes in Coverage of Biological Soil Crusts and Water Regime in Mu Us Sandland, China  

PubMed Central

Plant interactions greatly affect plant community structure. Dryland ecosystems are characterized by low amounts of unpredictable precipitation as well as by often having biological soil crusts (BSCs) on the soil surface. In dryland plant communities, plants interact mostly as they compete for water resources, and the direction and intensity of plant interaction varies as a function of the temporal fluctuation in water availability. Since BSCs influence water redistribution to some extent, a greenhouse experiment was conducted to test the hypothesis that the intensity and direction of plant interactions in a dryland plant community can be modified by BSCs. In the experiment, 14 combinations of four plant species (Artemisia ordosica, Artemisia sphaerocephala, Chloris virgata and Setaria viridis) were subjected to three levels of coverage of BSCs and three levels of water supply. The results show that: 1) BSCs affected plant interaction intensity for the four plant species: a 100% coverage of BSCs significantly reduced the intensity of competition between neighboring plants, while it was highest with a 50% coverage of BSCs in combination with the target species of A. sphaerocephala and C. virgata; 2) effects of the coverage of BSCs on plant interactions were modified by water regime when the target species were C. virgata and S. viridis; 3) plant interactions were species-specific. In conclusion, the percent coverage of BSCs affected plant interactions, and the effects were species-specific and could be modified by water regimes. Further studies should focus on effects of the coverage of BSCs on plant-soil hydrological processes. PMID:24498173

Gao, Shuqin; Pan, Xu; Cui, Qingguo; Hu, Yukun; Ye, Xuehua; Dong, Ming

2014-01-01

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Ecohydrological feedbacks between soil salinity and vegetation dynamics as mediated by interactions with the water table  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In areas with relatively shallow water tables, changes in vegetation cover may affect local hydrologic conditions and favor the accumulation of salt within different parts of the soil profile. Because most plants are sensitive to saline soil water, a salt-vegetation feedback may exist, whereby vegetation cover maintains deeper water tables and slower rates of salt accumulation. As a result of this feedback, both a state with vegetation cover, deep water table, and low salinity, and a state with sparse or no vegetation, shallow water table and high salinity can be stable. Such dynamics may be present in the Murray Darling Basin, Australia, where widespread conversion from sclerophyll woodlands and forests to agricultural use has resulted in a decrease in the water table depth that has mobilized salts accumulated in the vadose zone and strongly increased the rate at which salts are transported within the system. To investigate these dynamics, we present a model to relate vegetation-soil salinity feedbacks - mediated by hydrologic conditions - to the emergence of multiple stable states in the underlying dynamics and apply this model to the Murray Darling Basin. Results for this case study show the presence of a strong feedback resulting in bistable dynamics for a wide range of environmental conditions (i.e., a range of precipitation regimes, soil textures, and salinities of irrigation and groundwater). This bistability increases the susceptibility of these systems to abrupt, highly irreversible shifts to stable bare soil, saline conditions and has important economic implications for dryland agricultural regimes worldwide as the presence of a shallow, saline water table is known to require costly remediation measures.

Runyan, C.; D'Odorico, P.

2010-12-01

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CHEMFLO-2000: INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE FOR SIMULATING WATER AND CHEMICAL MOVEMENT IN UNSATURATED SOILS  

EPA Science Inventory

The movement of water and chemicals into and through soils has a large impact upon our environment and the entire ecosystem. Understanding these processes is of great importance in managing, utilizing, and protecting our natural resources. This software was written to enhance our...

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Uncoupled axial, flexural, and circumferential pipe–soil interaction analyses of partially supported jointed water mains  

Microsoft Academic Search

Pipelines used in the distribution of potable water are a vital part of everyday life. The pipelines buried in soil-backfill are exposed to different deleterious reactions; as a result, the design factor of safety may be significantly degraded and, consequently, pipelines may fail prematurely. Proactive pipeline management, which entails optimal maintenance, repair, or replacement strategies, helps increase the longevity of

Balvant Rajani; Solomon Tesfamariam

2004-01-01

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Interactions of soil water content heterogeneity and species diversity patterns in semi-arid steppes on the Loess Plateau of China  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil water is a major driving force for plant community succession in semi-arid area. Many studies have focused on the relationships of species diversity-productivity, but few studies have paid attentions to the effects of soil water content heterogeneity on the plant species diversity in the semi-arid loess regions. To determine relationship of soil water content heterogeneity and plant community structure properties a semi-arid steppe on the Loess Plateau, we conducted a gradient analysis of soil water content variation and above- and below-ground properties of plant communities. Results showed that community coverage, above- and below-ground biomass were significantly and positively related to the surface soil water contents (0-5 cm). Plant diversity (Shannon index and Richness index) were closely correlated to soil water content at the soil depth of 0-10 cm. But plant height, litter biomass and root/shoot ratio were not related to soil water content. These results showed that there is an positive interaction effects for plant diversity and soil water content in the semi-arid grassland communities. Our observations indicate that change of plant species diversity is also an important community responses to soil water content heterogeneity in the semi-arid grassland ecosystem.

Wu, Gao-Lin; Zhang, Zhi-Nan; Wang, Dong; Shi, Zhi-Hua; Zhu, Yuan-Jun

2014-11-01

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Space-Time Dynamics of Soil Water and Process Interactions in Semi-Arid Terrain, Colorado, USA  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Soil water is a dominant control of plant growth and hydrologic response in dryland (rainfed) agriculture. In agricultural fields, soil water is typically assumed to move vertically with no differential subsurface lateral flow in semi-arid regions. However, soil water dynamics in the profile can v...

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Soil Erosion by Water  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Soil erosion by water, the wearing away of the earth's surface by the forces of water and gravity, consists of rock or soil particle dislodgement, entrainment, transport, and deposition. This sequence of events occurs over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales, from raindrop splash moving par...

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Vegetation and soil water interactions on a tailings sand storage facility in the athabasca oil sands region of Alberta Canada  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The relationship between vegetation and soil water was studied on the Syncrude South West Sand Storage facility in the Athabasca Oil Sands region of Alberta, Canada. Soil water and relevant soil chemical and physical properties were measured at the soil surface, as well as above and below the reclamation soil and tailings sand interface, in areas of low and high vegetation cover. The interface between the reclamation soil and the tailings sand acted as a capillary barrier. Water content was highest under low vegetation cover but soil water conditions above field capacity were rare and unlikely to have impacted vegetation. Periods of water stress occurred, where volumetric water content was below wilting point; these periods were of short duration and generally typical of ecosystems in the study area. Differences in surface soil water between the two vegetation covers were attributed to evapotranspiration and/or canopy interception. Differences above and below the interface were attributed to variation in canopy cover at the surface and resulting quantities of water available for percolation through the soil profiles. At the interface of the reclamation soil and tailings sand, water movement was restricted. High and low canopy covers responded differently to precipitation events; low vegetation cover areas had greater fluctuations in volumetric water content at all depths. The occurrence of a capillary barrier effect will need to be accounted for in developing reclamation soil profiles.

Naeth, M. A.; Chanasyk, D. S.; Burgers, T. D.

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Interaction of Actinide Species with Microorganisms & Microbial Chelators: Cellular Uptake, Toxicity, & Implications for Bioremediation of Soil & Ground Water.  

SciTech Connect

Microorganisms influence the natural cycle of major elements, including C, N, P, S, and transition metals such as Mn and Fe. Bacterial processes can also influence the behavior of actinides in soil and ground water. While radionuclides have no known biological utility, they have the potential to interact with microorganisms and to interfere with processes involving other elements such as Fe and Mn. These interactions can transform radionuclides and affect their fate and transport. Organic acids, extruded by-products of cell metabolism, can solubilize radionuclides and facilitate their transport. The soluble complexes formed can be taken up by the cells and incorporated into biofilm structures. We have examined the interactions of Pu species with bacterial metabolites, studied Pu uptake by microorganisms and examined the toxicity of Pu and other toxic metals to environmentally relevant bacteria. We have also studied the speciation of Pu(IV) in the presence of natural and synthetic chelators.

Hakim Boukhalfa

2006-03-28

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SOIL WATER ENERGY CONCEPTS  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

The soil water hydraulic pressure head is composed of matric, overburden, and hydrostatic pressures. The soil solution will flow from higher hydraulic pressure heads to lower hydraulic pressure heads. Piezometers are used to measure the hydrostatic pressure head, and tensiometers are used to measu...

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Interactions between root water uptake, groundwater levels, and soil moisture dynamics in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, CA  

Microsoft Academic Search

In high elevation meadow environments within the Sierra Nevada Mountains soil moisture is controlled by the position of the water table and the partitioning of evapotranspiration through root water uptake and evaporation at the land surface. Because of the relative lack of precipitation over the growing season plant communities rely on stored soil moisture and shallow groundwater during the dry

C. Lowry; S. P. Loheide

2009-01-01

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Competitive interactions between established grasses and woody plant seedlings under elevated CO2 levels are mediated by soil water availability.  

PubMed

The expansion of woody plants into grasslands has been observed worldwide and is likely to have widespread ecological consequences. One proposal is that woody plant expansion into grasslands is driven in part by the rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations. We have examined the effect of CO2 concentration on the competitive interactions between established C4 grasses and woody plant seedlings in a model grassland system. Woody plant seedlings were grown in mesocosms together with established C4 grasses in three competition treatments (root competition, shoot competition and root + shoot competition) under ambient and elevated CO2 levels. We found that the growth of the woody plant seedlings was suppressed by competition from grasses, with root and shoot competition having similar competitive effects on growth. In contrast to expectations, woody plant seedling growth was reduced at elevated CO2 levels compared to that at the ambient CO2 level across all competition treatments, with the most plausible explanation being reduced light and soil water availability in the elevated CO2 mesocosms. Reduced light and soil water availability in the elevated CO2 mesocosms was associated with an increased leaf area index of the grasses which offset the reductions in stomatal conductance and increased rainfall interception. The woody plant seedlings also had reduced 'escapability' (stem biomass and stem height) under elevated compared to ambient CO2 levels. Our results suggest that the expansion of woody plants into grasslands in the future will likely be context-dependent, with the establishment success of woody plant seedlings being strongly coupled to the CO2 response of competing grasses and to soil water availability. PMID:25388876

Manea, A; Leishman, M R

2015-02-01

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MANE: A MULTIPHASE, AQUEOUS, NON-STEADY STATE EQUILIBRIUM MODEL FOR SIMULATING SOIL-WATER INTERACTIONS  

EPA Science Inventory

A variety of chemical equilibrium models have been developed to help assess environmental chemistry problems, but few were specifically developed as research and teaching tools for use in conjunction with soil chemistry experiments. MANE model was developed to calculate equilibri...

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Indicators of nitrate in wetland surface and soil-waters: interactions of vegetation and environmental factors Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 8(4), 663672 (2004) EGU  

E-print Network

Indicators of nitrate in wetland surface and soil-waters: interactions of vegetation and environmental factors 663 Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 8(4), 663672 (2004) © EGU Indicators of nitrate, and hence the sampling period, was MayAugust during both years. Seasonal mean concentrations of nitrate (NO3

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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Interactions between root water uptake, groundwater levels, and soil moisture dynamics in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, CA  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In high elevation meadow environments within the Sierra Nevada Mountains soil moisture is controlled by the position of the water table and the partitioning of evapotranspiration through root water uptake and evaporation at the land surface. Because of the relative lack of precipitation over the growing season plant communities rely on stored soil moisture and shallow groundwater during the dry summer months. Field result, from Tuolumne Meadows show both temporally and spatially dynamic soil moisture patterning caused by the timing of spring snowmelt and subsequent drying of the meadow. Through the use of numerical modeling we are able to examine the temporal and spatial distribution of soil moisture and the potential impact on water use by plant communities. Results highlight the importance of both the position of the water table in the early growing season and sediment layering within the meadow on plant water up take. These results have implications for current meadow restorations projects and stress the importance of designing projects that focus on soil moisture dynamics in order to supply sufficient water for native plant communities.

Lowry, C.; Loheide, S. P.

2009-12-01

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Soils - Part 2: Physical Properties of Soil and Soil Water  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This lesson will help you understand the major components of the physical properties of soil. You will learn such terms as texture, aggregation, soil structure, bulk density, and porosity as it relates to soils. You will learn how soil holds and transmits water and cultural practices that enhance or degrade physical properties of the soil.[This lesson, as well as the other nine lessons in the Soils series, is taken from the "Soils Home Study Course," published in 1999 by the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

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CO2 and CH4 Exchange in Interior Alaska: Interactions Between Fire, Water, Soils and Vegetation.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Alaskan interior contains large carbon reserves stored in poorly drained ecosystems. With warming, these areas of the boreal forest may experience more frequent or extensive stand replacing fires, and thus change the primary factors controlling carbon emissions. In 2001, a low-lying area of the Tanana Flood Plain adjacent to the Bonanza Creek LTER burned. Historical changes in vegetation, hydrology and fire at this site were tracked through macrofossil, charcoal and diatom analysis of peat cores. Dating the charcoal layers in the peat cores indicate four fire events in the past 800 years. The paleoecological record reveals a pattern of expansion of the bog after fire. After the most recent fire, a 30m transect was established along a moisture gradient from the center of a sphagnum dominated collapse feature into the surrounding burn. Thermocarst and subsiding soils were observed on the margin of the sphagnum bog in the three years since the fire. This has increased the anaerobic fraction of the soil profile. CO2 flux data suggest that both the dry and wet ends of the moisture gradient are sinks for CO2, with a growing season average daytime NEE of -2 ? mol CO2 m-2 s^{-1}. The moat is a CH^{4} source with an average growing season flux of 30 mg CH^{4} m^{-2} d^{-1} in the abnormally dry summer of 2004. We hypothesize that, after fire, lowland areas become wetter. This leads to high NEP, greater inputs of labile carbon, and increased CH^{4}$ efflux. However, if interior Alaska experiences more abnormally warm and dry summers like that of 2004, future CH4 production may be suppressed by the changing climate.

Myers-Smith, I. H.; McGuire, A. D.; Chapin, F. S.; Harden, J. W.

2004-12-01

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How Soil Organic Matter Composition Controls Hexachlorobenzene-Soil-Interactions: Adsorption Isotherms and Quantum Chemical Modelling  

E-print Network

Hazardous persistent organic pollutants (POPs) interact in soil with the soil organic matter (SOM) but this interaction is insufficiently understood at the molecular level. We investigated the adsorption of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) on soil samples with systematically modified SOM. These samples included the original soil, the soil modified by adding a hot water extract (HWE) fraction (soil+3 HWE and soil+6 HWE), and the pyrolyzed soil. The SOM contents increased in the order pyrolyzed soil soil soil+3 HWE soil+6 HWE. For the latter three samples this order was also valid for the HCB adsorption. The pyrolyzed soil adsorbed more HCB than the other samples at low initial concentrations, but at higher concentrations the HCB adsorption became weaker than in the samples with HWE addition. This adsorption behaviour combined with the differences in the chemical composition between the soil samples suggested that alkylated aromatic, phenol, and lignin monomer compounds contributed most to the HC...

Ahmed, Ashour; Kühn, Oliver

2013-01-01

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Interaction between soils and gas pipelines  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The interaction between pipelines and soils manifests itself in the soil disturbance in the course of the pipe installation, in the transformation of the water and temperature regimes in the trenches, and in the appearance of corrosion and cracks on the pipe walls. The more contrasting the soil water regime in the pipe-adjacent sections of the trench, the greater the amount of the pipe damage. The damage of the pipe insulation activates the pipe corrosion. The emission of gases (H2S, CH4, CO2, CO, and H2) and the activity of sulfate-reducing bacteria are the main causes of the pipes' destruction. The humus content and the redox potential decrease, and the soil density and concentrations of ferrous compounds increase in the soils of the trench zone. Accidents along pipelines occur most often in the area of serozems and chestnut soils, and this is related to the salinization in the lower soil horizons and to the contrasting soil water regime near the pipe. The number of accidents along the pipelines installed into soddy-podzolic soils is lower.

Karpachevskii, L. O.; Goroshevskii, A. V.; Zubkova, T. A.

2011-03-01

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soils.ifas.ufl.edu Soil & Water Science Department  

E-print Network

soils.ifas.ufl.edu UF/IFAS Soil & Water Science Department DISTANCE EDUCATION GRADUATE PROGRAMS #12;SOIL AND WATER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT The Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida in agricultural science. #12;CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS The Soil and Water Science Department also offers several

Watson, Craig A.

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Field study of gravel admix, vegetation, and soil water interactions: Protective Barrier Program Status Reprt - FY 1989  

SciTech Connect

Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) and Westinghouse Hanford Company (Westinghouse Hanford) are collaborating on a field study of the effects of gravel admixtures on plant growth and soil water storage in protective barriers. Protective barriers are engineered earthern covers designed to prevent water, plants, and animals from contacting buried waste and transporting contaminants to groundwater or the land surface. Some of the proposed designs include gravel admixtures or gravel mulches on the barrier surface to control soil loss by wind and runoff. The purpose of this study is to measure, in a field setting, the influence of surface gravel additions on soil water storage and plant cover. The study plots are located northwest of the Yakima Gate in the McGee Ranch old field. Here we report the status of work completed in FY 1989 on the creation of a data management system, a test of water application uniformity, field calibration of neutron moisture gages, and an analysis of the response of plants to various combinations of gravel admixtures and increased rainfall. 23 refs., 11 figs., 6 tabs.

Waugh, W.J.; Thiede, M.E.; Kemp, C.J.; Cadwell, L.L. Link, S.O.

1990-08-01

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Quantitative simulation tools to analyze up- and downstream interactions of soil and water conservation measures: supporting policy making in the Green Water Credits program of Kenya.  

PubMed

Upstream soil and water conservation measures in catchments can have positive impact both upstream in terms of less erosion and higher crop yields, but also downstream by less sediment flow into reservoirs and increased groundwater recharge. Green Water Credits (GWC) schemes are being developed to encourage upstream farmers to invest in soil and water conservation practices which will positively effect upstream and downstream water availability. Quantitative information on water and sediment fluxes is crucial as a basis for such financial schemes. A pilot design project in the large and strategically important Upper-Tana Basin in Kenya has the objective to develop a methodological framework for this purpose. The essence of the methodology is the integration and use of a collection of public domain tools and datasets: the so-called Green water and Blue water Assessment Toolkit (GBAT). This toolkit was applied in order to study different options to implement GWC in agricultural rainfed land for the pilot study. Impact of vegetative contour strips, mulching, and tied ridges were determined for: (i) three upstream key indicators: soil loss, crop transpiration and soil evaporation, and (ii) two downstream indicators: sediment inflow in reservoirs and groundwater recharge. All effects were compared with a baseline scenario of average conditions. Thus, not only actual land management was considered but also potential benefits of changed land use practices. Results of the simulations indicate that especially applying contour strips or tied ridges significantly reduces soil losses and increases groundwater recharge in the catchment. The model was used to build spatial expressions of the proposed management practices in order to assess their effectiveness. The developed procedure allows exploring the effects of soil conservation measures in a catchment to support the implementation of GWC. PMID:22922092

Hunink, J E; Droogers, P; Kauffman, S; Mwaniki, B M; Bouma, J

2012-11-30

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Soil and Human Interactions in Maya Wetlands  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Since the early 1990s, we have studied Maya interaction with soils in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and elsewhere. We studied upland and lowland soils, but here we focus on seasonal or 'Bajo' wetlands and perennial wetlands for different reasons. Around the bajos, the ancient Maya focused on intensive agriculture and habitation despite the difficulties their Vertisol soils posed. For the perennial wetlands, small populations spread diffusely through Mollisol and Histisol landscapes with large scale, intensive agro-ecosystems. These wetlands also represent important repositories for both environmental change and how humans responded in situ to environmental changes. Work analyzing bajo soils has recorded significant diversity but the soil and sediment record shows two main eras of soil instability: the Pleistocene-Holocene transition as rainfall fluctuated and increased and tropical forest pulsed through the region, and the Maya Preclassic to Classic 3000 to 1000 BP as deforestation, land use intensity, and drying waxed and waned. The ancient Maya adapted their bajo soil ecosystems successfully through agro-engineering but they also withdrew in many important places in the Late Preclassic about 2000 BP and Terminal Classic about 1200 BP. We continue to study and debate the importance of perennial wetland agro-ecosystems, but it is now clear that Maya interaction with these soil landscapes was significant and multifaceted. Based on soil excavation and coring with a broad toolkit of soil stratigraphy, chemistry, and paleoecology from 2001 to 2013, our results show the ancient Maya interacted with their wetland soils to maintain cropland for maize, tree crops, arrow root, and cassava against relative sea level rise, increased flooding, and aggradation by gypsum precipitation and sedimentation. We have studied these interactions across an area of 2000 km2 in Northern Belize to understand how Maya response varied and how these soil environments varied over time and distance. Most areas dealt with water table rise and gypsum aggradation from extremely sulfur- and calcium-rich water sources. Thus far we have evidence for Archaic to Classic aggradation (5000 BP to the present) and Classic period fields and canals as mostly piecemeal attempts by the Maya to adapt to these and other environmental changes. Wetland fields were mainly Classic period systems (1500 to 1000 BP) but varied from long- to short-lived. We found one example of a very Late/Terminal Classic (c. 1200 BP), preplanned reclamation project on a floodplain. One system had some reoccupation in the Postclassic about 800 BP. These findings and a recent discovery in Campeche, MX display the burgeoning evidence for intricate Maya connections with tropical wetland soils.

Beach, Timothy; Luzzadder-Beach, Sheryl

2013-04-01

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Soil and Water: Some Teaching Suggestions.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Outlines six soil and water investigations that students can pursue outdoors, in nature centers, or in classrooms: soil characteristics; relationship between soil ph and plant life; what aggregates tell us; differences in soil structure; differences in rate of water absorption by soil; and soil exploration with a Berlesi funnel. (NEC)

Fischer, Richard B.

1987-01-01

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University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department  

E-print Network

University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department Erosion Impacts on Soil and Environmental.........................................................................................................3 Soil erosion...........................................................................6 Soil Erosion

Ma, Lena

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Profiling soil water content sensor  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

A waveguide-on-access-tube (WOAT) sensor system based on time domain reflectometry (TDR) principles was developed to sense soil water content and bulk electrical conductivity in 20-cm (8 inch) deep layers from the soil surface to depths of 3 m (10 ft) (patent No. 13/404,491 pending). A Cooperative R...

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Estimating soil water retention using soil component additivity model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil water retention is a major soil hydraulic property that governs soil functioning in ecosystems and greatly affects soil management. Data on soil water retention are used in research and applications in hydrology, agronomy, meteorology, ecology, environmental protection, and many other soil-related fields. Soil organic matter content and composition affect both soil structure and adsorption properties; therefore water retention may be affected by changes in soil organic matter that occur because of both climate change and modifications of management practices. Thus, effects of organic matter on soil water retention should be understood and quantified. Measurement of soil water retention is relatively time-consuming, and become impractical when soil hydrologic estimates are needed for large areas. One approach to soil water retention estimation from readily available data is based on the hypothesis that soil water retention may be estimated as an additive function obtained by summing up water retention of pore subspaces associated with soil textural and/or structural components and organic matter. The additivity model and was tested with 550 soil samples from the international database UNSODA and 2667 soil samples from the European database HYPRES containing all textural soil classes after USDA soil texture classification. The root mean square errors (RMSEs) of the volumetric water content estimates for UNSODA vary from 0.021 m3m-3 for coarse sandy loam to 0.075 m3m-3 for sandy clay. Obtained RMSEs are at the lower end of the RMSE range for regression-based water retention estimates found in literature. Including retention estimates of organic matter significantly improved RMSEs. The attained accuracy warrants testing the 'additivity' model with additional soil data and improving this model to accommodate various types of soil structure. Keywords: soil water retention, soil components, additive model, soil texture, organic matter.

Zeiliger, A.; Ermolaeva, O.; Semenov, V.

2009-04-01

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Alkali Soils, Irrigation Waters.  

E-print Network

, Ralmorhea, Reeves county. 2166-Water from Toyahvale, Reeves county. 2167'-Water froin Alexander's vell, 6 miles north of Pecos. 25'??-Water from Peco!: river at very low stage, Pecos. 2577---Water froni artesian well, 670 feei deep, for irrigating...

Fraps, G. S. (George Stronach)

1910-01-01

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Investigation of soil-atmosphere interaction in pyroclastic soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper investigates the interaction between soil and atmosphere in pyroclastic soils with a view to understanding whether and to what extent the prediction of the hydraulic (and mechanical) behaviour of geotechnical problems (cuts, slope stabilities, embankments, foundation, retaining structures) regulated by rainfall-induced fluctuations of matric suction is influenced by evaporation phenomena. Evaporation fluxes are quantified and compared with other fluxes (precipitation, run-off, deep drainage) affecting soil water content and matric suction. This work is based on the data collected through a physical model over 2 years of experimental tests. The model consisted of a 1 m3 tank, filled in this case with pyroclastic soil and exposed to natural weather elements. The system was extensively monitored to record atmospheric and soil variables. The results provided by the experiments highlight the importance of the top-soil state in determining the intensities of infiltrating rainfall and actual evaporation. The results also bring to light the significance of evaporation which, during the dry season, largely prevails over infiltration, raising suction to very high values. Also during the wet season, evaporation gives rise to a non-negligible flux with respect to the infiltrated precipitation. The reliability of two pre-existing empirical models to estimate evaporation flux is also investigated and appraised within this paper.

Rianna, Guido; Pagano, Luca; Urciuoli, Gianfranco

2014-03-01

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A new model for humic materials and their interactions with hydrophobic organic chemicals in soil-water or sediment-water systems  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A generalized model of humic materials in soils and sediments, which is consistent with their observed properties, is presented. This model provides a means of understanding the interaction of hydrophobic pollutants with humic materials. In this model, it is proposed that the humic materials in soils and sediments consist of a number of different oligomers and simple compounds which result from the partial degradation of plant remains. These degradation products are stabilized by incorporation into humic aggregates bound together by weak bonding mechanisms, such as hydrogen bonding, pi bonding, and hydrophobic interactions. The resulting structures are similar to micelles or membranes, in which the interiors of the structures are hydrophobic and the exteriors are hydrophilic. Hydrophobic compounds will partition into the hydrophobic interiors of the humic micelles or "membrane-like" structures. ?? 1986.

Wershaw, R.L.

1986-01-01

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Soil and Water Conservation Spring 2014  

E-print Network

resources: soil and water. Topics discussed include: Soil/water resources, historical erosions and sediment the types of erosion and the active agents in each. List the environmental impacts of soil erosion. Predict1 SWS 4233 Soil and Water Conservation 3 Credits Spring 2014 Instructor Susan Curry scurry

Ma, Lena

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The effect of soil water upon soil albedo  

E-print Network

THE EFFECT OF SOIL WATER UPON SOIL ALBEDO A Thesis by ELIZABETH ANNETTE GRASER Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A/M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE August 19S1 Major Sub...]ect: Soil Science THE EFFECT OF SOIL WATER UPON SOIL ALBEDO A Thesis by ELI ZABETH ANNETTE GRASER Approved as to style and content by: arrman of Committee Mem er Rem er ea o epar nt August 1981 The Effect of Soil Water upon Soil Albedo. (August...

Graser, Elizabeth Annette

2012-06-07

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Soil Quality Information Sheet Rangeland Soil Quality--Water Erosion  

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Soil Quality Information Sheet Rangeland Soil Quality--Water Erosion USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service May 2001 Rangeland Sheet 9 What is water erosion? Water erosion is the detachment of erosion may be very slow to very rapid, depending on the soil, the local landscape, and weather conditions

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CROP & SOIL SCIENCES Water Policy and Management  

E-print Network

CROP & SOIL SCIENCES Water Policy and Management Committee Membership Dr. David Radcliffe - committee chair Dr. George Vellidis Department of Crop & Soil Sciences Department of Crop & Soil Sciences & Soil Sciences Department of Crop & Soil Sciences University of Georgia University of Georgia Stripling

Arnold, Jonathan

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Predicting the effects of soil water content and soil water potential on transpiration of maize  

Microsoft Academic Search

An improved steady-state soil–vegetation–atmosphere transfer model was applied to three types of soils (loess, loamy soil, and sandy soil) and three typical daily meteorological conditions (a sunny day, a cloudy day, and an overcast day) to calculate the relationships between maize transpiration rates and an average soil water content or soil water potential. The model proposed can simulate the soil–plant–atmosphere

V. Novák; T. Hurtalová; F. Matejka

2005-01-01

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Modeling the Soil Water and Energy Balance of a Mixed Grass Rangeland and Evaluating a Soil Water Based Drought Index in Wyoming  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil water content plays an important role in the complex interaction between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. Automated soil water content sensing is increasingly being used to assess agricultural drought conditions. A one-dimensional vertical model that calculates incoming solar radiation, canopy energy balance, surface energy balance, snow pack dynamics, soil water flow, snow-soil heat exchange is applied to calculate water flow and heat transport in a Rangeland soil located near Lingel, Wyoming. The model is calibrated and validated using three years of measured soil water content data. Long-term average soil water content dynamics are calculated using a 30 year historical data record. The difference between long-term average soil water content and observed soil water content is compared with plant biomass to evaluate the usefulness of soil water content as a drought indicator. Strong correlation between soil moisture surplus/deficit and plant biomass may prove our hypothesis that soil water content is a good indicator of drought conditions. Soil moisture based drought index is calculated using modeled and measured soil water data input and is compared with measured plant biomass data. A drought index that captures local drought conditions proves the importance of a soil water monitoring network for Wyoming Rangelands to fill the gap between large scale drought indices, which are not detailed enough to assess conditions at local level, and local drought conditions. Results from a combined soil moisture monitoring and computer modeling, and soil water based drought index soil are presented to quantify vertical soil water flow, heat transport, historical soil water variations and drought conditions in the study area.

Engda, T. A.; Kelleners, T. J.; Paige, G. B.

2013-12-01

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Water-protein interactions  

SciTech Connect

The interaction of macromolecules with solvent water is an important determinant of their properties, but this relationship has not yet been described satisfactorily. The following experiments focus on the process of protein hydration - the addition of water to dry protein to obtain the solution state. A detailed description of the sequence of hydration events is expected to produce a fuller understanding of the protein in dilute solution. This approach is analogous to the use of studies of protein unfolding for understanding the folded state. Heat capacity measurements (1) are of particular interest. These can be carried out over the full range of system composition, from dry protein to the dilute solution, and they serve to correlate information obtained by other techniques that can be applied only to solution or solid state but not both. The dependence of the heat capacity on water activity defines stages in the hydration process and suggests the following simple picture of it: water at the lowest activity, 0-0.07 h (g of water/g of protein), bound principally to ionizable groups; in the mid-range of water activity, 0.07 to 0.25 h, surface clusters form, probably centered on polar surface elements; these clusters are mobile, with heat capacity greater than bulk water, and grow with increased water activity until after the polar sites are saturated at 0.25 h. There is a condensation of water over the most weakly interacting portions of the surface, resulting in completion of a water monolayer containing approx. 300 molecules. From this hydration level, 0.38 h, to the dilute solution there are no changes in thermal properties of the protein.

Rupley, J.A.; Yang, P.H.; Tollin, G.

1980-10-01

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Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 26 (2006) 694707 Plain strain soilstructure interaction model for a building supported by  

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Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 26 (2006) 694­707 Plain strain soil­structure interaction, CA 90089-2531, USA Accepted 3 January 2006 Abstract A simple theoretical model for soil­structure interaction in water saturated poroelastic soils is presented, developed to explore if the apparent building­foundation­soil

Southern California, University of

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Modeling the soil system: Bridging the gap between pedology and soil-water physics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The biological and geochemical processes in soil such as organic matter mineralization, microbiological activity, and plant alimentation can be accurately assessed and modeled only with the knowledge of the thermodynamic status of the soil medium where these processes take place. However, current soil water models do not define and characterize the soil structure or the thermodynamic state of the soil water interacting with this structure. This article presents a new paradigm in characterizing and modeling the organized soil medium and the physical properties resulting from this organization. It describes a framework of the modeling approach as a contribution to the General Systems theory. The basic concept of Representative Elementary Volume (REV) in soil physics and hydrology was transformed into the concept of Structure Representative Volume (SREV) which takes into account the hierarchical organization of the structured soil medium. The pedostructure is defined as the SREV of the soil medium and this concept is at the basis of the new paradigm including variables, equations, parameters, and units in soil physics, in a similar way that the REV is at the basis of the continuous porous media mechanics applied to soils. The paradigm allows for a thermodynamic characterization of the structured soil medium with respect to soil water content then bridging the gap between pedology and soil physics. We show that the two points of view (REV and SREV) are complementary and must be used in the scaling of information. This approach leads to a new dimension in soil-water properties characterization that ensures a physically based modeling of processes in soil and the transfer of information from the physical scale of processes (pedostructure or laboratory measurements scale) to the application scale of the other disciplines (modeling and mapping scale).

Braudeau, Erik; Mohtar, Rabi H.

2009-05-01

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A minimalist probabilistic description of root zone soil water  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The probabilistic response of depth-integrated soil water to given climatic forcing can be described readily using an existing supply-demand-storage model. An apparently complex interaction of numerous soil, climate, and plant controls can be reduced to a relatively simple expression for the equilibrium probability density function of soil water as a function of only two dimensionless parameters. These are the index of dryness (ratio of mean potential evaporation to mean precipitation) and a dimensionless storage capacity (active root zone soil water capacity divided by mean storm depth). The first parameter is mainly controlled by climate, with surface albedo playing a subsidiary role in determining net radiation. The second is a composite of soil (through moisture retention characteristics), vegetation (through rooting characteristics), and climate (mean storm depth). This minimalist analysis captures many essential features of a more general probabilistic analysis, but with a considerable reduction in complexity and consequent elucidation of the critical controls on soil water variability. In particular, it is shown that (1) the dependence of mean soil water on the index of dryness approaches a step function in the limit of large soil water capacity; (2) soil water variance is usually maximized when the index of dryness equals 1, and the width of the peak varies inversely with dimensionless storage capacity; (3) soil water has a uniform probability density function when the index of dryness is 1 and the dimensionless storage capacity is large; and (4) the soil water probability density function is bimodal if and only if the index of dryness is <1, but this bimodality is pronounced only for artificially small values of the dimensionless storage capacity.

Milly, P.C.D.

2001-01-01

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Summary Soil respiration is controlled by soil temperature, soil water, fine roots, microbial activity, and soil physical and  

E-print Network

Summary Soil respiration is controlled by soil temperature, soil water, fine roots, microbial content, and root density and activity, and thus changes soil respiration. We measured soil respiration (after thinning). Thinning increased the spatial homogeneity of soil temperature and respiration. We

Cohen, Ronald C.

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Soil Structure, Soil Water and Drought  

Microsoft Academic Search

\\u000a As much as 40% of the variation in crop yields may be attributed to soil physical conditions. These are partly inherited from\\u000a the parent material but others are intrinsic to the soil itself – especially the fine-granular structure that distinguishes\\u000a chernozem everywhere and determines its exceptional fertility, and which is created by grass roots. Several physical properties\\u000a like particle density

Igori Arcadie Krupenikov; Boris P. Boincean; David Dent

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SOIL WATER ESTIMATION USING ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Two published salinity models (designated the Rhoades and Mualem - Friedman models) were examined for application to real-time soil water estimation using apparent soil electrical conductivity. Field data were collected at two sites representing a range of soil types in Central Texas: high shrinkin...

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Plant water uptake in drying soils.  

PubMed

Over the last decade, investigations on root water uptake have evolved toward a deeper integration of the soil and roots compartment properties, with the goal of improving our understanding of water acquisition from drying soils. This evolution parallels the increasing attention of agronomists to suboptimal crop production environments. Recent results have led to the description of root system architectures that might contribute to deep-water extraction or to water-saving strategies. In addition, the manipulation of root hydraulic properties would provide further opportunities to improve water uptake. However, modeling studies highlight the role of soil hydraulics in the control of water uptake in drying soil and call for integrative soil-plant system approaches. PMID:24515834

Lobet, Guillaume; Couvreur, Valentin; Meunier, Félicien; Javaux, Mathieu; Draye, Xavier

2014-04-01

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Soil Water and Shallow Groundwater Relations in an Agricultural Hillslope  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Shallow water tables contribute to soil water variations under rolling topography, and soil properties contribute to shallow water table fluctutations. Preferential flow through large soil pores can cause a rise in the water table with little increase in soil water except near the soil surface. Late...

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Porosity and Water Flow in Soils  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Three different types of sediments will be taken and the porosity and water flow rate for each type will be determined. From this activity, students will understand concepts of porosity and water flow through soil material.

Gautam, Tej

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Water as a Reagent for Soil Remediation  

SciTech Connect

SRI International conducted experiments in a two-year, two-phase process to develop and evaluate hydrothermal extraction technology, also known as hot water extraction (HWE) technology, for remediating petroleum-contaminated soils. The bench-scale demonstration of the process has shown great promise, and the implementation of this technology will revolutionize the conventional use of water in soil remediation technologies and provide a standalone technology for removal of both volatile and heavy components from contaminated soil.

Jayaweera, Indira S.; Marti-Perez, Montserrat; Diaz-Ferrero, Jordi; Sanjurjo, Angel

2003-03-06

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7 Phosphorus Modeling in Soil and Water  

E-print Network

is the continuation of over 30 years of model development within the USDA-ARS. The Chemicals, Runoff, and Erosion from163 7 Phosphorus Modeling in Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) Model Indrajeet Chaubey............................................................................................................. 185 7.1 SWAT MODEL BACKGROUND The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model was developed by the U

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SOIL AND WATER ASSESSMENT TOOL 2000  

EPA Science Inventory

The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), is a river basin, or watershed, scale model developed to predict the impact of land management practices on water, sediment and agricultural chemical yields in large complex watersheds with varying soils, land use and management conditio...

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Seasonal and long-term effects of CO2 and O3 on water loss in ponderosa pine and their interaction with climate and soil moisture.  

PubMed

Evapotranspiration (ET) is driven by evaporative demand, available solar energy and soil moisture (SM) as well as by plant physiological activity which may be substantially affected by elevated CO2 and O3. A multi-year study was conducted in outdoor sunlit-controlled environment mesocosm containing ponderosa pine seedlings growing in a reconstructed soil-litter system. The study used a 2 x 2 factorial design with two concentrations of CO2 (ambient and elevated), two levels of O3 (low and high) and three replicates of each treatment. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of chronic exposure to elevated CO2 and O3, alone and in combination, on daily ET. This study evaluated three hypotheses: (i) because elevated CO2 stimulates stomatal closure, O3 effects on ET will be less under elevated CO2 than under ambient CO2; (ii) elevated CO2 will ameliorate the long-term effects of O3 on ET; and (iii) because conductance (g) decreases with decreasing SM, the impacts of elevated CO2 and O3, alone and in combination, on water loss via g will be greater in early summer when SM is not limiting than to other times of the year. A mixed-model covariance analysis was used to adjust the daily ET for seasonality and the effects of SM and photosynthetically active radiation when testing for the effects of CO2 and O3 on ET via the vapor pressure deficit gradient. The empirical results indicated that the interactive stresses of elevated CO2 and O3 resulted in a lesser reduction in ET via reduced canopy conductance than the sum of the individual effects of each gas. CO2-induced reductions in ET were more pronounced when trees were physiologically most active. O3-induced reductions in ET under ambient CO2 were likely transpirational changes via reduced conductance because needle area and root biomass were not affected by exposures to elevated O3 in this study. PMID:19748912

Lee, E Henry; Tingey, David T; Waschmann, Ronald S; Phillips, Donald L; Olszyk, David M; Johnson, Mark G; Hogsett, William E

2009-11-01

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Soil Water Repellency in Amazonian Pastures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Conversion of forest to pastures represents the largest land use change in the Brazilian Amazon. Soil water repellency (hydrophobicity) impacts water, carbon, and nutrient pathways on millions of hectares worldwide and has been shown to result from fire. However, the extent and severity of soil water repellency and its impact on tropical agroecosystems remains an important knowledge gap. Water repellent soils were identified in pastures in Northwest Mato Grosso. The intensity and spatial variability of soil water repellency were determined in situ at the mineral soil surface at both micro- (mm<) and meso-scales (m<) following several weeks without rainfall. Measurements were made using the Molarity of an Ethanol Droplet (MED) test in pastures of various lengths of time since burning. Drops of increasing ethanol molarity were applied until the surface tension of the solution was sufficiently small to overcome the hydrophobic repulsion of the soil. Soils of recently burned pastures exhibited extreme water repellency (MED > 3.5 N). Soil water repellency of pastures was found to be significantly correlated to the length of time since the pasture was last burned (R2=0.38; p=0.02). Pastures that had not been burned for over a year were found to be strongly water repellent (MED > 2 N), with 7 years without burning required for pastures to become hydrophilic (MED <1 N). High MED values following pasture fires may indicate the role of water repellency in pasture degradation. The areal coverage of Brachiaria brizantha grass tufts was measured as a proxy for net primary productivity of pastures under varying grazing pressures, and was also found to be correlated with hydrophobicity (R2=0.38; p=0.06). Surprisingly, soil water repellency was found to increase for increases in B. brizantha coverage. This may be due to the increased hydrophobicity-inducing potential of a pasture with greater biomass. While pasture soils were found to be generally compacted with bulk density (0-5 cm) ranging from 1.31 to 1.52, the relationship between hydrophobicity and surface soil compaction is non-significant. Spatial variability of soil water repellency was high at both meso- and micro-scales, with hydrophilic point measurements (MED < 1.0 N) scattered through generally hydrophobic soil. Dissipation over time of soil water repellency is consistent with hydrophobicity theory.

Johnson, M. S.; Lehmann, J.; Fernandes, E. C.

2002-12-01

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Mechanics of wheel-soil interaction  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An approximate theory for wheel-soil interaction is presented which forms the basis for a practical solution to the problem. It is shown that two fundamental observations render the problem determinate: (1) The line of action of the resultant of radial stresses acting at the wheel soil interface approximately bisects the wheel-soil contact angle for all values of slip. (2) A shear stress surface can be hypothesized. The influence of soil inertia forces is also evaluated. A concept of equivalent cohesion is introduced which allows a convenient experimental comparison for both cohesive and frictional soils. This theory compares favorably with previous analyses and experimental data, and shows that soil inertia forces influencing the motion of a rolling wheel can be significant.

Houland, H. J.

1973-01-01

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Solitary water wave interactions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This article concerns the pairwise nonlinear interaction of solitary waves in the free surface of a body of water lying over a horizontal bottom. Unlike solitary waves in many completely integrable model systems, solitary waves for the full Euler equations do not collide elastically; after interactions, there is a nonzero residual wave that trails the post-collision solitary waves. In this report on new numerical and experimental studies of such solitary wave interactions, we verify that this is the case, both in head-on collisions (the counterpropagating case) and overtaking collisions (the copropagating case), quantifying the degree to which interactions are inelastic. In the situation in which two identical solitary waves undergo a head-on collision, we compare the asymptotic predictions of Su and Mirie [J. Fluid Mech. 98, 509 (1980)] and Byatt-Smith [J. Fluid Mech. 49, 625 (1971)], the wavetank experiments of Maxworthy [J. Fluid Mech. 76, 177 (1976)], and the numerical results of Cooker, Weidman, and Bale [J. Fluid Mech. 342, 141 (1997)] with independent numerical simulations, in which we quantify the phase change, the run-up, and the form of the residual wave and its Fourier signature in both small- and large-amplitude interactions. This updates the prior numerical observations of inelastic interactions in Fenton and Rienecker [J. Fluid Mech. 118, 411 (1982)]. In the case of two nonidentical solitary waves, our precision wavetank experiments are compared with numerical simulations, again observing the run-up, phase lag, and generation of a residual from the interaction. Considering overtaking solitary wave interactions, we compare our experimental observations, numerical simulations, and the asymptotic predictions of Zou and Su [Phys. Fluids 29, 2113 (1986)], and again we quantify the inelastic residual after collisions in the simulations. Geometrically, our numerical simulations of overtaking interactions fit into the three categories of Korteweg-deVries two-soliton solutions defined in Lax [Commun. Pure Appl. Math. 21, 467 (1968)], with, however, a modification in the parameter regime. In all cases we have considered, collisions are seen to be inelastic, although the degree to which interactions depart from elastic is very small. Finally, we give several theoretical results: (i) a relationship between the change in amplitude of solitary waves due to a pairwise collision and the energy carried away from the interaction by the residual component, and (ii) a rigorous estimate of the size of the residual component of pairwise solitary wave collisions. This estimate is consistent with the analytic results of Schneider and Wayne [Commun. Pure Appl. Math. 53, 1475 (2000)], Wright [SIAM J. Math. Anal. 37, 1161 (2005)], and Bona, Colin, and Lannes [Arch. Rat. Mech. Anal. 178, 373 (2005)]. However, in light of our numerical data, both (i) and (ii) indicate a need to reevaluate the asymptotic results in Su and Mirie [J. Fluid Mech. 98, 509 (1980)] and Zou and Su [Phys. Fluids 29, 2113 (1986)].

Craig, W.; Guyenne, P.; Hammack, J.; Henderson, D.; Sulem, C.

2006-05-01

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Interactive computer code for dynamic and soil structure interaction analysis  

SciTech Connect

A new interactive computer code is presented in this paper for dynamic and soil-structure interaction (SSI) analyses. The computer program FETA (Finite Element Transient Analysis) is a self contained interactive graphics environment for IBM-PC`s that is used for the development of structural and soil models as well as post-processing dynamic analysis output. Full 3-D isometric views of the soil-structure system, animation of displacements, frequency and time domain responses at nodes, and response spectra are all graphically available simply by pointing and clicking with a mouse. FETA`s finite element solver performs 2-D and 3-D frequency and time domain soil-structure interaction analyses. The solver can be directly accessed from the graphical interface on a PC, or run on a number of other computer platforms.

Mulliken, J.S.

1995-12-01

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Performance evaluation of TDT soil water content and watermark soil water potential sensors  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

This study evaluated the performance of digitized Time Domain Transmissometry (TDT) soil water content sensors (Acclima, Inc., Meridian, ID) and resistance-based soil water potential sensors (Watermark 200, Irrometer Company, Inc., Riverside, CA) in two soils. The evaluation was performed by compar...

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Interactive effects of ozone and climate on water use, soil moisture content and streamflow in a southern Applachian forest in the USA  

SciTech Connect

Documentation of the degree and direction of effects of ozone on transpiration of canopies of mature forest trees is critically needed to model ozone effects on forest water use and growth in a warmer future climate. Patterns of sap flow in stems and soil moisture in the rooting zones of mature trees, coupled with late-season streamflow in three forested watersheds in east Tennessee, USA, were analyzed to determine relative influences of ozone and other climatic variables on canopy physiology and streamflow patterns. Statistically significant increases in whole-tree canopy conductance, depletion of soil moisture in the rooting zone, and reduced late-season streamflow in forested watersheds were detected in response to increasing ambient ozone levels. Short-term changes in canopy water use and empirically modeled streamflow patterns over a 23-yr observation period suggest that current ambient ozone exposures may exacerbate the frequency and level of negative effects of drought on forest growth and stream health.

McLaughlin, Samuel B. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Retired); Wullschleger, Stan D [ORNL; Sun, G. [USDA Forest Service; Nosal, M. [University of Calgary, ALberta, Canada

2007-01-01

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University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department  

E-print Network

University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department SWS 6932: Environmental Soil and Water and Characterization Introduction to Common Terminologies and Acronyms Regulations Related to Environmental

Ma, Lena

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University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department  

E-print Network

University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department SWS 4800: Environmental Soil and Water and Characterization Introduction to Common Terminologies and Acronyms Regulations Related to Environmental

Ma, Lena

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Pesticide interactions with soils affected by olive oil mill wastewater  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil pesticide sorption is well known to affect the fate of pesticides, their bioavailability and the potential to contaminate air and water. Soil - pesticide interactions may be strongly influenced by soil organic matter (SOM) and organic matter (OM)-rich soil amendments. One special OM source in soils is related to olive oil production residues that may include both solid and liquid wastes. In the Mediterranean area, the olive oil production is considered as an important field in the agricultural sector. Due to the significant rise in olive oil production, the amount of wastes is growing respectively. Olive oil mill waste water (OMWW) is the liquid byproduct in the so-called "three phase" technological process. Features of OMWW include the high content of fatty aliphatic components and polyphenols and their often-considered toxicity. One way of OMWW disposal is the land spreading, e.g., in olive orchards. The land application of OMWW (either controlled or not) is supposed to affect the multiple soil properties, including hydrophobicity and the potential of soils to interact with pesticides. Therefore, there is both basic and applied interest in elucidating the interactions between organic compounds and soils affected by OMWW. However, little is known about the impact of OMWW - soil interactions on sorption of organic compounds, and specifically, on sorption of agrochemicals. This paper reports an experimental study of sorption interactions of a series of organic compounds including widely used herbicides such as diuron and simazine, in a range of soils that were affected by OMWW (i) historically or (ii) in the controlled land disposal experiments. It is demonstrated that there is a distinct increase in apparent sorption of organic chemicals in soils affected by OMWW. In selected systems, this increase may be explained by increase in SOM content. However, the SOM quality places a role: the rise in organic compound - soil interactions may both exceed the SOM content increase and be less than that. Sorption interactions of herbicides with soils demonstrate a strong hysteresis (which is not expected to be related to a biodegradation). The data suggests that the OMWW - soil interaction seems to change the shape of the apparent sorption isotherms of organic sorbates, and, possibly, their sorption mechanisms: from a Langmuir-like sorption isotherm (describing the adsorptive interactions with a saturation of sorption sites) in the native soils to the sigmoidal or linear isotherms (expected for a partitioning into the bulk OM phases and their swelling) in the OMWW-amended soils. These results may have a significant impact on multiple agricultural and hydrological aspects, e.g., such as the application rate of herbicides in the field, and their possible release and the long term effect on groundwater. The authors acknowledge the support from the OLIVEOIL project (SCHA849/13) funded by DFG.

Keren, Yonatan; Bukhanovsky, Nadezhda; Borisover, Mikhail

2013-04-01

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Soil water evaporation and crop residues  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Crop residues have value when left in the field and also when removed from the field and sold as a commodity. Reducing soil water evaporation (E) is one of the benefits of leaving crop residues in place. E was measured beneath a corn canopy at the soil suface with nearly full coverage by corn stover...

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Name ___________________________________________ Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory  

E-print Network

Solids $28 per sample (pH, conductivity, N, P, K, Ca, Mg, S, Na, Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn, B, and % moistureName ___________________________________________ Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Texas AgriLife Extension Service B14 BIOSOLID SAMPLE INFORMATION FORM

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Water retention of biochar amended soils  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

We analyzed the water holding capacities of soils amended with biochars made from switchgrass, pecan shells, peanut hulls, poultry litter, and hardwood sawdust. Soils were amended with 20 g/kg (44 tonnes/ha) of each biochar produced at both high (>500 degrees C) and low (<400 degrees C) temperatures...

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Soil Chapter-Soils as Sponges: How Much Water does Soil Hold?  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Students determine the moisture content of a sponge after squeezing the water out of the sponge, and allowing water to evaporate from the sponge. Students also measure the amount of water that has evaporated from the soil samples. This learning resource is part of the Soils chapter of the GLOBE Teacher's Guide, and is supported by the GLOBE soils protocols. GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide, hands-on, K-12 school-based science education program.

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Impacts of soil moisture in different layers on soil moisture-evapotranspiration interactions over the U.S. Great Plains  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil moisture plays an important role in land-atmosphere interactions through both surface energy and water balances. Evapotranspiration is a key factor that contributes to both soil moisture-temperature, and soil moisture-precipitation interactions. However, total evapotranspiration is too general to reflect the impacts of soil moisture to latent and sensible heat fluxes, because evaporation/transpiration occur at different near surface layers. It is necessary to focus on the interactions between soil moisture and each component of evapotranspiration. This project aims to analyze the impacts of soil moisture in different soil layers to each component of evapotranspiration combining with vegetation scheme over the U.S. Great Plains. Observed soil moisture will be derived from the North American Soil Moisture Database. Two-source PET model will be applied to partition evapotranspiration into canopy evaporation, transpiration and soil evaporation. This project will provide reliable results for calibrating and validating vegetation and soil hydrology parameterizations in land surface models and climate models at regional scale and also develop a more exhaustive understanding on soil moisture-precipitation interactions.

Yuan, S.

2013-12-01

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Transient soil moisture profile of a water-shedding soil cover in north Queensland, Australia  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In current agricultural and industrial applications, soil moisture determination is limited to point-wise measurements and remote sensing technologies. The former has limitations on spatial resolution while the latter, although has greater coverage in three dimensions, but may not be representative of real-time hydrologic conditions of the substrate. This conference paper discusses the use of elongated soil moisture probes to describe the transient soil moisture profile of water-shedding soil cover trial plots in north Queensland, Australia. Three-metre long flat ribbon cables were installed at designed depths across a soil cover with substrate materials from mining activities comprising of waste rocks and blended tailings. The soil moisture measurement is analysed using spatial time domain reflectometry (STDR) (Scheuermann et al., 2009) Calibration of the flat ribbon cable's soil moisture measurement in waste rocks is undertaken in a glasshouse setting. Soil moisture retention and outflows are monitored at specific time interval by mass balance and water potential measurements. These data sets together with the soil hydrologic properties derived from laboratory and field measurements are used as input in the numerical code on unsaturated flow, Hydrus2D. The soil moisture calculations of the glasshouse calibration using this numerical method are compared with results from the STDR soil moisture data sets. In context, the purpose of the soil cover is to isolate sulphide-rich mine wastes from atmospheric interaction as oxidation and leaching of these materials may result to acid and metalliferous drainage. The long term performance of a soil cover will be described in terms of the quantities and physico-chemical characteristics of its outflows. With the soil moisture probes set at automated and pre-determined measurement time intervals, it is expected to distinguish between macropore and soil moisture flows during high intensity rainfall events and, also continuously update data sets on soil moisture retention, especially during long periods of drought. As such, description of the soil cover water balance will be more elaborate as the soil moisture profile will be described in terms of temporal and spatial variability. Moreover, this field data set can lend support on the evaluation of the potential use of mine wastes as cover materials with respect to their hydrologic and geochemical properties.

Gonzales, Christopher; Baumgartl, Thomas; Scheuermann, Alexander

2014-05-01

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Effects of soil water content on soil respiration in forests and cattle pastures of eastern Amazonia  

Microsoft Academic Search

The effect of soil water content on efflux of CO2 from soils has been described by linear, logarithmic, quadratic, and parabolic functions of soil water expressed as matric potential, gravimetric and volumetric water content, water holding capacity, water-filled pore space, precipitation indices, and depth to water table. The effects of temperature and water content are often statistically confounded. The objectives

Eric A. Davidson; Louis V. Verchot; J. Henrique Cattânio; Ilse L. Ackerman; J. E. M. Carvalho

2000-01-01

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Impact of Soil Type and Compaction Conditions on Soil Water Characteristic  

E-print Network

Impact of Soil Type and Compaction Conditions on Soil Water Characteristic C. J. Miller, M.ASCE1 the variation of water content and pore water suction for compacted clayey soils. The soils had varying amounts of clay fraction with plasticities ranging from low to high plasticity. The unsaturated soil behavior

Yu, Sheng-Tao

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Global Soil Change: Land Use, Soil and Water SWS4231C, SWS5234  

E-print Network

In Soil) 6. Land Use and Soil Erosion 7. Climate Change Impacts on Soils 8. Land Use-Climate-SoilGlobal Soil Change: Land Use, Soil and Water SWS4231C, SWS5234 Course Syllabus: Fall 2014,8,9 Thur 14:00-1700 Agronomy Learning Farm (on Campus) Prerequisites: Introductory Soil Science Coursework

Ma, Lena

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Soil and Water Science Department University of Florida Arsenic background concentrations in Florida urban soils  

E-print Network

database on arsenic background concentrations in urban and agricultural soils where most soil contamination" for cleaning up arsenic contaminated soils. #12;Soil and Water Science Department University of Florida Arsenic background concentrations

Ma, Lena

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WATER AS A REAGENT FOR SOIL REMEDIATION  

SciTech Connect

SRI International conducted experiments in a two-year, two-phase process to develop and evaluate hydrothermal extraction technology, also known as hot water extraction (HWE) technology, to separate petroleum-related contaminants and other hazardous pollutants from soil and sediments. In this process, water with added electrolytes (inexpensive and environmentally friendly) is used as the extracting solvent under subcritical conditions (150-300 C). The use of electrolytes allows us to operate reactors under mild conditions and to obtain high separation efficiencies that were hitherto impossible. Unlike common organic solvents, water under subcritical conditions dissolves both organics and inorganics, thus allowing opportunities for separation of both organic and inorganic material from soil. In developing this technology, our systematic approach was to (1) establish fundamental solubility data, (2) conduct treatability studies with industrial soils, and (3) perform a bench-scale demonstration using a highly contaminated soil. The bench-scale demonstration of the process has shown great promise. The next step of the development process is the successful pilot demonstration of this technology. Once pilot tested, this technology can be implemented quite easily, since most of the basic components are readily available from mature technologies (e.g., steam stripping, soil washing, thermal desorption). The implementation of this technology will revolutionize the conventional use of water in soil remediation technologies and will provide a stand-alone technology for removal of both volatile and heavy components from contaminated soil.

Indira S. Jayaweera; Montserrat Marti-Perez; Jordi Diaz-Ferrero; Angel Sanjurjo

2001-11-12

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Acid-base characteristics of the Grass Pond watershed in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, USA: interactions between soil, vegetation and surface waters  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Grass Pond watershed is located within the Southwestern Adirondack Mountain region of New York State, USA. This region receives some of the highest rates of acidic deposition in North America and is particularly sensitive to acidic inputs due to many of its soils having shallow depths and being generally base-poor. Differences in soil chemistry and tree species between seven subwatersheds were examined in relation to acid-base characteristics of the seven major streams that drain into Grass Pond. Mineral soil pH, stream water BCS and pH exhibited a positive correlation with sugar maple basal area (p = 0.055; 0.48 and 0.39, respectively). Black cherry basal area was inversely correlated with stream water BCS, ANCc and NO3- (p = 0.23; 0.24 and 0.20, respectively). Sugar maple basal areas were positively correlated with watershed characteristics associated with the neutralization of atmospheric acidic inputs while in contrast, black cherry basal areas showed opposite relationships to these same watershed characteristics. Canonical Correspondence Analysis indicated that black cherry had a distinctive relationship with forest floor chemistry apart from the other tree species, specifically a strong positive association with forest floor NH4 while sugar maple had a distinctive relationship with stream chemistry variables, specifically a strong positive association with stream water ANCc, BCS and pH. Our results provide evidence that sugar maple is acid-intolerant or calciphilic tree species and also demonstrate that black cherry is likely an acid-tolerant tree species.

McEathron, K. M.; Mitchell, M. J.; Zhang, L.

2012-09-01

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Acid-base characteristics of the Grass Pond watershed in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, USA: interactions among soil, vegetation and surface waters  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Grass Pond watershed is located within the southwestern Adirondack Mountain region of New York State, USA. This region receives some of the highest rates of acidic deposition in North America and is particularly sensitive to acidic inputs due to many of its soils having shallow depths and being generally base poor. Differences in soil chemistry and tree species between seven subwatersheds were examined in relation to acid-base characteristics of the seven major streams that drain into Grass Pond. Mineral soil pH, stream water BCS (base-cation surplus) and pH exhibited a positive correlation with sugar maple basal area (p = 0.055; 0.48 and 0.39, respectively). Black cherry basal area was inversely correlated with stream water BCS, ANC (acid neutralizing capacity)c and NO3- (p = 0.23; 0.24 and 0.20, respectively). Sugar maple basal areas were positively associated with watershed characteristics associated with the neutralization of atmospheric acidic inputs while in contrast, black cherry basal areas showed opposite relationships to these same watershed characteristics. Canonical correspondence analysis indicated that black cherry had a distinctive relationship with forest floor chemistry apart from the other tree species, specifically a strong positive association with forest floor NH4, while sugar maple had a distinctive relationship with stream chemistry variables, specifically a strong positive association with stream water ANCc, BCS and pH. Our results provide evidence that sugar maple is acid-intolerant or calciphilic tree species and also demonstrate that black cherry is likely an acid-tolerant tree species.

McEathron, K. M.; Mitchell, M. J.; Zhang, L.

2013-07-01

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SW—Soil and Water  

Microsoft Academic Search

The overgrowing population and the recent droughts are putting water resources under pressure and calling for new approaches for water planning and management if escalating conflicts are to be avoided and environmental degradation is to be reversed. As countries are using their water resources with growing intensity, poor rainfall increasingly leads to national water crises as water tables fall and

Ragab Ragab; Christel Prudhomme

2002-01-01

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Influence of soil pH on properties of the soil-water interface  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Surface characteristics of soils are one of the main factors controlling processes at the soil-water interface like wetting, sorption or dissolution processes and, thereby, have a high impact on natural soil functions like habitat, filter, buffer, storage and transformation functions. Since surface characteristics, like wettability or repellency, are not static soil properties but continuously changing, the relevant processes and mechanisms are in the focus of the presented study. These mechanisms help to gain further insight into the behaviour of soil and its dynamics under changing environmental conditions. The influence of water content, relative air humidity and drying temperature on soil water repellency has been investigated in many studies. In contrast, few studies have systematically investigated the relationship between soil water repellency (SWR) and soil pH. Several studies found alkaline soils to be less prone to SWR compared to acidic soils (e.g., Cerdà, and Doerr 2007; Mataix-Solera et al. 2007). Furthermore, SWR has been successfully reduced in acidic soils by increasing soil pH via liming (e.g., Karnok et al. 1993; Roper 2005). However, SWR has also been reported in calcareous soils in the Netherlands (Dekker and Jungerius 1990), California, USA (Holzhey 1968) and Spain (Mataix-Solera and Doerr 2004). The hypothesis that the pH may control repellency via changes in the variable surface charge of soil material has not yet been tested. Previously it has been shown that it is necessary to eliminate the direct influence of changes in soil moisture content so that the unique relationship between pH and SWR can be isolated (Bayer and Schaumann 2007). A method has been developed which allows adjustment of the pH of soils with low moisture content via the gas phase with minimal change in moisture content. The method was applied to 14 soil samples from Germany, Netherlands, the UK and Australia, using the water drop penetration time (WDPT) as the indicator of SWR. Sessile drop and Wilhelmy plate contact angles (CAsess and CAwpm resp.) were measured on the four samples from Germany and the data correlated with those of WDPT. The titratable surface charge of these four soils was measured at selected pH values using a particle charge detector (PCD). Changes in SWR with soil pH were found to be influenced by the density and type of sites able to interact with protons at the available surfaces of organic and mineral materials in soil. The maximum SWR occurred for soil at natural pH and where the charge density was minimal. As pH increased, negative surface charge increased due to deprotonation of sites and WDPT decreased. Two types of behaviour were observed: Those in which (i) WDPT shortened with decreasing pH and ii) WDPT was sensibly constant with decreasing pH. The data suggest that the availability and relative abundance of proton active sites at mineral surfaces, and those at organic functional groups influence the behaviour. Bayer, J. V. and G. E. Schaumann (2007). Hydrological processes 21(17): 2266 - 2275. Cerdà, A. and S. H. Doerr (2007). Hydrological Processes 21(17): 2325-2336. Dekker, L. W. and P. D. Jungerius (1990). Dunes of the European coasts, Catena-Verlag. 18: 173-183. Holzhey, C. S. (1968). Symposium on water repellent soils, Riverside, California. Karnok, K. A., E. J. Rowland, et al. (1993). Agronomy Journal 85(5): 983-986. Mataix-Solera, J., V. Arcenegui, et al. (2007). Hydrological Processes 21(17): 2300-2309. Mataix-Solera, J. and S. H. Doerr (2004). Geoderma 118(1-2): 77-88. Roper, M. M. (2005). Australian Journal of Soil research 43: 803-810.

Diehl, Doerte

2010-05-01

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Investigation of indigenous water, salt and soil for solar ponds  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The existence of salt-gradient solar ponds in nature is a strong indication that the successful exploitation of this phenomenon must account adequately for the influences of the local setting. Sun, weather and other general factors are treated elsewhere. This paper deals with water, salt, and soil. A general methodology for evaluating and, where feasible, adjusting the effects of these elements is under development. Eight essential solar pond characteristics have been identified, along with a variety of their dependencies upon properties of water, salt and soil. The comprehensive methodology, when fully developed, will include laboratory investigation in such diverse areas as brine physical chemistry, light transmission, water treatment, brine-soil interactions, sealants, and others. With the Salton Sea solar pond investigation as an example, some methods under development will be described.

Marsh, H. E.

1983-01-01

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Interaction of fecal coliforms with soil aggregates  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Land-applied manures may contain various contaminants that cause water pollution and concomitant health problems. Some of these pollutants are bacteria, and fecal coliforms (FC) have been widely used as an indicator of bacterial contamination. Experiments on bacteria attachment to soil are tradition...

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Modeling, estimation, and control of robot-soil interactions  

E-print Network

This thesis presents the development of hardware, theory, and experimental methods to enable a robotic manipulator arm to interact with soils and estimate soil properties from interaction forces. Unlike the majority of ...

Hong, Won, 1971-

2001-01-01

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Effect of corn or soybean row position on soil water  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Crop plants can funnel water to the soil and increase water content more in the row relative to the interrow. Because the row intercepts more soil water after rains and higher root density, the soil may also dry out more between rains than does soil in the interrow. The purpose of this study was to ...

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Earthworms accelerate soil porosity turnover under watering conditions  

Microsoft Academic Search

Endogeic earthworms significantly modify soil aggregation and porosity, which in turn control water flow in soil. This study aimed to determine how the earthworm casting activity influences soil porosity and its dynamics. The main hypothesis was that the deposition of belowground water-stable casts increases soil porosity and its water stability. First we quantified cast production by the endogeic earthworm species

N. Bottinelli; T. Henry-des-Tureaux; V. Hallaire; J. Mathieu; Y. Benard; T. Duc Tran; P. Jouquet

2010-01-01

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Effects of Soil pH and Soil Water Content on Prosulfuron Dissipation  

E-print Network

/soybean rotation, most com- monly in alkaline soils. Therefore, understanding the factors governing the dissipationEffects of Soil pH and Soil Water Content on Prosulfuron Dissipation RYAN P. HULTGREN,*, ROBERT J, and cereal grains. To investigate its fate in soils, this study examined the effects of soil pH and water

Sims, Gerald K.

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Soil and xylem water potential and soil water content in contrasting Pinus contorta ecosystems, Southeastern Wyoming, USA  

Microsoft Academic Search

The relationships between volumetric soil water content (?), in situ soil water potential (?soil) and predawn xylem pressure potential (?predawn) were quantified in four contrasting lodgepole pine ecosystems in Wyoming, USA. On three of the sites, changes in ?soil correlated closely with ?predawn, but on a porous soil derived from coarse granitic parent material, ?predawn declines occurred much sooner than

T. J. Fahey; D. R. Young

1984-01-01

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Predicting soil-water and soil-air transport properties and their effects on soil-vapor extraction efficiency  

Microsoft Academic Search

Accurate prediction of water and air transport parameters in variably saturated soil is necessary for modeling of soil-vapor extraction (SVE) at soil sites contaminated with volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). An expression for predicting saturated water permeability (k{sub 1,s}) in undisturbed soils from the soil total porosity and the field capacity soil-water content was developed by fitting a tortuous-tube fluid flow

Tjalfe G. Poulsen; Per Moldrup; Toshiko Yamaguchi; P. Schjoenning; Jens Aage Hansen

1999-01-01

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Temperature and frequency dependent time-domain reflectometry water content calibrations in fine-textured soils  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

High frequency dielectric measurements of soil water content can exhibit temperature sensitivities inconsistent with that expected for bulk water. These sensitivities are significant in fine-textured soils and controlled by the interaction among the temperature dependencies of the static permittivit...

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Measuring Soil Water Potential for Water Management in Agriculture: A Review  

Microsoft Academic Search

Soil water potential is a soil property affecting a large variety of bio-physical processes, such as seed germination, plant growth and plant nutrition. Gradients in soil water potential are the driving forces of water movement, affecting water infiltration, redistribution, percolation, evaporation and plants’ transpiration. The total soil water potential is given by the sum of gravity, matric, osmotic and hydrostatic

Marco Bittelli

2010-01-01

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Water repellency and critical soil water content in a dune sand  

Microsoft Academic Search

Assessments of water repellency of soils are commonly made on air-dried or oven-dried samples, without considering the soil water content. The objectives of this study were to examine the spatial and temporal variability of soil water content, actual water repellency over short distances, and the variations in critical soil water contents. Between 22 April and 23 November 1999, numerous samples

Louis W. Dekker; Stefan H. Doerr; Klaas Oostindie; Apostolos K. Ziogas; Coen J. Ritsema

2001-01-01

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Water conductivity of arctic zone soils (Spitsbergen)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The water conductivity of arctic zone soils derived in different micro-relief forms was determined. The greatest water conductivity at the 0-5 cm depth for the higher values of water potentials (> -7 kJ m-3) was shown by tundra polygons (Brunic-Turbic Cryosol, Arenic) - 904-0.09 cm day-1, whereas the lowest were exhibited by Turbic Cryosols - 95-0.05 cm day-1. Between -16 and -100 kJ m-3, the water conductivity for tundra polygons rapidly decreased to 0.0001 cm day-1, whereas their decrease for the other forms was much lower and in consequence the values were 0.007, 0.04, and 0.01 cm day-1 for the mud boils (Turbic Cryosol (Siltic, Skeletic)), cell forms (Turbic Cryosol (Siltic, Skeletic)), and sorted circles (Turbic Cryosol (Skeletic)), respectively. In the 10-15 cm layer, the shape of water conductivity curves for the higher values of water potentials is nearly the same as for the upper layer. Similarly, the water conductivity is the highest - 0.2 cm day-1 for tundra polygons. For the lower water potentials, the differences in water conductivity increase to the decrease of soil water potential. At the lowest potential the water conductivity is the highest for sorted circles - 0.02 cm day-1 and the lowest in tundra polygons - 0.00002 cm day-1.

Witkowska-Walczak, Barbara; S?awi?ski, Cezary; Bartmi?ski, Piotr; Melke, Jerzy; Cymerman, Jacek

2014-10-01

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An overview of soil water sensors for salinity & irrigation management  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Irrigation water management has to do with the appropriate application of water to soils, in terms of amounts, rates, and timing to satisfy crop water demands while protecting the soil and water resources from degradation. Accurate irrigation management is even more important in salt affected soils ...

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Enhancing Green Water in Soils of South Asia  

Microsoft Academic Search

Enhancing green water (GW) in soils has vast significance with respect to depleting water resources, especially in South Asia (SA). The water stored in soil that's productively used for transpiration is called GW. The enhancement of GW includes all those techniques and approaches that lead to increased soil-water storage and infiltration, reduced runoff, and decreased evaporation, such as minimum tillage,

M. S. Kahlon; R. Lal

2011-01-01

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Remediation of MTBE Contaminated Water and Soil  

Microsoft Academic Search

As the number of leaking underground fuel tank sites with MTBEcontamination continues to grow, there is a need to develop cost-effectivesolutions for treatment of soil and water contamination. MTBE poses specialchallenges due to its physicochemical properties, in particular high solubility andlow Henry s constant, low affinity for sorption, and very slow rate of microbialdegradation. Advanced oxidation processes tend to generate

Arturo A. Keller; Sanya Sirivithayapakorn; Mark Kram

1999-01-01

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Soil and Water Conservation Activities for Scouts.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of the learning activities outlined in this booklet is to help Scouts understand some conservation principles which hopefully will lead to the development of an attitude of concern for the environment and a commitment to help with the task of using and managing soil, water, and other natural resources for long range needs as well as…

Soil Conservation Service (USDA), Washington, DC.

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Selenium in Oklahoma ground water and soil  

SciTech Connect

Selenium with a consumption of 2 liters per day (5). The objectives of this study are: (1) to determine the concentrations of Se in Oklahoma ground water and soil samples. (2) to map the geographical distribution of Se species in Oklahoma. (3) to relate groundwater depth, pH and geology with concentration of Se.

Atalay, A.; Vir Maggon, D.

1991-03-30

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Soil, Water, and Climate Spring Seminar Series 2012  

E-print Network

Sharon Papiernik Supervisory Soil Scientist USDA-ARS, Brookings, SD Reversing soil erosion to improveSoil, Water, and Climate Spring Seminar Series 2012 Wednesdays, 3:30 PM Room, 306 Borlaug Hall, St Paul Campus January 25 Brent Dalzell Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, UMN Landscape Level

Weiblen, George D

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USING FIELD TOPOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS TO ESTIMATE SOIL WATER RETENTION  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

In field-, watershed-, and regional-scale projects, soil water retention is often estimated from soil textural classes shown in soil maps. Only the dominating textural class is often shown, cartographers routinely use error-prone field judgement of soil texture, and soil texture is known to vary alo...

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Linking Soil and Water Quality in Conservation Agricultural Systems  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Soil and water resources are fundamental components of agriculture. Soil quality can be determined by observing the functionality of soil after being subjected to different types of management. Some key functions of soil are to: supply nutrients to plants, allow rainfall to penetrate soil and prov...

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Investigation of indigenous water, salt and soil for solar ponds  

SciTech Connect

The existence of salt-gradient solar ponds in nature is a strong indication that the successful exploitation of this phenomenon must account adequately for the influences of the local setting. Sun, weather and other general factors are treated elsewhere. This paper deals with water, salt, and soil. A general methodology for evaluating and, where feasible, adjusting the effects of these elements is under development. Eight essential solar pond characteristics have been identified, along with a variety of their dependencies upon properties of water, salt and soil. The comprehensive methodology, when fully developed, will include laboratory investigation in such diverse areas as brine physical chemistry, light transmission, water treatment, brinesoil interactions, sealants, and others. With the Salton Sea solar pond investigation as an example, some methods under development are described.

Marsh, H.E.

1983-08-01

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Displacement of soil pore water by trichloroethylene  

SciTech Connect

Dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLS) are important pollutants because of their widespread use as chemical and industrial solvents. An example of the pollution caused by the discharge of DNAPLs is found at the Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, where trichloroethylene (TCE) has been discharged directly into the unsaturated zone. This discharge has resulted in the formation of a plume of TCE-contaminated water in the aquifer downgradient of the discharge. A zone of dark-colored groundwater containing a high dissolved organic C content has been found near the point of discharge of the TCE. The colored-water plume extends from the point of discharge at least 30 m (100 feet) downgradient. Fulvic acids isolated from the colored-waters plume, from water from a background well that has not been affected by the discharge of chlorinated solvents, and from soil pore water collected in a lysimeter installed at an uncontaminated site upgradient of the study area have been compared. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of the fulvic acids from the colored waters and from the lysimeter am very similar, but are markedly different from the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum of the fulvic acid from the background well. The three-dimensional fluorescence spectrum and the DOC fractionation profile of the colored groundwater and the soil pore water are very similar to each other, but quite different from those of the background water. It is proposed from these observations that this colored water is soil pore water that has been displaced by a separate DNAPL liquid phase downward to the saturated zone. 15 refs., 6 figs., 4 tabs.

Wershaw, R.L.; Aiken, G.R. [Denver Federal Center, CO (United States); Imbrigiotta, T.E. [Geological Survey, West Trenton, NJ (United States)

1994-07-01

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Displacement of soil pore water by trichloroethylene  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLS) are important pollutants because of their widespread use as chemical and industrial solvents. An example of the pollution caused by the discharge of DNAPLs is found at the Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, where trichloroethylene (TCE) has been discharged directly into the unsaturated zone. This discharge has resulted in the formation of a plume of TCE-contaminated water in the aquifer downgradient of the discharge. A zone of dark-colored groundwater containing a high dissolved organic C content has been found near the point of discharge of the TCE. The colored-water plume extends from the point of discharge at least 30 m (100 feet) downgradient. Fulvic acids isolated from the colored-waters plume, from water from a background well that has not been affected by the discharge of chlorinated solvents, and from soil pore water collected in a lysimeter installed at an uncontaminated site upgradient of the study area have been compared. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of the fulvic acids from the colored waters and from the lysimeter are very similar, but are markedly different from the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum of the fulvic acid from the background well. The three-dimensional fluorescence spectrum and the DOC fractionation profile of the colored groundwater and the soil pore water are very similar to each other, but quite different from those of the background water. It is proposed from these observations that this colored water is soil pore water that has been displaced by a separate DNAPL liquid phase downward to the saturated zone.

Wershaw, R.L.; Aiken, G.R.; Imbrigiotta, T.E.; Goldberg, M.C.

1994-01-01

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Modeling structural influences on soil water retention  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A new model quantities the effect of soil structure, considered as the arrangement of particles in the soil, on soil water retention. The model partitions the pore space into texture-related and structure-related components, the textural component being what can be deduced to exist if the arrangement of the particles were random, and the structural component being the remainder. An existing model, based on particle-size distributions, represents the textural component, and a new model, based on aggregate-size distributions, represents the structural component. This new model makes use of generalized properties that vary little from one medium to another, thereby eliminating any need for empirically tilted parameters. It postulates a particular character of the structural pore space that in same ways resembles texture-related pore space, but with pore shape related to the breadth of the aggregate-size distribution. To predict a soil water retention curve, this model requires the soil's porosity and particle- and aggregate-size distributions. Tested with measurements for 17 samples from two sources, it fits the data much better than does a model based on texture alone. Goodness of fit indicated by correlation coefficients ranged from 0.908 to 0.998 for the new model, compared with a range of 0.686 in 0.955 for the texture-based model.

Nimmo, J.R.

1997-01-01

106

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

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

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...

107

Response of three soil water sensors to variable solution electrical conductivity in different soils  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Commercial dielectric soil water sensors may improve management of irrigated agriculture by providing continuous field soil water information. Use of these sensors is partly limited by sensor sensitivity to variations in soil salinity and texture, which force expensive, time consuming, soil specific...

108

In-situ Field Capacity and Soil Water Retention Measurements in Two Contrasting Soil Textures  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Knowledge of the in-situ field capacity and soil-water retention curve for soils is important for effective irrigation management and scheduling. The primary objective of this study was to estimate in-situ field capacity and soil water retention curves in the field using continually monitoring soil ...

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In-situ field capacity and soil water retention measurements in two contrasting soil textures  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Knowledge of the in-situ field capacity and soil-water retention curve for soils is important for effective irrigation management and scheduling. The primary objective of this study was to estimate in-situ field capacity and soil water retention curves in the field using continually monitoring soil ...

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WATER AS A REAGENT FOR SOIL REMEDIATION  

SciTech Connect

SRI International is conducting experiments to develop and evaluate hydrothermal extraction technology for remediating petroleum-contaminated soils. Most current remediation practices generally fail (or are cost prohibitive) to remove the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in petroleum-contaminated sites or they require the use of organic solvents to achieve removal, at the expense of additional contamination and with the added cost of recycling solvents. Hydrothermal extraction offers the promise of efficiently extracting PAHs and other kinds of organics from contaminated soils at moderate temperatures and pressures, using only water and inorganic salts such as carbonate. Initial work is being conducted at SRI to measure the solubility and rate of solubilization of selected PAHs (anthracene, fluoranthene, pyrene, and chrysene) in water, using SRI's hydrothermal optical cell with the addition of varying amounts of sodium carbonate to evaluate the efficiency of the technology for removing PAHs from the soil. Preliminary results with pyrene and fluoranthene in water clearly indicate a significant enhancement of solubility with increase in temperature. During this quarter, we conducted experiments with pyrene in the temperature range 200 to 300 C and observed a great enhancement in solubility with an increase in temperature. We also started experiments with real-world soil samples purchased from the subcontractor.

Indira S. Jayaweera; Jordi Diaz-Ferraro

2000-02-28

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Sensible heat observations reveal soil-water evaporation dynamics  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Soil water evaporation is important at scales ranging from microbial ecology to large-scale climate. Yet, routine measurments are unable to capture rapidly shifting near-surface soil heat and water processes involved in soil-water evaporation. The objective of this study was to determine the depth a...

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Biological and Environmental Engineering Soil & Water Research Group  

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Biological and Environmental Engineering Soil & Water Research Group Creating a Topographic Index and Environmental Engineering Soil & Water Research Group · Topographic Index maps are grids derived from digital in GWLF, SWAT. #12;Biological and Environmental Engineering Soil & Water Research Group · Topographic

Walter, M.Todd

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NEZ PERCE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT CULDESAC, IDAHO 83524  

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NEZ PERCE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT PO BOX 131 CULDESAC, IDAHO 83524 208-843-2931 PHONE AVENUE, SUITE 1100 PORTLAND, OREGON 97204-1348 FROM: NEZ PERCE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT PROJECTS DATE: 10/4/06 Dear Council Members: The Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (District

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Post-doctoral Fellow Soil and Water Conservation Position specification  

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Post-doctoral Fellow Soil and Water Conservation Position specification Internationally Recruited and soil and water conservation in the context of watershed management - Identify, verify and implement and evaluate soil and water conservation measures at farm and watershed levels in cooperation with various

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Soil organic carbon covariance with soil water content; a geostatistical analysis in cropland fields  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil texture has traditionally represented the rate of soil water drainage influencing soil water content (WC) in the soil characteristic curves, hydrological models and remote sensing field studies. Although soil organic carbon (OC) has been shown to significantly increase the water holding capacity of soil in individual field studies, evidence is required to consider soil OC as a significant factor in soil WC variability at the scale of a remote sensing footprint (25 km2). The relationship of soil OC to soil WC was evaluated over 50 fields during the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) soil WC field sampling campaign over southern Manitoba, Canada. On each field, soil WC was measured at 16 sample points, at 100 m spacing to 5 cm depth with Stevens hydra probe sensors on 16 sampling dates from June 7 to July 19, 2012. Soil cores were also taken at sampling sites on each field, each sampling day, to determine gravimetric moisture, bulk density and particle size distribution. On 4 of the sampling dates, soil OC was also determined by loss on ignition on the dried soil samples from all fields. Semivariograms were created from the field mean soil OC and field mean surface soil WC sampled at midrow, over all cropland fields and averaged over all sampling dates. The semivariogram models explained a distinct relationship of both soil OC and WC within the soil over a range of 5 km with a Gaussian curve. The variance in soil that soil OC and WC have in common was a similar Gaussian curve in the cross variogram. Following spatial interpolation with Kriging, the spatial maps of soil OC and WC were also very similar with high covariance over the majority of the sampling area. The close correlation between soil OC and WC suggests they are structurally related in the soil. Soil carbon could thus assist in improving downscaling methods for remotely sensed soil WC and act as a surrogate for interpolation of soil WC.

Manns, H. R.; Berg, A. A.; von Bertoldi, P.

2013-12-01

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Soil and Water Science Department  

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida SOIL SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION soil and water science major undergraduate UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE OPTIONS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE Water Science Specialization Environmental Management in Agriculture

Watson, Craig A.

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Temporal patterns of infiltration into a water repellent soil under field conditions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Water repellency causes substantial economic losses for farmers in southern Australia through impacts on crop growth and weed germination. However, recent research has demonstrated that laboratory measurements of water repellency may not be a reliable indicator of the severity of symptoms experienced in the field. In particular, crop residue retention and minimal soil disturbance led to increased water repellency, but was also associated with higher soil water contents measured at strategic times of the year. Little is known about the temporal patterns of soil water storage close to the soil surface in a water repellent sand. In this research we measured soil water content at a depth of 0.05 m at 15-minute intervals from June 2011 to October 2012, under various treatment combinations of residue retention and soil disturbance. Measurements were made in both 'crop row' and 'crop inter-row' positions. For a rainfall event (9.2 mm) in March 2012, prior to crop seeding, plots previously established with no-till absorbed significantly more water (increase in soil water content of 0.074 v/v) than plots conventionally cultivated (0.038 v/v). In June 2012 (12.6 mm), 4 weeks after crop seeding, tillage was again significant, and there was a significant interaction between tillage and 'row' or 'inter-row' position. These results demonstrate the importance of crop management in modifying the response of water repellent soils to rainfall in the field.

Ward, Phil; Roper, Margaret; Micin, Shayne; Jongepier, Ramona

2014-05-01

118

Principles of water capture, evaporation, and soil water retention  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Successful dryland crop production in semiarid environments is dependent upon efficient storage of precipitation and use of stored soil water supplies. The objectives of this presentation are to: 1. Summarize information regarding the effects of time of year; environmental parameters; residue orient...

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

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

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...

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Estimating soil water evaporation using radar measurements  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Field studies were conducted to evaluate the application of radar reflectivity as compared with the shortwave reflectivity (albedo) used in the Idso-Jackson equation for the estimation of daily evaporation under overcast sky and subhumid climatic conditions. Soil water content, water potential, shortwave and radar reflectivity, and soil and air temperatures were monitored during three soil drying cycles. The data from each cycle were used to calculate daily evaporation from the Idso-Jackson equation and from two other standard methods, the modified Penman and plane of zero-flux. All three methods resulted in similar estimates of evaporation under clear sky conditions; however, under overcast sky conditions, evaporation fluxes computed from the Idso-Jackson equation were consistently lower than the other two methods. The shortwave albedo values in the Idso-Jackson equation were then replaced with radar reflectivities and a new set of total daily evaporation fluxes were calculated. This resulted in a significant improvement in computed soil evaporation fluxes from the Idso-Jackson equation, and a better agreement between the three methods under overcast sky conditions.

Sadeghi, Ali M.; Scott, H. D.; Waite, W. P.; Asrar, G.

1988-01-01

121

Does pre-dawn water potential reflect conditions of equilibrium in plant and soil water status?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Variation in base water potential (?b, a daily maximum level of plant water potential, which is presumed to correspond to the equilibrium between soil and plant water potentials) was examined in shoots of Picea abies and Vaccinium myrtillus with respect to soil (available water storage, water potential, temperature) and atmospheric (temperature, relative humidity, vapour pressure deficit) conditions. The available soil

Arne Sellin

1999-01-01

122

River regulation and interactions groundwater - surface water  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The determination of a minimum acceptable flow in a river affected by regulation is a major task in management of hydropower development. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), responsible for administrating the nation's water resources, requires an objective system that takes into account the needs of the developer and the rivers environment such as water quality, river biota, landscape, erosion and groundwater. A research project has been initiated with focus on interactions between groundwater and surface water. The purpose of the project is to provide the licensing authorities with tools for quantitative assessment of the effects of regulation on groundwater resources and at the same time the effect of groundwater abstraction on river flows. A small, urbanised alluvial plain (2 km^2) by the river Glomma in Central Southern Norway is used as a case study. The local aquifer consists of heterogeneous glaciofluvial and fluvial deposit, mainly sand and gravel. Two three-dimensional numerical models (Visual Modflow 3.0 and Feflow 5.0) have been used for this study. The models were calibrated with hydro-geological data collected in the field. Aquifer and river sediment has been examined by use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and soil samples collection. Preferential flow has been examined by tracer tests. Water level, temperature and electric conductivity have been recorded in both aquifer and river. Hydro-climatic regime has been analysed by statistical tools. The first task of the project is to carry out water balance studies in order to estimate the change in rate of groundwater recharge from and to the river along a normal hydrologic year with snowmelting, flood, and baseflow. The second task is to analyse the potential effect of change in the river water regime (due to regulation and consecutive clogging) on groundwater resources and their interaction with stream water.

Colleuille, H.; Wong, W. K.; Dimakis, P.; Pedersen, T. S.

2003-04-01

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Water movement through an experimental soil liner  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A field-scale soil liner was constructed to test whether compacted soil barriers in cover and liner systems could be built to meet the U.S. EPA saturated hydraulic conductivity requirement (???1 x 10-7 cm s-1). The 8 x 15 x 0.9m liner was constructed in 15 cm compacted lifts using a 20,037 kg pad-foot compactor and standard engineering practices. Water infiltration into the liner has been monitored for one year. Monitoring will continue until water break through at the base of the liner occurs. Estimated saturated hydraulic conductivities were 2.5 x 10-9, 4.0 x 10-8, and 5.0 x 10-8 cm s-1 based on measurements of water infiltration into the liner by large- and small-ring infiltrometers and a water balance analysis, respectively. Also investigated in this research was the variability of the liner's hydraulic properties and estimates of the transit times for water and tracers. Small variances exhibited by small-ring flux data suggested that the liner was homogeneous with respect to infiltration fluxes. The predictions of water and tracer breakthrough at the base of the liner ranged from 2.4-12.6 y, depending on the method of calculation and assumptions made. The liner appeared to be saturated to a depth between 18 and 33 cm at the end of the first year of monitoring. Transit time calculations cannot be verified yet, since breakthrough has not occurred. The work conducted so far indicates that compacted soil barriers can be constructed to meet the saturated hydraulic conductivity requirement established by the U.S. EPA.A field-scale soil liner was constructed to test whether compacted soil barriers in cover and liner systems could be built to meet the U.S. EPA saturated hydraulic conductivity requirement (??? 1 ?? 10-7 cm s-1). The 8 ?? 15 ?? 0.9 m liner was constructed in 15 cm compacted lifts using a 20.037 kg pad-foot compactor and standard engineering practices. Water infiltration into the liner has been monitored for one year. Monitoring will continue until water break through at the base of the liner occurs. Estimated saturated hydraulic conductivities were 2.5 ?? 10-9, 4.0 ?? 10-8, and 5.0 ?? 10-8 cm s-1 based on measurements of water infiltration into the liner by large- and small-ring infiltrometers and a water balance analysis, respectively. Also investigated in this research was the variability of the liner's hydraulic properties and estimates of the transit times for water and tracers. Small variances exhibited by small-ring flux data suggested that the liner was homogeneous with respect to infiltration fluxes. The predictions of water and tracer breakthrough at the base of the liner ranged from 2.4-12.6 y, depending on the method of calculation and assumptions made. The liner appeared to be saturated to a depth between 18 and 33 cm at the end of the first year of monitoring. Transit time calculations cannot be verified yet, since breakthrough has not occurred. The work conducted so far indicates that compacted soil barriers can be constructed to meet the saturated hydraulic conductivity requirement established by the U.S. EPA.

Krapac, I.G.; Cartwright, K.; Panno, S.V.; Hensel, B.R.; Rehfeldt, K.R.; Herzog, B.L.

1991-01-01

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Ad Hoc Modeling of Root Zone Soil Water with Landsat Imagery and Terrain and Soils Data  

PubMed Central

Agricultural producers require knowledge of soil water at plant rooting depths, while many remote sensing studies have focused on surface soil water or mechanistic models that are not easily parameterized. We developed site-specific empirical models to predict spring soil water content for two Montana ranches. Calibration data sample sizes were based on the estimated variability of soil water and the desired level of precision for the soil water estimates. Models used Landsat imagery, a digital elevation model, and a soil survey as predictor variables. Our objectives were to see whether soil water could be predicted accurately with easily obtainable calibration data and predictor variables and to consider the relative influence of the three sources of predictor variables. Independent validation showed that multiple regression models predicted soil water with average error (RMSD) within 0.04 mass water content. This was similar to the accuracy expected based on a statistical power test based on our sample size (n = 41 and n = 50). Improved prediction precision could be achieved with additional calibration samples, and range managers can readily balance the desired level of precision with the amount of effort to collect calibration data. Spring soil water prediction effectively utilized a combination of land surface imagery, terrain data, and subsurface soil characterization data. Ranchers could use accurate spring soil water content predictions to set stocking rates. Such management can help ensure that water, soil, and vegetation resources are used conservatively in irrigated and non-irrigated rangeland systems.

Sankey, Joel B.; Lawrence, Rick L.; Wraith, Jon M.

2008-01-01

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Carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange in response to drought in the atmosphere and in the soil  

Microsoft Academic Search

This review describes the current hypotheses of how humidity and plant and soil water status may interact and regulate stomatal conductance and photosynthesis. This review will focus on the effects of 1. humidity, 2. leaf water potential and leaf turgor, and of 3. soil water status on leaf conductance, transpiration, and COâ assimilation.

E D Schulze

1986-01-01

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How can climate, soil, and monitoring schedule affect temporal stability of soil water contents?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Temporal stability (TS) of soil water content (SWC) reflects the spatio-temporal organization of soil water. The TS SWC was originally recognized as a phenomenon that can be used to provide temporal average SWC of an area of interest from observations at a representative location(s). Currently application fields of TS SWC are numerous, e.g. up- and downscaling SWC, SWC monitoring and data assimilation, precision farming, and sensor network design and optimization. However, the factors that control the SWC organization and TS SWC are not completely understood. Among these factors are soil hydraulic properties that are considered as local controls, weather patterns, and the monitoring schedule. The objective of this work was to use modeling to assess the effect of these factors on the spatio-temporal patterns of SWC. We ran the HYDRUS6 code to simulate four years of SWC in 4-m long soil columns. The columns were assumed homogeneous, soil hydraulic conductivity was drawn from lognormal distributions. Sets of columns were generated separately for sandy loam and loamy soils, soil water retention was set to typical values for those soil textures. Simulations were carried out for four climates present at the continental US. The climate-specific weather patterns were obtained with the CLIGEN code using climate-specific weather observation locations that were humid subtropical from College Station (TX), humid continental from Indianapolis (IN), cold semiarid from Moscow (ID) and hot semiarid from Tucson (AZ). We evaluated the TS and representative location (RL) selections by comparing i) different climates; ii) for the same climates different years; iii) different time intervals between samplings; iv) one year duration surveys vs. one month summer campaigns; and v) different seasons of the same year. Spatial variability of the mean relative differences (MRD) differed among climates for both soils, as the probability of observing the same variance in the MRD was lower than 29%. These differences were smaller for the loamy soils than for the sandy loam and may be related to more inertia to changes in SWC in the loam soil. The probability that the variance in MRD depended on sampling frequency was always higher than 89% in the sandy loam soil and was above 97% in the loamy soil. Same variability of MRD with July and the whole year SWC was generally low probable and depended on the soil type and climate. Different variability of the MRD with season was found with at least a 55% probability. Larger differences were observed for the robustness of the MRD than for its spatial variability. The inter-annual difference in MRD variation from short and intensive summer campaigns was highly probable for all climates. There were more coincidences under the different scenarios analyzed in the RL selected for the sandy loam soil than for the loamy soil. Among the methods used for selection of RL, those that are based on a minimum difference with MRD of zero showed more consistency than others. The TS appears to be the result of the interplay between climate, soil properties, and survey protocols. One implication of this factor interaction effect on TS SWC is that a simulation study can be useful to decide on the feasibility of including a search for the representative location based on TS for a specific site.

Martinez, G.; Pachepsky, Y. A.; Vereecken, H.

2012-12-01

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A mathematical model for the adsorption of water vapor by soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A two-parameter mathematical model based on some physical assumptions was developed for the adsorption of water vapor by soils: W = W mh[( p/ p 0) - ( p/ p 0)3 + ( p/ p 0)6] + W res. It was shown that one of the model’s parameters is close to a conventional soil-hydrological constant, namely, the maximum hygroscopic moisture, or maximum hygroscopicity W mh. The second parameter reflects the residual water content W res as the content of immobilized water, which is bound to the most active part of the adsorbing surface, is adsorbed at the initial stage of adsorption (0 ? p/ p 0 ? 0.05), and later does not participate in the adsorption processes. Methods were proposed for the differential calculation of singular points and parameters of the model corresponding to the characteristic physical phenomena of water vapor adsorption in soils. The model was tested for the quantitative assessment of the interaction between the soil solid phase and the water vapor in different soils (a soddy-strongly podzolic soil, an ordinary chernozem, a chestnut soil, and a medium-columnar solonetz). A method was proposed for calculating the integral adsorption energy E max of the soil solid phase-water vapor interaction. It was shown that the E max values are determined by the physicochemical properties of the soils and characterize the capacity of the separate soil horizons for adsorbing water vapor. The relationship of the integral adsorption energy of the soils with the relative pressure of the water vapor and the water content was studied.

Kharitonova, G. V.; Vityazev, V. G.; Lapekina, S. I.

2010-02-01

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ISSN 0378-4738 = Water SA Vol. 27 No. 1 January 2001 71Available on website http://www.wrc.org.za Plant-soil interactions of sludge-borne heavy metals and the  

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://www.wrc.org.za Plant-soil interactions of sludge-borne heavy metals and the effect on maize (Zea mays L.) seedling under South African conditions and the conservative nature of the heavy metal guidelines, when sludge-borne heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Zn and Cu) in two sludges (low metal and high metal) to different soil

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EFFECT OF SOIL AGGREGATE SIZE DISTRIBUTION ON WATER RETENTION  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Quantitative information on soil water retention is in demand in hydrology, agrometeorology, agronomy, contaminant transport, and other soil-related disciplines of earth and environmental sciences. Soil aggregate composition is an important characteristic of soil structure and, as such, has been exp...

130

USING WINTER COVER CROPS TO IMPROVE SOIL AND WATER QUALITY  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article reviews literature about the impacts of cover crops in cropping systems that affect soil and water quality and presents limited new information to help fill knowledge gaps. Cover crops grow during periods when the soil might otherwise be fallow. While actively growing, cover crops increase solar energy harvest and carbon flux into the soil, providing food for soil

S. M. Dabney; J. A. Delgado; D. W. Reeves

2001-01-01

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Phosphorus dynamics in soils irrigated with reclaimed waste water or fresh water - A study using oxygen isotopic composition of phosphate  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Transformations of phosphate (Pi) in different soil fractions were tracked using the stable isotopic composition of oxygen in phosphate (??18Op) and Pi concentrations. Clay soil from Israel was treated with either reclaimed waste water (secondary, low grade) or with fresh water amended with a chemical fertilizer of a known isotopic signature. Changes of ??18Op and Pi within different soil fractions, during a month of incubation, elucidate biogeochemical processes in the soil, revealing the biological and the chemical transformation impacting the various P pools. P in the soil solution is affected primarily by enzymatic activity that yields isotopic equilibrium with the water molecules in the soil solution. The dissolved P interacts rapidly with the loosely bound P (extracted by bicarbonate). The oxides and mineral P fractions (extracted by NaOH and HCl, respectively), which are considered as relatively stable pools of P, also exhibited isotopic alterations in the first two weeks after P application, likely related to the activity of microbial populations associated with soil surfaces. Specifically, isotopic depletion which could result from organic P mineralization was followed by isotopic enrichment which could result from preferential biological uptake of depleted P from the mineralized pool. Similar transformations were observed in both soils although transformations related to biological activity were more pronounced in the soil treated with reclaimed waste water compared to the fertilizer treated soil. ?? 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Zohar, I.; Shaviv, A.; Young, M.; Kendall, C.; Silva, S.; Paytan, A.

2010-01-01

132

Water status of soil and vegetation in a shortgrass steppe  

Microsoft Academic Search

In an attempt to describe some major relationships between soil and plant compartments in a shortgrass steppe, the process of water loss from the system and plant water relations throughout a drying cycle were studied. The water supply was manipulated and some soil and plant variables monitored throughout a drying cycle. Leaf conductance and leaf water potential of blue grama

O. E. Sala; W. K. Lauenroth; W. J. Parton; M. J. Trlica

1981-01-01

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Mucilage exudation facilitates root water uptake in dry soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As plant roots take up water and the soil dries, water depletion is expected to occur in the rhizosphere. However, recent experiments showed that the rhizosphere of lupines was wetter than the bulk soil during root water uptake. On the other hand, after irrigation the rhizosphere remained markedly dry and it rewetted only after one-two days. We hypothesize that: 1) drying/wetting rates of the rhizosphere are controlled by mucilage exuded by roots; 2) mucilage alters the soil hydraulic conductivity: in particular, wet mucilage increases the soil hydraulic conductivity and dry mucilage makes the soil water repellent; 3) mucilage exudation favors root water uptake in dry soil; and 4) dry mucilage limits water loss from roots to dry soils. We used a root pressure probe to measure the hydraulic conductance of artificial roots sitting in soils. As an artificial root we employed a suction cup with a diameter of 2 mm and a length of 45 mm. The root pressure probe gave the hydraulic conductance of the soil-root continuum during pulse experiments in which water was injected into or sucked from the soil. First, we performed experiments with roots in a relatively dry soil with a volumetric water content of 0.03. Then, we repeated the experiment with artificial roots covered with mucilage and then placed into the soil. As a model for mucilage, we collected mucilage from Chia seeds. The water contents (including that of mucilage) in the experiments with and without mucilage were equal. The pressure curves were fitted with a model of root water that includes rhizosphere dynamics. We found that the artificial roots covered with wet mucilage took up water more easily. In a second experimental set-up we measured the outflow of water from the artificial roots into dry soils. We compared two soils: 1) a sandy soil and 2) the same soil wetted with mucilage from Chia seeds and then let dry. The latter soil became water repellent. Due to the water repellency, the outflow of water from the root in this soil was significantly reduced. The experiments demonstrated that mucilage increased the hydraulic conductance of the root-soil continuum and facilitated the extraction of water from dry soils. The increase in conductivity resulted from the higher water content of the soil near the roots. Mucilage has a lower surface tension than pure water and a higher viscosity, resulting in a slower penetration of mucilage into the soil. After mucilage was placed into the soil, it did not spread into the bulk soil, but it remained near the roots, maintaining the rhizosphere wetter and more conductive than the bulk soil. However, as mucilage dried, it turned water repellent and reduced the back flow of water from the root to soil. We hypothesize that mucilage exudation is a plant strategy to locally and temporally facilitate water uptake from dry soils. After drying, mucilage becomes water repellent and may limit the local uptake of water after irrigation. On the other hand, mucilage water repellency may as well be a strategy to reduce water loss from roots to dry soils.

Ahmed, Mutez; Kroener, Eva; Holz, Maire; Zarebanadkouki, Mohsen; Carminati, Andrea

2014-05-01

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Soil Water Trends During the 2005 - 2006 Drought in Oklahoma  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Soil water depletion is an early consequence of a meteorological drought, with the latter defined as a precipitation deficit lasting a few months to several years. Soil water in the upper soil profile (approximately first meter) is limited and highly variable because of its rapid response to precipi...

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Willie Harris Address: Soil and Water Science Department  

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1 Willie Harris Address: Soil and Water Science Department 2169 McCarty Hall University of Florida Fellow, Soil Science Society of America, 2005 UF College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Graduate in Graduate Research, 2005 Soil and Water Science Department Outstanding Teacher/Advisor of the Year, 2003

Jawitz, James W.

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Simulation of Water Transport in the Soil-Plant - System.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The objective of this dissertation is to develop a mechanistic model of water transport in the soil-plant -atmosphere system that describes the plant's physical expression of water stress to study the effects of environmental factors, and plant hydraulic and physical properties on plant water transport. The model includes soil moisture uptake, soil heat and water transfer, evapotranspiration, and energy partitioning in the canopy and at the soil surface. The model inputs are: daily weather data (air temperature, dew point temperature, wind speed, and solar radiation); initial soil moisture and temperature profiles; plant characteristics; root density; and soil hydraulic properties. The model user may select from a number of outputs. Principal outputs include: leaf resistance, leaf temperature, soil moisture profile and evapotranspiration rate. The model describes a feedback mechanism by which transpiration controls leaf water potential, leaf water potential influences leaf resistance, and leaf resistance which, in turn, controls transpiration. The simulation runs represented the energy partitioning in the canopy and at the soil surface, and the diurnal variation of temperatures and vapor pressures of the leaf, the canopy air, and the soil surface. The relationships of leaf water potential to soil water potential, leaf resistance and transpiration were also presented. In addition, results show that root water extraction is related to the root length density profile and the soil moisture profile. The model mechanistically describes the water transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system. The results of model validation indicated that the model is capable of simulating plant water transport under natural conditions with reasonable accuracy. Results show that the model simulates the basic features of the system including feedback processes. The sensitivity studies show that the model may be used to study plant water response to environmental factors and plant properties. The model is also useful for estimating evapotranspiration and the soil moisture profile and may provide information for irrigation and soil water management. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.).

Guo, Yimei

1992-01-01

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Measuring and modelling water related soil-vegetation feedbacks in a fallow plot  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Land fallowing is one possible response to shortage of water for irrigation. Leaving the soil unseeded implies a change of the soil functioning that has an impact on the water cycle. The development of a soil crust in the open spaces between the patterns of grass weed affects the soil properties and the field scale water balance. The objectives of this study are to test the potential of integrated non invasive geophysical methods and ground-image analysis and to quantify the effect of the soil vegetation interaction on the water balance of a fallow land at the local and plot scale. We measured repeatedly in space and time local soil saturation and vegetation cover over two small plots located in southern Sardinia, Italy, during a controlled irrigation experiment. One plot was left unseeded and the other was cultivated. The comparative analysis of ERT maps of soil moisture evidenced a considerably different hydrologic response to irrigation of the two plots. Local measurements of soil saturation and vegetation cover were repeated in space to evidence a positive feedback between weed growth and infiltration at the fallow plot. A simple bucket model captured the different soil moisture dynamics at the two plots during the infiltration experiment and was used to estimate the impact of the soil vegetation feedback on the yearly water balance at the fallow site.

Ursino, N.; Cassiani, G.; Deiana, R.; Vignoli, G.; Boaga, J.

2013-08-01

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Measuring and modeling water-related soil-vegetation feedbacks in a fallow plot  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Land fallowing is one possible response to shortage of water for irrigation. Leaving the soil unseeded implies a change of the soil functioning that has an impact on the water cycle. The development of a soil crust in the open spaces between the patterns of grass weed affects the soil properties and the field-scale water balance. The objectives of this study are to test the potential of integrated non-invasive geophysical methods and ground-image analysis and to quantify the effect of the soil-vegetation interaction on the water balance of fallow land at the local- and plot scale. We measured repeatedly in space and time local soil saturation and vegetation cover over two small plots located in southern Sardinia, Italy, during a controlled irrigation experiment. One plot was left unseeded and the other was cultivated. The comparative analysis of ERT maps of soil moisture evidenced a considerably different hydrologic response to irrigation of the two plots. Local measurements of soil saturation and vegetation cover were repeated in space to evidence a positive feedback between weed growth and infiltration at the fallow plot. A simple bucket model captured the different soil moisture dynamics at the two plots during the infiltration experiment and was used to estimate the impact of the soil vegetation feedback on the yearly water balance at the fallow site.

Ursino, N.; Cassiani, G.; Deiana, R.; Vignoli, G.; Boaga, J.

2014-03-01

139

Soil-Water Characteristic Curve Modeling at Low Water Content: Empirical and Semi-Empirical Approaches  

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Soil-Water Characteristic Curve Modeling at Low Water Content: Empirical and Semi model, the Modified Kovacs (MK) model for the determination of soil-water characteristic curve at the low water contents of two horizons of a soil from Burkina Faso. Combining terms from capillary state

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

140

PERMEABILITY OF SOILS TO FOUR ORGANIC LIQUIDS AND WATER  

EPA Science Inventory

Saturated hydraulic conductivities and intrinsic permeabilities were evaluated for eight contrasting soils with four organic liquids and water. The organic liquids were kerosene, ethylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol and xylene. Intrinsic permeability for any given soil varied inver...

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DEVELOPING JOINT PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS OF SOIL WATER RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS  

EPA Science Inventory

A method is presented for developing probability density functions for parameters of soil moisture relationships of capillary head and hydraulic conductivity. These soil moisture parameters are required for the assessment of water flow and solute transport in unsaturated media. T...

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University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department  

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University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department SWS 6932: Environmental Monitoring and Characterization Introduction to Common Terminologies and Acronyms Regulations Related to Environmental Soil and Vadose Characterization Sampling objectives Sampling methods Sampling equipment Field

Jawitz, James W.

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University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department  

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University of Florida Soil and Water Science Department SWS 4932: Environmental Monitoring and Characterization Introduction to Common Terminologies and Acronyms Regulations Related to Environmental Soil and Vadose Characterization Sampling objectives Sampling methods Sampling equipment Field

Jawitz, James W.

144

Review of soil water models with respect to savanna hydrology   

E-print Network

Effective management leading towards sustainable rangeland production in arid and semi-arid regions will stem from effective soil water management and comprehension of the hydrological properties of the soil in relation to pastoralism. However...

Derry, Julian F; Russell, Graham; Liedloff, Adam C

2006-07-21

145

Surface soil water content regimes: opportunities in soil science  

Microsoft Academic Search

With the qualities and properties of soil not being uniformly distributed across continents, soils are classified according to their morphological features, genesis and soil-forming processes. Because properties of soils vary across the landscape, a relationship observed at one location may not be applicable for other locations. Hence, measured data and deduced relationships are location specific and should be interpreted with

Donald R. Nielsen; Miroslav Kutílek; Marc B. Parlange

1996-01-01

146

Soil Water Thermodynamic to Unify Water Retention Curve by Pressure Plates and Tensiometer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The pressure plate method is a standard method for measuring the pF curves, also called soil water retention curves, in a large soil moisture range from saturation to a dry state corresponding to a tension pressure of near 1500 kPa. However, the pressure plate can only provide discrete water retention curves represented by a dozen measured points. In contrast, the measurement of the soil water retention curves by tensiometer is direct and continuous, but limited to the range of the tensiometer reading: from saturation to near 70-80 kPa. The two methods stem from two very different concepts of measurement and the compatibility of both methods has never been demonstrated. The recently established thermodynamic formulation of the pedostructure water retention curve, will allow the compatibility of the two curves to be studied, both theoretically and experimentally. This constitutes the object of the present article. We found that the pressure plate method provides accurate measurement points of the pedostructure water retention curve h(W), conceptually the same as that accurately measured by the tensiometer. However, contrarily to what is usually thought, h is not equal to the applied air pressure on the sample, but rather, is proportional to its logarithm, in agreement with the thermodynamic theory developed in the article. The pF curve and soil water retention curve, as well as their methods of measurement are unified in a same physical theory. It is the theory of the soil medium organization (pedostructure) and its interaction with water. We show also how the hydrostructural parameters of the theoretical curve equation can be estimated from any measured curve, whatever the method of measurement. An application example using published pF curves is given.

Braudeau, Erik; Hovhannissian, Gaghik; Assi, Amjad; Mohtar, Rabi

2014-10-01

147

Verification of Ground Penetrating Radar for Soil Water Content Measuring  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Spatially distributed water at the land surface is a vital natural resource for human being and ecosystems. Soil water content at vadose zone at regional scale controls exchange of moisture and energy between Earth surface and atmosphere, at the catchment scale - the separation of precipitation into infiltration, runoff and evapotranspiration, at the field scale - plant growing, at the small plot scale - pathway of water flow through soil profile. Hydrologist, agronomists, soil scientists and others looking for technology providing soil water content measurements across a range of spatial range. Ground penetrating radar is not destructive method of measurement for diverse application was tested in the field for mapping a spatial distribution of soil water content during infiltration event at chestnut soil of Saratov Region, Russia. A Common-MidPoint method was used to calibrate GPR OKO with a 400 MHz antenna. At experimental plot of 50x50 m a range of 36 boreholes equipped by vertical access tubes (10 distance between) for TDR PR2 with 4 predefined depths of soil moisture measurements was prepared. TDR PR2 equipment used for measurements was calibrated on special experimental setup with soil from plot. Data sets of parallel measurements of soil water content by TDR at 4 depths of borehole locations and GPR at trace lines along ranges of boreholes were used to produce soil water content maps with geo-statistical methods. Keywords: GPR, TDR, soil water content

Ermolaeva, O.; Zeiliguer, A.

2009-04-01

148

Distribution of the genus Leptospira in soil and water.  

PubMed Central

The distribution of the aerobic spirochetes Leptospira in surface waters, soil, and aquatic animals was investigated. Isolates from water and soil exhibited physiological characteristics common to members of the "biflexa complex," none were capable of infecting experimental animals, and leptospires could not be isolated from the eight genera of aquatic animals examined. The isolation frequencies from surface waters were: stream, 100%; lake, 65%; spring, 28%; bog lake, 5%; and marsh, 0%. With the exception of the stream, more isolations were obtained from the soil adjacent to the water than from the water. Leptospires were most frequently associated with soils of high moisture and organic matter content. PMID:637546

Henry, R A; Johnson, R C

1978-01-01

149

Influence of soil porosity on water use in Pinus taeda  

Microsoft Academic Search

We analyzed the hydraulic constraints imposed on water uptake from soils of different porosities in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) by comparing genetically related and even-aged plantations growing in loam versus sand soil. Water use was evaluated\\u000a relative to the maximum transpiration rate (E\\u000a crit) allowed by the soil-leaf continuum. We expected that trees on both soils would approach E

U. G. Hacke; J. S. Sperry; B. E. Ewers; D. S. Ellsworth; K. V. R. Schäfer; R. Oren

2000-01-01

150

Seasonal and long-term effects of CO2 and O3 and their interaction with climate and soil moisture on water loss in ponderosa pine  

EPA Science Inventory

Evapotranspiration (ET) is driven by evaporative demand, available solar energy and soil moisture as well as by physiological plant activity which may be substantially affected by elevated CO2 and O3. A multi-year study was conducted in outdoor sun-lit controlled-environment cha...

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Seasonal and long-term effects of CO2 and O3 on water loss in ponderosa pine and their interaction with climate and soil moisture  

EPA Science Inventory

Evapotranspiration (ET) is driven by evaporative demand, available solar energy and soil moisture (SM) as well as by plant physiological activity which may be substantially affected by elevated CO2 and O3. A multi-year study was conducted in outdoor sunlit-controlled environment ...

152

Surface water and groundwater interactions in coastal wetlands  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Salt marshes are an important wetland system in the upper intertidal zone, interfacing the land and coastal water. Dominated by salt-tolerant plants, these wetlands provide essential eco-environmental services for maintaining coastal biodiversity. They also act as sediment traps and help stabilize the coastline. While they play an active role in moderating greenhouse gas emissions, these wetlands have become increasingly vulnerable to the impact of global climate change. Salt marshes are a complex hydrological system characterized by strong, dynamic interactions between surface water and groundwater, which underpin the wetland's eco-functionality. Bordered with coastal water, the marsh system undergoes cycles of inundation and exposure driven by the tide. This leads to dynamic, complex pore-water flow and solute transport in the marsh soil. Pore-water circulations occur at different spatial and temporal scales with strong link to the marsh topography. These circulations control solute transport between the marsh soil and the tidal creek, and ultimately affect the overall nutrient exchange between the marsh and coastal water. The pore-water flows also dictate the soil aeration conditions, which in turn affect marsh plant growth. This talk presents results and findings from recent numerical and experimental studies, focusing on the pore-water flow behaviour in the marsh soil under the influence of tides and density-gradients.

Li, Ling; Xin, Pei; Shen, Chengji

2014-05-01

153

WATER AS A REAGENT FOR SOIL REMEDIATION  

SciTech Connect

SRI International is conducting experiments to develop and evaluate hydrothermal extraction technology or hot water extraction (HWE) technology for remediating petroleum-contaminated soils. Most current remediation practices either fail to remove the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in petroleum-contaminated sites, are too costly, or require the use of organic solvents at the expense of additional contamination and with the added cost of recycling solvents. Hydrothermal extraction offers the promise of efficiently extracting PAHs and other kinds of organics from contaminated soils at moderate temperatures and pressures, using only water and inorganic salts such as carbonate. SRI has conducted experiments to measure the solubility and rate of solubilization of selected PAHs (fluoranthene, pyrene, chrysene, 9,10-dimethylanthracene) in water using SRI's hydrothermal optical cell with the addition of varying amounts of sodium carbonate to evaluate the efficiency of the technology for removing PAHs from the soil. SRI data shows a very rapid increase in solubility of PAHs with increase in temperature in the range 25-275 C. SRI also measured the rate of solubilization, which is a key factor in determining the reactor parameters. SRI results for fluoranthene, pyrene, chrysene, and 9,10-dimethylanthracene show a linear relationship between rate of solubilization and equilibrium solubility. Also, we have found the rate of solubilization of pyrene at 275 C to be 6.5 ppm/s, indicating that the equilibrium solubilization will be reached in less than 3 min at 275 C; equilibrium solubility of pyrene at 275 C is 1000 ppm. Also, pyrene and fluoranthene appear to have higher solubilities in the presence of sodium carbonate. In addition to this study, SRI studied the rate of removal of selected PAHs from spiked samples under varying conditions (temperature, pore sizes, and pH). We have found a higher removal of PAHs in the presence of sodium carbonate in both sand and bentonite systems. Also, sodium carbonate greatly reduces the possible reactor corrosion under hydrothermal conditions. Our results show that a water-to-sand ratio of at least 3:1 is required to efficiently remove PAH from soil under static conditions.

Indira S. Jayaweera; Montserrat Marti-Perez; Jordi Diaz-Ferrero; Angel Sanjurjo

2001-03-29

154

On the assessment of root and soil respiration for soils of different textures: interactions with soil moisture contents and soil CO2 concentrations  

Microsoft Academic Search

Estimates of root and soil respiration are becoming increasingly important in agricultural and ecological research, but there\\u000a is little understanding how soil texture and water content may affect these estimates. We examined the effects of soil texture\\u000a on (i) estimated rates of root and soil respiration and (ii) soil CO2 concentrations, during cycles of soil wetting and drying in the

Tjeerd J. Bouma; David R. Bryla

2000-01-01

155

Soil-Plant Nutrient Interactions on Manure-Enriched Calcareous Soils  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Nutrient accumulations on heavily manured soils can trigger soil and plant nutrient interactions. The goal of the study was to determine the current impact of dairy manure applications on nutrient concentrations in soil and tissue for irrigated corn silage crops grown in Southern Idaho. At harvest,...

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Hydrologic modeling of soil water storage in landfill cover systems  

SciTech Connect

The accuracy of modeling soil water storage by two hydrologic models, CREAMS and HELP, was tested by comparing simulation results with field measurements of soil moisture in eight experimental landfill cover systems having a range of well-defined soil profiles and vegetative covers. Regression analysis showed that CREAMS generally represented soil moisture more accurately than HELP simulations. Soil profiles that more closely resembled natural agricultural soils were more accurately modeled than highly artificial layered soil profiles. Precautions for determining parameter values for model input and for interpreting simulation results are discussed.

Barnes, F.J.; Rodgers, J.C.

1987-01-01

157

STABLE ISOTOPES AS INDICATORS OF SOIL WATER DYNAMICS IN WATERSHEDS  

EPA Science Inventory

Stream water quality and quantity depend on discharge rates of water and nutrients from soils. However, soil-water storage is very dynamic and strongly influenced by plants. We analyzed stable isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen to quantify spatial and temporal changes in evaporati...

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Soil CO2 Dynamics in a Tree Island Soil of the Pantanal: The Role of Soil Water Potential  

PubMed Central

The Pantanal is a biodiversity hotspot comprised of a mosaic of landforms that differ in vegetative assemblages and flooding dynamics. Tree islands provide refuge for terrestrial fauna during the flooding period and are particularly important to the regional ecosystem structure. Little soil CO2 research has been conducted in this region. We evaluated soil CO2 dynamics in relation to primary controlling environmental parameters (soil temperature and soil water). Soil respiration was computed using the gradient method using in situ infrared gas analyzers to directly measure CO2 concentration within the soil profile. Due to the cost of the sensors and associated equipment, this study was unreplicated. Rather, we focus on the temporal relationships between soil CO2 efflux and related environmental parameters. Soil CO2 efflux during the study averaged 3.53 µmol CO2 m?2 s?1, and was equivalent to an annual soil respiration of 1220 g C m?2 y?1. This efflux value, integrated over a year, is comparable to soil C stocks for 0–20 cm. Soil water potential was the measured parameter most strongly associated with soil CO2 concentrations, with high CO2 values observed only once soil water potential at the 10 cm depth approached zero. This relationship was exhibited across a spectrum of timescales and was found to be significant at a daily timescale across all seasons using conditional nonparametric spectral Granger causality analysis. Hydrology plays a significant role in controlling CO2 efflux from the tree island soil, with soil CO2 dynamics differing by wetting mechanism. During the wet-up period, direct precipitation infiltrates soil from above and results in pulses of CO2 efflux from soil. The annual flood arrives later, and saturates soil from below. While CO2 concentrations in soil grew very high under both wetting mechanisms, the change in soil CO2 efflux was only significant when soils were wet from above. PMID:23762259

Johnson, Mark S.; Couto, Eduardo Guimarães; Pinto Jr, Osvaldo B.; Milesi, Juliana; Santos Amorim, Ricardo S.; Messias, Indira A. M.; Biudes, Marcelo Sacardi

2013-01-01

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

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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, ?s eq; the root system equivalent conductance, Krs; and a threshold leaf water potential, ?leaf 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.

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

2014-11-01

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Influence of root density on the critical soil water potential  

Microsoft Academic Search

Estimation of root water uptake in crops is important for making many other agricultural predictions. This estimation often\\u000a involves two assumptions: (1) that a critical soil water potential exists which is constant for a given combination of soil\\u000a and crop and which does not depend on root length density, and (2) that the local root water uptake at given soil

E. V. Shein; Ya. A. Pachepsky

1995-01-01

161

Semiempirical model of soil water hysteresis  

USGS Publications Warehouse

In order to represent hysteretic soil water retention curves accurately using as few measurements as possible, a new semiempirical model has been developed. It has two postulates related to physical characteristics of the medium, and two parameters, each with a definite physical interpretation, whose values are determined empirically for a given porous medium. Tests of the model show that it provides high-quality optimized fits to measured water content vs. matric pressure wetting curves for a wide variety of media. A practical use of this model is to provide a complete simulated main wetting curve for a medium where only a main drying curve and two points on the wetting curve have been measured. -from Author

Nimmo, J.R.

1992-01-01

162

Water and temperature relations of soil Actinobacteria.  

PubMed

Actinobacteria perform essential functions within soils, and are dependent on available water to do so. We determined the water-activity (aw ) limits for cell division of Streptomyces albidoflavus, Streptomyces rectiviolaceus, Micromonospora grisea and Micromonospora (JCM 3050) over a range of temperatures, using culture media supplemented with a biologically permissive solute (glycerol). Each species grew optimally at 0.998 aw (control; no added glycerol) and growth rates were near-optimal in the range 0.971-0.974 (1?M glycerol) at permissive temperatures. Each was capable of cell division at 0.916-0.924 aw (2?M glycerol), but only S.?albidoflavus grew at 0.895 or 0.897 aw (3?M glycerol, at 30 and 37°C respectively). For S.?albidoflavus, however, no growth occurred on media at ??0.870 (4?M glycerol) during the 40-day assessment period, regardless of temperature, and a theoretical limit of 0.877 aw was derived by extrapolation of growth curves. This level of solute tolerance is high for non-halophilic bacteria, but is consistent with reported limits for the growth and metabolic activities of soil microbes. The limit, within the range 0.895-0.870 aw , is very much inferior to those for obligately halophilic bacteria and extremely halophilic or xerophilic fungi, and is inconsistent with earlier reports of cell division at 0.500 aw . These findings are discussed in relation to planetary protection policy for space exploration and the microbiology of arid soils. PMID:25132485

Stevenson, Andrew; Hallsworth, John E

2014-12-01

163

Physical and chemical effects of biochar on natural and artificial water repellent soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Water repellency (WR) affects soils worldwide. Hydrophobic compounds accumulate in soil through organic matter decomposition, microbial activity, condensation of organic compounds during vegetation fires, or through anthropogenic impacts such as oil spills. WR hinders vegetation establishment, which can lead to soil erosion and increased runoff. Biochar is currently being evaluated for its potential to increase soil carbon and as a soil amendment. To date, the effect of biochar on water repellent soils has remained largely undetermined. This study considered the potential of biochar as both a physical and chemical amendment for water repellent soils by asking two questions: does adding biochar reduce the observed degree of soil water repellency; and does biochar remove hydrophobic compounds from soil? The potential of biochar as a physical amendment to water repellent soils was evaluated by mixing 5, 10, 25 and 40% (by weight) each of coarse and fine ground biochar with two naturally water repellent soils and measuring the water drop penetration time (WDPT) for each mixture. Biochar particles beyond the range of existing soil particle diameters increased WDPT variability, which could be explained by increased surface roughness and the resulting enhancement of water repellency effects through Cassie-Baxter interactions. Overall, fine biochar was more effective at reducing water repellency: 25% w/w rendered both soils studied wettable. Removal of hydrophobic compounds by biochar was tested by mixing 1, 5, 10, 25 and 40% biochar with acid washed sand (AWS) coated with 1.2x10-5 mol octadecane and octadecanoic acid (per gram AWS, which corresponds to approximately 50 monolayers hydrophobic compound per gram AWS). Each mix stood for 1 to 30 days in a solution of pH 3, 6 or 9 before the AWS was extracted and the quantity of hydrophobic compound remaining determined by infrared spectroscopy and/or gas chromatography. Biochar successfully removed the hydrophobic compounds, even in dry conditions and independent of pH and exposure time. Results varied with the quantity of biochar added: some removal was evident with 1% and 5% biochar additions, approximately 50% of material initially deposited onto AWS was removed by 10% biochar, and ? 25% biochar removed 100% of the material present. These results suggest that biochar can reduce WR effects in soils by creating wettable pathways through water repellent soil and by removing hydrophobic compounds from soil particles.

Hallin, Ingrid; Douglas, Peter; Doerr, Stefan H.; Bryant, Rob; Matthews, Ian; Charbonneau, Cecile

2014-05-01

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Determination of Soil Water Content From Terrestrial Gamma Radiation Measurements  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Natural gamma radiation emitted by the soil and measured at the surface with a gamma ray spectrometer is a function of the radioactive activity of the soil and the linear attenuation coefficient. The dependence of the linear attenuation coefficient on soil water content is explored for selected soil water profiles by numerical integration. These soil water profiles were generalized distributions based on gravimetric measurements over a sandy soil at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. A comprehensive analysis of the measurements showed that inhomogeneous water distribution accounted for a 1.8% error in the count rate compared to a 2.6% error associated with random count rate fluctuation and instrument error. The depth of the soil layer contributing to natural gamma radiation at the surface depends also on the water content; 90% of the total radiation is contributed by a dry soil of depth 0.18 m, compared to 0.14 m for a soil with a fractional water content of 0.2. The total expected error in the measurement over the range of soil water encountered (0.03-0.24) is shown to be 0.033 for the 0.10-m layer and 0.025 for the 0.25-m layer.

Loijens, H. S.

1980-06-01

165

Onset of water stress, hysteresis in plant conductance, and hydraulic lift: Scaling soil water dynamics  

E-print Network

effective is dictated by soil hydraulic properties and surrogates for atmospheric water vapor demandOnset of water stress, hysteresis in plant conductance, and hydraulic lift: Scaling soil water] Estimation of water uptake by plants and subsequent water stress are complicated by the need to resolve

Katul, Gabriel

166

Effect of Thickness of a Water Repellent Soil Layer on Soil Evaporation Rate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A water repellent soil layer overlying wettable soil is known to affect soil evaporation. This effect can be beneficial for water conservation in areas where water is scarce. Little is known, however, about the effect of the thickness of the water repellent layer. The thickness of this layer can vary widely, and particularly after wildfire, with the soil temperature reached and the duration of the fire. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of thickness of a top layer of water repellent soil on soil evaporation rate. In order to isolate the thickness from other possible factors, fully wettable standard sand (300~600 microns) was used. Extreme water repellency (WDPT > 24 hours) was generated by 'baking' the sand mixed with oven-dried pine needles (fresh needles of Pinus densiflora) at the mass ratio of 1:13 (needle:soil) at 185°C for 18 hours. The thicknesses of water repellent layers were 1, 2, 3 and 7 cm on top of wettable soil. Fully wettable soil columns were prepared as a control. Soil columns (8 cm diameter, 10 cm height) were covered with nylon mesh. Tap water (50 ml, saturating 3 cm of a soil column) was injected with hypoderm syringes from three different directions at the bottom level. The injection holes were sealed with hot-melt adhesive immediately after injection. The rate of soil evaporation through the soil surface was measured by weight change under isothermal condition of 40°C. Five replications were made for each. A trend of negative correlation between the thickness of water repellent top layer and soil evaporation rate is discussed in this contribution.

Ahn, S.; Im, S.; Doerr, S.

2012-04-01

167

Predicting Soil-Water Partition Coefficients for Cadmium  

E-print Network

when applied to measurements at the natural soil pH because of the competition of protons with Cd and adsorption to components of the soil, processes that are highly pH dependent. For trace metals, adsorptionPredicting Soil-Water Partition Coefficients for Cadmium S U E N - Z O N E L E E Department

Sparks, Donald L.

168

Modeling soil carbon transported by water erosion processes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Long-term monitoring is needed for direct assessment of soil organic carbon (SOC), soil, and nutrient loss by water erosion on a watershed scale. However, labor and capital requirements preclude implementation of such monitoring at many locations representing principal soils and ecoregions. These considerations warrant the development of diagnostic models to assess erosional SOC loss from more readily obtained data. The

G. C. Starr; R. Lal; R. Malone; D. Hothem; L. Owens; J. Kimble

2000-01-01

169

Teaching Soil and Water Conservation: A Classroom and Field Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Compiled in this booklet are 22 activities designed to develop awareness of the importance of conservation and the wise use of soil and moisture on croplands, grasslands, and woodlands. They have been selected by Soil Conservation Service (SCS) personnel and consultants to show that the way we manage our basic natural resources, soil and water,…

Foster, Albert B.; Fox, Adrian C.

170

Precipitates Suppress Mobility Of Metals in Soil and Water  

E-print Network

1A-FPO Precipitates Suppress Mobility Of Metals in Soil and Water D. L and release in soils. INVESTIGATING METAL PRECIPITATES Sorption reactions can occur over time scales ranging P E T I T I V E G R A N T S P R O G R A M LEFT: SOIL SURFACE WITHOUT NICKEL SURFACE PRECIPITATES

Sparks, Donald L.

171

Water-soluble organic matter in forest soils  

Microsoft Academic Search

Soil culture experiments were conducted to examine the effects of water-soluble organic matter (WSOM), isolated from the Ah horizon of a forest soil on cation uptake by seedlings of Agrostis capillaris and Silene dioica. In contrast to the large effects on soil equilibria, cation uptake was only slightly affected by WSOM. Solubilized Al, Fe, Cu and Pb, were not found

A. T. Kuiters; W. Mulder

1993-01-01

172

Difficulties in the evaluation and measuring of soil water infiltration  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil water infiltration is the most important hydrological parameter for the evaluation and diagnosis of the soil water balance and soil moisture regime. Those balances and regimes are the main regulating factors of the on site water supply to plants and other soil organisms and of other important processes like runoff, surface and mass erosion, drainage, etc, affecting sedimentation, flooding, soil and water pollution, water supply for different purposes (population, agriculture, industries, hydroelectricity), etc. Therefore the evaluation and measurement of water infiltration rates has become indispensable for the evaluation and modeling of the previously mentioned processes. Infiltration is one of the most difficult hydrological parameters to evaluate or measure accurately. Although the theoretical aspects of the process of soil water infiltration are well known since the middle of the past century, when several methods and models were already proposed for the evaluation of infiltration, still nowadays such evaluation is not frequently enough accurate for the purposes being used. This is partially due to deficiencies in the methodology being used for measuring infiltration, including some newly proposed methods and equipments, and in the use of non appropriate empirical models and approaches. In this contribution we present an analysis and discussion about the main difficulties found in the evaluation and measurement of soil water infiltration rates, and the more commonly committed errors, based on the past experiences of the author in the evaluation of soil water infiltration in many different soils and land conditions, and in their use for deducing soil water balances under variable and changing climates. It is concluded that there are not models or methods universally applicable to any soil and land condition, and that in many cases the results are significantly influenced by the way we use a particular method or instrument, and by the alterations in the soil conditions by the land management, but also due to the manipulation of the soil before and during the measurement. Direct "in situ" field evaluations have to be preferred in any case to indirect deductions from other soil characteristics measured under laboratory conditions in the same soils, or in other soils, through the so called "pedo-transfer" functions, or through the use of stochastic models such as the SCS Curve Number Method, or of other models using empirical or physical approaches, which have demonstrated to be of limited value in most of the cases. References Philip, J. R., 1954., An infiltration equation with physical significance: Soil Sci..,v. 77, p. 153-157. Philip, J. R., 1958. The theory of infiltration, pt. 7: Soil Sci., v. 85, no. 6, p. 333-337. Pla, I.1981. Simuladores de lluvia para el estudio de relaciones suelo-agua bajo agricultura de secano en los trópicos. Rev. Fac. Agron. XII(1-2):81-93.Maracay (Venezuela) Pla, I. 1986. A routine laboratory index to predict the effects of soil sealing on soil and water conservation. En "Assesment of Soil Surface Sealing and Crusting". 154-162.State Univ. of Ghent.Gante (Bélgica Pla, I., 1997. A soil water balance model for monitoring soil erosion processes and effects on steep lands in the tropics. Soil Technology. 11(1):17-30. Elsevier Pla, I., M.C. Ramos, S. Nacci, F. Fonseca y X. Abreu. 2005. Soil moisture regime in dryland vineyards of Catalunya (Spain) as influenced by climate, soil and land management. "Integrated Soil and Water Management for Orchard Development". FAO Land and Water Bulletin 10. 41-49. Roma (Italia). Pla, I., 2006. Hydrological approach for assessing desertification processes in the Mediterranean region. In W.G. Kepner et al. (Editors), Desertification in the Mediterranean Region. A Security Issue. 579-600 Springer. Heidelberg (Germany) Pla, I. 2011. Evaluación y Modelización Hidrológica para el Diagnóstico y Prevención de "Desastres Naturales". Gestión y Ambiente 14 (3): 17-22. UN-Medellín (Colombia). ISSN 0124.177X

Pla-Sentís, Ildefonso

2013-04-01

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Nonequilibrium water dynamics in the rhizosphere: How mucilage affects water flow in soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

flow of water from soil to plant roots is controlled by the properties of the narrow region of soil close to the roots, the rhizosphere. In particular, the hydraulic properties of the rhizosphere are altered by mucilage, a polymeric gel exuded by the roots. In this paper we present experimental results and a conceptual model of water flow in unsaturated soils mixed with mucilage. A central hypothesis of the model is that the different drying/wetting rate of mucilage compared to the bulk soil results in nonequilibrium relations between water content and water potential in the rhizosphere. We coupled this nonequilibrium relation with the Richards equation and obtained a constitutive equation for water flow in soil and mucilage. To test the model assumptions, we measured the water retention curve and the saturated hydraulic conductivity of sandy soil mixed with mucilage from chia seeds. Additionally, we used neutron radiography to image water content in a layer of soil mixed with mucilage during drying and wetting cycles. The radiographs demonstrated the occurrence of nonequilibrium water dynamics in the soil-mucilage mixture. The experiments were simulated by numerically solving the nonequilibrium model. Our study provides conceptual and experimental evidences that mucilage has a strong impact on soil water dynamics. During drying, mucilage maintains a greater soil water content for an extended time, while during irrigation it delays the soil rewetting. We postulate that mucilage exudation by roots attenuates plant water stress by modulating water content dynamics in the rhizosphere.

Kroener, Eva; Zarebanadkouki, Mohsen; Kaestner, Anders; Carminati, Andrea

2014-08-01

174

Measuring and Modelling water related soil - vegetation feedbacks in a fallow plot  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Land fallowing is one possible response to shortage of water for irrigation. Leaving the soil unseeded implies a change of the soil functioning that has an impact on the water cycle. The development of a soil crust in the open spaces between the patterns of grass weed affects the soil properties and the field scale water balance. The objective of this study was to test the potential of integrated non invasive geophysics and ground-image analysis and to quantify the effect of the soil vegetation interaction on the water balance of a fallow land at the local and plot scale. We measured repeatedly in space and time local soil saturation and vegetation cover over two small plots located in southern Sardinia, Italy, during an infiltration experiment. One plot was left unseeded and the other was cultivated. The comparative analysis of the experimental data evidenced a positive feedback between weed growth and infiltration at the fallow plot. A simple bucket model captured the different soil moisture dynamics at the two plots during the infiltration experiment and was used to estimate the impact of the soil vegetation feedback on the yearly water balance at the site.

Ursino, Nadia; Cassiani, Giorgio; Deiana, Rita; Vignoli, Giulio; Boaga, Jacopo

2013-04-01

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[Simulating soil water drainage and nitrogen leaching in Tianranwenyanqu Basin].  

PubMed

Soil water drainage and nitrogen leaching in Tianranwenyanqu Basin was simulated using DNDC model. The model was validated by data of the water and nitrogen controlling experiment in the basin. The correlation coefficients between simulated and measured values of daily 1 m soil water storage,lower boundary NO3(-) -N concentration, soil water drainage and nitrogen leaching were 0.94 (n = 40), 0.66 (n = 49), 0.89 (n =40), 0.94 (n = 39); and RMSEs were 15.66 mm, 2.66 mg x kg(-1), 9.00 mm, 0.94 kg x hm(-2), respectively. The validated model was then used to simulate soil water drainage and nitrogen leaching in the basin. The results show that, under multi-year average climate and conventional management condition, annual soil water drainage and nitrogen leaching of winter-wheat and summer-corn rotation fields in this basin were 220-327 mm and 73.1-100.6 kg x hm(-2), respectively. The distribution of water drainage and nitrogen leaching were uneven in time and space, leaching happened mainly after fertilization, irrigation or heavy rainfall, and sandy soil regions were the most serious nitrogen leaching area. Unreasonable irrigation, fertilization and poor water and fertilizer preserving capability of the soils,were the major causes of soil water drainage and nitrogen leaching. PMID:19432342

Li, Xiao-Peng; Zhang, Jia-Bao; Liu, Jin-Tao; Zhu, An-Ning

2009-03-15

176

Guidelines for Developing Soil and Water Management Programs: Irrigated Pecans  

E-print Network

Guidelines for Developing Soil and Water Management Programs: Irrigated Pecans Agricultural Research and Extension Center at El Paso March 2002 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station The Texas A&M University System Texas Water Resources Institute...

Miyamoto, S.

177

EFFECTIVENESS OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICES FOR POLLUTION CONTROL  

EPA Science Inventory

The potential water quality effects and economic implications of soil and water conservation practices (SWCPs) are identified. Method for estimating the effects of SWCPs on pollutant losses from croplands are presented. Mathematical simulation and linear programming models were u...

178

Coupled Oxygen and Hydrogen Isotope Analysis of Water Along the Soil-Plant- Atmosphere Continuum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The oxygen and hydrogen isotope compositions of water within a plant vary with transpiration rates and the isotopic composition of soil water. Both of these parameters are affected by temperature and relative humidity. A controlled-temperature, growth-chamber experiment was conducted to determine the relationships among temperature, relative humidity, soil water evaporation and plant-water isotope composition in cattails and horsetails. Typha, a cattail species that grows in wetland conditions, and Equisetum, a horsetail species that prefers dry soils, were each grown in four chambers at 15, 20, 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. The oxygen and hydrogen isotope compositions of watering water, soil water, vapour in the growth chambers and plant water from the leaves and stems were analyzed throughout the eight-month long artificial growing season. Although the oxygen isotope composition of the watering water remained constant, the soil water, atmospheric vapour and plant water were progressively enriched in oxygen-18 and deuterium in each of the four chambers from low to high temperatures as a result of increasing evaporation. The oxygen isotope composition of plant water along the length of a single stem or leaf was increasingly enriched in the heavier isotopes towards the apex. There was no significant difference in the magnitude of this trend between species. These results indicate that the isotopic composition of plant water is primarily controlled by environmental conditions. The oxygen isotope composition of the water vapour in the growing chamber increased with temperature, consistent with equilibration between the vapour and the oxygen-18 enriched soil and plant water reservoirs. The magnitude and interaction of these variables, as measured for these modern samples of cattails and horsetails, should be useful in calibrating paleoclimate proxies based on fossilized plant materials (e.g., cellulose, phytoliths).

Huang, Z.; Webb, E. A.; Longstaffe, F. J.

2008-12-01

179

Soil water content and infiltration in agroforestry buffer strips  

Microsoft Academic Search

Agroforestry practices are receiving increased attention in temperate zones due to their environmental and economic benefits.\\u000a To test the hypothesis that agroforestry buffers reduce runoff by increased infiltration, water use, and water storage; profile\\u000a water content and soil water infiltration were measured for a Putnam soil (fine, smectitic, mesic Vertic Albaqualf). The watershed\\u000a was under no-till management with a corn

Stephen H. Anderson; Ranjith P. Udawatta; Tshepiso Seobi; Harold E. Garrett

2009-01-01

180

Monitoring soil-vegetation interactions using non-invasive geophysical techniques  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The understanding of soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions is of utmost importance in the solution of a number of hydrological questions and practical issues, including flood control, agricultural best practice, slope stability and impacts of climatic changes. Geophysical time-lapse monitoring can greatly contribute to the understanding of these interactions particularly for its capability to map in space and time the effects of vegetation on soil moisture content. In this work we present the results of two case studies showing the potential of hydro-geophysics in this context. The first example refers to the long term monitoring of the soil static and dynamic characteristics in an experimental site located in Sardinia (Italy). The main objective of this study is to understand the effects of soil - water - plants interactions on soil water balance. A combination of time-lapse electromagnetic induction (EMI) monitoring over wide areas and localized irrigation tests monitored by electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and TDR soil moisture measurements is here used, in order to achieve quantitative field-scale estimates of moisture content from topsoil layer. Natural gamma-ray emission mapping, texture analysis and laboratory calibration of an electrical constitutive relationship on soil samples complete the dataset. We therefore observed that the growth of vegetation, with the associated below ground allocation of biomass, has a significant impact on the soil moisture dynamics. In particular vegetation extracts a large amount of water from the soil in the hot season, but it also reduces evaporation by shadowing the soil surface. In addition, vegetation enhances the soil wetting process as the root system facilitates water infiltration, thus creating a positive feedback system. The second example regards the time-lapse monitoring of soil moisture content in an apple orchard located in the Alpine region of Northern Italy (Trento). A three-dimensional cross-hole ERT setup was created using four small-scale boreholes and a 2D array of surface electrodes. The soil response to irrigation and evapo-transpiration evidences the location of tree roots, including the influence of irrigation patterns on the root growth, and their efficiency at removing soil moisture.

Perri, M.; Cassiani, G.; Boaga, J.; Rossi, M.; Vignoli, G.; Deiana, R.; Ursino, N.; Putti, M.; Majone, B.; Bellin, A.; Blaschek, M.; Duttmann, R.; Meyer, S.; Ludwig, R.; Soddu, A.; Dietrich, P.; Werban, U.

2012-12-01

181

Interactions between soil thermal and hydrological dynamics in the response of Alaska ecosystems to fire disturbance  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Soil temperature and moisture are important factors that control many ecosystem processes. However, interactions between soil thermal and hydrological processes are not adequately understood in cold regions, where the frozen soil, fire disturbance, and soil drainage play important roles in controlling interactions among these processes. These interactions were investigated with a new ecosystem model framework, the dynamic organic soil version of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model, that incorporates an efficient and stable numerical scheme for simulating soil thermal and hydrological dynamics within soil profiles that contain a live moss horizon, fibrous and amorphous organic horizons, and mineral soil horizons. The performance of the model was evaluated for a tundra burn site that had both preburn and postbura measurements, two black spruce fire chronosequences (representing space-for-time substitutions in well and intermediately drained conditions), and a poorly drained black spruce site. Although space-for-time substitutions present challenges in modeldata comparison, the model demonstrates substantial ability in simulating the dynamics of ??vapotranspiration, soil temperature, active layer depth, soil moisture, and water table depth in response to both climate variability and fire disturbance. Several differences between model simulations and field measurements identified key challenges for evaluating/improving model performance that include (1) proper representation of discrepancies between air temperature and ground surface temperature; (2) minimization of precipitation biases in the driving data sets; (3) improvement of the measurement accuracy of soil moisture in surface organic horizons; and (4) proper specification of organic horizon depth/properties, and soil thermal conductivity. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

Yi, S.; McGuire, A.D.; Harden, J.; Kasischke, E.; Manies, K.; Hinzman, L.; Liljedahl, A.; Randerson, J.; Liu, H.; Romanovsky, V.; Marchenko, S.; Kim, Y.

2009-01-01

182

Iron clad wetlands: Soil iron-sulfur buffering determines coastal wetland response to salt water incursion  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

freshwater wetland chemistry is rapidly changing due to increased frequency of salt water incursion, a consequence of global change. Seasonal salt water incursion introduces sulfate, which microbially reduces to sulfide. Sulfide binds with reduced iron, producing iron sulfide (FeS), recognizable in wetland soils by its characteristic black color. The objective of this study is to document iron and sulfate reduction rates, as well as product formation (acid volatile sulfide (AVS) and chromium reducible sulfide (CRS)) in a coastal freshwater wetland undergoing seasonal salt water incursion. Understanding iron and sulfur cycling, as well as their reduction products, allows us to calculate the degree of sulfidization (DOS), from which we can estimate how long soil iron will buffer against chemical effects of sea level rise. We show that soil chloride, a direct indicator of the degree of incursion, best predicted iron and sulfate reduction rates. Correlations between soil chloride and iron or sulfur reduction rates were strongest in the surface layer (0-3 cm), indicative of surface water incursion, rather than groundwater intrusion at our site. The interaction between soil moisture and extractable chloride was significantly related to increased AVS, whereas increased soil chloride was a stronger predictor of CRS. The current DOS in this coastal plains wetland is very low, resulting from high soil iron content and relatively small degree of salt water incursion. However, with time and continuous salt water exposure, iron will bind with incoming sulfur, creating FeS complexes, and DOS will increase.

Schoepfer, Valerie A.; Bernhardt, Emily S.; Burgin, Amy J.

2014-12-01

183

Interaction of aerobic soil bacteria with plutonium(VI)  

Microsoft Academic Search

We studied the interaction of Pu(VI) with Pseudomonas stutzeri ATCC 17588 and Bacillus sphaericus ATCC 14577, representatives of the main aerobic groups of soil bacteria present in the upper soil layers. The accumulation studies have shown that these soil bacteria accumulate high amounts of Pu(VI). The sorption efficiency toward Pu(VI) decreased with increasing biomass concentration due to increased agglomeration of

Petra J. Panak; Heino Nitsche

2000-01-01

184

Interaction between soil hydrology and boundary-layer development  

Microsoft Academic Search

A two-layer model of soil hydrology and thermodynamics is combined with a one-dimensional model of the planetary boundary layer to study various interactions between evolution of the boundary layer and soil moisture transport. Boundary-layer moistening through surface evaporation reduces the potential and actual surface evaporation as well as the boundary-layer growth. With more advanced stages of soil drying, the restricted

H.-L. Pan; L. Mahrt

1987-01-01

185

POLYACRYLAMIDE EFFECTS ON WATER INFILTRATION IN SANDY LOAM SOILS  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Some sandy soils of the California San Joaquin Valley have low water infiltration. Electrical conductivity (EC) and sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) of irrigation water greatly affect infiltration rate and hydraulic conductivity of soils. High molecular weight polyacrylamides (PAM) have been shown to i...

186

Ground-based measurements of soil water storage in Texas  

E-print Network

Ground-based measurements of soil water storage in Texas Todd Caldwell Bridget Scanlon Di Long Landslides EROSION Dust Weak SOIL STRENGTH Hard Latent heat SOLAR ENERGY Sensible heat Energy-limited TRANSPIRATION Water-limited Carbon storage ECOHYDROLOGY Stress, mortality, fire Oxygen limitations MICROBIAL

Yang, Zong-Liang

187

Agricultural Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory, Temple, TX  

E-print Network

Agricultural Research Service Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory, Temple, TX Monitoring, Modeling and Decision-Making Daren Harmel USDA-ARS, Temple, TX #12;Agricultural Research Service Grassland monitoring, modeling, and decision- making #12;Agricultural Research Service Grassland, Soil and Water

188

Soil and Water Challenges for Pacific Northwest Agriculture  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Soil and water conservation has been a major concern in the Inland Pacific Northwest since the onset of farming 125 years ago. Some of the highest historic water erosion rates in the USA have occurred on steep slopes in the Palouse region where soil loss averaged 45 Mg ha-1 yr-1 and could reach 450 ...

189

GIS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE On-Campus Section 8197  

E-print Network

SWS 4720C GIS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE On-Campus Section 8197 Fall 2014 Instructor Wade Ross wader with the basic concepts of geographic information systems and applications focused on soil and water resource, and hyperlinks) · Virtual computer lab is used for GIS assignments: https://virtual.ifas.ufl.edu/ The virtual

Ma, Lena

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GIS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE On-Campus Section 8197  

E-print Network

SWS 4720C GIS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE On-Campus Section 8197 Fall 2013 Instructor Susan Curry on soil and water resource management. To familiarize the students with the ESRI ArcGIS 10 software material in pdf format, library of GIS video clips, quizzes, and hyperlinks) · Virtual computer lab is used

Ma, Lena

191

GIS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE Distance Education Sections  

E-print Network

SWS 4720C GIS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE Distance Education Sections Fall 2013 Instructor Susan Curry and applications focused on soil and water resource management. To familiarize the students with the ESRI ArcGIS 10:00-7:30 pm EST. every other week throughout the semester. #12;· Virtual computer lab is used for GIS

Ma, Lena

192

Soil Water Use by Ceanothus velutinus and Two Grasses  

Microsoft Academic Search

Seasonal trends of soil water content in plots of snowbrush (Ceanothus velutinus Dougl.), orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata L), and pinegrass {Calamagrostis rubes- cens Buckl.) and in bare plots were measured on a burned-over forest watershed in north-central Washington. A comparison of soil water contents at depths of 12, 24, 36, and 48 inches indicated that the grasses and snowbrush generally

W. Lopushinsky; G. O. Klock

193

Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District  

E-print Network

Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Report FY 2014 1071ATurnpikeRd.Bedford,VA24523 "The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Con- servation District, with its partners, will provide the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bedford County and Town of Bedford. TheCommonwealthofVirginiasupportsthePeaksorOtter

Liskiewicz, Maciej

194

Effects of water addition on soil arthropods and soil characteristics in a precipitation-limited environment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We investigated the effect of water addition and season on soil arthropod abundance and soil characteristics (%C, %N, C:N, moisture, pH). The experimental design consisted of 24 groups of five boxes distributed within a small aspen stand in Saskatchewan, Canada. The boxes depressed the soil to create a habitat with suitable microclimate for soil arthropods, and by overturning boxes we counted soil arthropods during weekly surveys from April to September 1999. Soil samples were collected at two-month intervals and water was added once per week to half of the plots. Of the eleven recognizable taxonomic units identified, only mites (Acari) and springtails (Collembola) responded to water addition by increasing abundance, whereas ants decreased in abundance with water addition. During summer, springtail numbers increased with water addition, whereas pH was a stronger determinant of mite abundance. In autumn, springtails were positively correlated with water and negatively correlated with mites, whereas mite abundance was negatively correlated with increasing C:N ratio, positively correlated to water addition, and negatively correlated with springtail abundance. Although both mite and springtail numbers decreased in autumn with a decrease in soil moisture, mites became more abundant than springtails suggesting a predator-prey (mite-springtail) relationship. Water had a significant effect on both springtails and mites in summer and autumn supporting the assertion that prairie soil communities are water limited.

Chikoski, Jennifer M.; Ferguson, Steven H.; Meyer, Lense

2006-09-01

195

Outcomes of fungal interactions are determined by soil invertebrate grazers  

E-print Network

LETTER Outcomes of fungal interactions are determined by soil invertebrate grazers Thomas W resource availability. We show that invertebrate grazers can exert selective pressures on fungal decomposer invertebrate communities will have direct consequences for fungal-mediated nutrient cycling in woodland soils

Bruns, Tom

196

Marked differences between van Genuchten soil water-retention parameters for temperate and tropical soils: a new water-retention pedo-transfer functions developed for tropical soils  

Microsoft Academic Search

All of the physical, chemical and soil water-retention data suitable for the derivation of a Pedo-Transfer Functions (PTF) for water retention for tropical soils (771 suitable horizons) were extracted from the IGBP-DIS soil database. The parameters ?s, ?r, ? and n of the van Genuchten (vG) [Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 44 (1980) 892] equation were derived and compared with

M. G. Hodnett; J. Tomasella

2002-01-01

197

On the infiltration of rain water through the soil with runo# of the excess water  

E-print Network

On the infiltration of rain water through the soil with runo# of the excess water Iacopo Borsi '' Viale Morgagni 67/A, 50134 Firenze, Italy Abstract This paper deals with the modelling of the rain water infiltration through the soil above the aquifer in case of runo# of the excess water. The main feature

Fasano, Antonio

198

Soil-plant-biochar interactions and effects on soil C and N cycling in a wheat greenhouse pot experiment.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Biochar is carbon rich material, able to modify soil qualities and increase soil carbon sequestration. We investigated the benefits, interactions and mechanisms observed when adding biochar (from Miscanthus feedstock) to soil. In a greenhouse experiment with wheat grown in pots under simulated natural conditions, biochars pyrolysed at 360° C and 450° C were applied at 10, 25, and 50 tha-1, with or without nitrogen (urea). These pots were subjected to different water regimes (400 and 800 mm per year) according to a randomised block design. Growth rate, grain yield and total biomass will be related to the biochar production temperature and application rate. The effect of biochar on water availability and C and N cycling will be tested by direct measurements of CO2, CH4 and N2O fluxes from soil using closed dynamic and static chamber methods. Different natural 13C abundance in biochar (?13C?-13) and soil organic matter (SOM; (?13C ?-27) will be used to calculate the relative contribution of biochar to total soil respiration and the potential priming effect of the biochar on SOM. In addition a labelling experiment with 13CO2 will be used to trace C from the atmosphere through the plant, revealing how biochar affects C allocation in plant biomass, rhizodeposition and root respiration. Preliminary results will be presented.

Michie, E.; Panzacchi, P.; Davies, C. A.; Toet, S.; Ineson, P.

2012-04-01

199

Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of estimated soil hydraulic parameters for simulating soil water content  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The sensitivity and uncertainty analysis has been carried out for the scalar parameters (soil hydraulic parameters (SHPs)), which govern the simulation of soil water content in the unsaturated soil zone. The study involves field experiments, which were conducted in real field conditions for wheat crop in Roorkee, India under irrigated conditions. Soil samples were taken for the soil profile of 60 cm depth at an interval of 15 cm in the experimental field to determine soil water retention curves (SWRCs). These experimentally determined SWRCs were used to estimate the SHPs by least square optimization under constrained conditions. Sensitivity of the SHPs estimated by various pedotransfer functions (PTFs), that relate various easily measurable soil properties like soil texture, bulk density and organic carbon content, is compared with lab derived parameters to simulate respective soil water retention curves. Sensitivity analysis was carried out using the monte carlo simulations and the one factor at a time approach. The different sets of SHPs, along with experimentally determined saturated permeability, are then used as input parameters in physically based, root water uptake model to ascertain the uncertainties in simulating soil water content. The generalised likelihood uncertainty estimation procedure (GLUE) was subsequently used to estimate the uncertainty bounds (UB) on the model predictions. It was found that the experimentally obtained SHPs were able to simulate the soil water contents with efficiencies of 70-80% at all the depths for the three irrigation treatments. The SHPs obtained from the PTFs, performed with varying uncertainties in simulating the soil water contents. Keywords: Sensitivity analysis, Uncertainty estimation, Pedotransfer functions, Soil hydraulic parameters, Hydrological modelling

Gupta, Manika; Garg, Naveen Kumar; Srivastava, Prashant K.

2014-05-01

200

Genotypic Diversity of Escherichia coli in the Water and Soil of Tropical Watersheds in Hawaii ?  

PubMed Central

High levels of Escherichia coli were frequently detected in tropical soils in Hawaii, which present important environmental sources of E. coli to water bodies. This study systematically examined E. coli isolates from water and soil of several watersheds in Hawaii and observed high overall genotypic diversity (35.5% unique genotypes). In the Manoa watershed, fewer than 9.3% of the observed E. coli genotypes in water and 6.6% in soil were shared between different sampling sites, suggesting the lack of dominant fecal sources in the watershed. High temporal variability of E. coli genotypes in soil was also observed, which suggests a dynamic E. coli population corresponding with the frequently observed high concentrations in tropical soils. When E. coli genotypes detected from the same sampling events were compared, limited sharing between the soil and water samples was observed in the majority of comparisons (73.5%). However, several comparisons reported up to 33.3% overlap of E. coli genotypes between soil and water, illustrating the potential for soil-water interactions under favorable environmental conditions. In addition, genotype accumulation curves for E. coli from water and soil indicated that the sampling efforts in the Manoa watershed could not exhaust the overall genotypic diversity. Comparisons of E. coli genotypes from other watersheds on Oahu, Hawaii, identified no apparent grouping according to sampling locations. The results of the present study demonstrate the complexity of using E. coli as a fecal indicator bacterium in tropical watersheds and highlight the need to differentiate environmental sources of E. coli from fecal sources in water quality monitoring. PMID:21515724

Goto, Dustin K.; Yan, Tao

2011-01-01

201

Reliability evaluation of containments including soil-structure interaction  

Microsoft Academic Search

Soil-structure interaction effects on the reliability assessment of containment structures are examined. The probability-based method for reliability evaluation of nuclear structures developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory is extended to include soil-structure interaction effects. In this method, reliability of structures is expressed in terms of limit state probabilities. Furthermore, random vibration theory is utilized to calculate limit state probabilities under random

J. Pires; H. Hwang; M. Reich

1985-01-01

202

EVALUATION OF SOIL WATER RETENTION MODELS BASED ON BASIC SOIL PHYSICAL PROPERTIES  

EPA Science Inventory

Algorithms to model soil water retention are needed to study the response of vegetation and hydrologic systems to climate change. he objective of this study was to evaluate some soil water retention models to identify minimum input data requirements. ix models that function with ...

203

Soil surfactant products for improving hydrologic function in post-fire water repellent soil  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

There are a wide range of soil surfactant chemistries on the market today that are primarily designed for the treatment of water repellent soils in cropping and turfgrass systems. These chemicals may also have potential in treating the deleterious effects associated with post-fire water repellent so...

204

Tillage effects on soil water redistribution and bare soil evaporation throughout a season  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Tillage-induced changes in soil properties are difficult to predict, yet can influence how water is redistributed within the profile after precipitation and subsequent evaporation rates. We evaluated the effects of sweep tillage (ST) on near surface soil water dynamics as compared with an untilled (...

205

How can climate, soil, and monitoring schedule affect temporal stability of soil water contents  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Temporal stability (TS) of soil water content (SWC) reflects the spatio-temporal organization of soil water. The TS SWC was originally recognized as a phenomenon that can be used to provide temporal average SWC of an area of interest from observations at a representative location(s). Currently appli...

206

Wood chip mulch thickness effects on soil water, soil temperature, weed growth, and landscape plant growth  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Wood chip mulches are used in landscapes to reduce soil water evaporation and competition from weeds. A study was conducted over a three-year period to determine soil water content at various depths under four wood chip mulch treatments and to evaluate the effects of wood chip thickness on growth of...

207

Effect of soil water content on soil thermal conductivity under field conditions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Knowledge of the thermal properties of soils is required in many areas of engineering, meteorology, agronomy, and ecosystem and soil science. Soil thermal conductivity varies in time and space, since it is influenced by soil properties as well as soil temperature and moisture conditions. We use the one dimensional heat conduction equation in conjunction with two-year data measured in a grass-covered field in North Carolina Piedmont to estimate soil thermal conductivity and to investigate how it is impacted by water content. In agreement with laboratory experiments reported in the literature, our results suggest that under dry conditions soil thermal conductivity increases across a relatively narrow range of soil water contents, above which a further increase in water content does not significantly change thermal conductivity. However, when soil approaches saturation, heat transfer is further improved, a fact not previously noted. This nonlinear behavior is consistent with the formation at high water contents of a continuous film of liquid water in soil aggregates of mineral and organic matter.

Vico, G.; Daly, E.; Manzoni, S.; Porporato, A.

2008-12-01

208

Base water potential of Picea abies as a characteristic of the soil water status  

Microsoft Academic Search

Variation in base water potential (?b, a daily maximum level of plant water potential, which is presumed to correspond to the condition of equilibrium between\\u000a the soil and plant water potentials) was examined in shoots of Norway spruce trees growing in well-drained and waterlogged\\u000a soils. The influence of soil water content, air temperature, and vapour pressure deficit of the atmosphere

Arne Sellin

1996-01-01

209

Coupled Soil-Plant Water Dynamics During Drought-Rewetting Transitions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The predicted climate and land-use changes could have dramatic effects on the water balance of the soil-vegetation system, particularly under frequent drought and subsequent rewetting conditions. Yet, estimation of these effects and associated consequences for the structure and functioning of ecosystems, groundwater recharge, drinking water availability, and the water cycle is currently impeded by gaps in our understanding of the spatiotemporal dynamics of soil water in the rooted soil horizons, the dynamics and driving physiological processes of plant water acquisition, and the transpiration from plant leaves under changing environmental conditions. Combining approaches from the disciplines of plant ecophysiology and soil and isotope hydrology, this work aims to fill this gap by quantitatively characterizing the interaction between plant water use - as affected by rooting patterns and ecophysiology of different plant functional groups - and the water balance of variably complex ecosystems with emphasis on drought and rewetting phases. Results from artificial drought and subsequent rewetting in field experiments using isotopically and dye (Brilliant Blue FCF) labeled water conducted on plots of various surface cover (bare soil, grass, beech, oak, vine) established on luvisol on loess in southwestern Germany are presented. Detailed spatiotemporal insights into the coupled short-term (hours to days) dynamics of soil and plant water during the experiments is facilitated by the application of newly developed techniques for high-frequency in-situ monitoring of stable isotope signatures in both pore water and transpired water using commercial laser-based spectrometers in conjunction with plant ecophysiological, soil physical state, and dye staining observations. On the one hand, the spatiotemporal patterns of plant water uptake are assessed and related to morphological and physiological traits driving plant water uptake, functional adaptations of plants to changes of soil water availability, and intra- and interspecies competition for water resources access. On the other hand, the effects of vegetation cover on infiltration, preferential flow paths characteristics, and soil water storage in the rooted soil horizons are investigated. The results of the experiments and the developed methodology will contribute to an improved understanding of ecosystem response and adaptation to drought and short-term changes in environmental conditions.

Volkmann, T. H.; Haberer, K.; Gessler, A.; Weiler, M.

2013-12-01

210

Soil particle size distribution and its relationship with soil water and salt under mulched drip irrigation in Xinjiang of China  

Microsoft Academic Search

Soil particle size distribution (PSD), one of the most important soil physical attributes, is of great importance to soil\\u000a water movement, soil erosion and soil solute migration. In this study, the soil PSD of 563 soil samples from the mulched drip\\u000a irrigated cotton fields in Xinjiang of China were measured by laser diffraction particle size analyzer. The soil PSD characteristics

HongChang Hu; FuQiang Tian; HePing Hu

2011-01-01

211

Subcritical water extraction of polychlorinated biphenyls from soil and sediment  

Microsoft Academic Search

Two certified reference materials, an industrial soil (CRM 481) and a river sediment (NIST 1939), were extracted by subcritical water at 50 atm and temperatures ranging from 50 to 300°C. The extraction efficiency of PCBs is extremely dependent on water temperature, since the polarity (dielectric constant) of water can be dramatically lowered by raising the water temperature. While only traces

Yu. Yang; S. Bewadt; Steven B. Hawthorne; David J. Miller

1995-01-01

212

Subsurface And Surface Water Flow Interactions  

EPA Science Inventory

In this chapter we present basic concepts and principles underlying the phenomena of groundwater and surface water interactions. Fundamental equations and analytical and numerical solutions describing stream-aquifer interactions are presented in hillslope and riparian aquifer en...

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Citrus orchards management and soil water repellency in Eastern Spain  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Water repellent soils are found around the world, although originally was found on fire affected soil (DeBano, 1981). However, for decades, water repellency was found to be a rare soil property. One of the pioneer research that shown that water repellency was a common soil property is the Wander (1949) publication in Science. Wander researched the water repellency on citrus groves, and since then, no information is available about the water repellency on citrus plantations. The Mediterranean soils are prone to water repellency due to the summer dry conditions (Cerdà and Doerr, 2007). And Land Use and Land Management are key factors (Harper et al., 2000; Urbanek et al., 2007) to understand the water repellency behaviour of agriculture soils. Valencia region (Eastern Spain) is the largest exporter in the world and citrus plantations located in the alluvial plains and fluvial terraces are moving to alluvial fans and slopes where the surface wash is very active (Cerdà et al., 2009). This research aims to show the water repellency on citrus orchards located on the sloping terrain (< 15 % angle slope). Measurement were conducted in four experimental plots located in the Canyoles River watershed to assess the soil water repellency in citrus orchards under different managements: annual addition of plant residues and manure with no tilling and no fertilizer (MNT), annual addition of plant residues with no tillage (NT), application of conventional herbicides and no tilling (HNT) and conventional tillage in June (CT). The period for each type of management ranged from 2 and 27 (MNT), 1 and 25 (NT), 2 and 27 (HNT) and 3 and 29 years (CT). At each plot, a ten points were selected every 10 cm along inter-rows and water drop penetration time test (WDTP; DeBano, 1981) was performed. The results show that the MNT treatment induced slight water repellency in citrus-cropped soils compared to other treatments. Small but significant soil water repellency was observed under NT and HNT treatments (mean WDTP 4 ± 4 s and 2 ± 2 s, respectively), which may be regarded as subcritical soil water repellency. Slight water repellency observed in soils under MNT treatment may be attributed to the input of hydrophobic organic compounds as a consequence of the addition of plant residues and organic manure. A further issue to be achieved is the study of geomorphological processes associated to sub-critical soil water repellency. The experimental setup within the citrus plantation is being supported by the research project CGL2008-02879/BTE

Cerdà, A.; González Peñaloza, F. A.; Jordán, A.; Zavala, L. M.

2012-04-01

214

On-Farm Soil Monitoring for Water  

E-print Network

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 5. Plant and crop residue cover generations and other species. Improving and protecting soil quality can help support sustainable crop in your field and cropping practices affect the soil. This publication will present quick

Holland, Jeffrey

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Measuring Low Concentrations of Liquid Water in Soil  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An apparatus has been developed for measuring the low concentrations of liquid water and ice in relatively dry soil samples. Designed as a prototype of instruments for measuring the liquidwater and ice contents of Lunar and Martian soils, the apparatus could also be applied similarly to terrestrial desert soils and sands. The apparatus is a special-purpose impedance spectrometer: Its design is based on the fact that the electrical behavior of a typical soil sample is well approximated by a network of resistors and capacitors in which resistances decrease and capacitances increase (and, hence, the magnitude of impedance decreases) with increasing water content.

Buehler, Martin

2009-01-01

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Cosmic Ray Neutron Probe Soil Water Measurements over Complex Terrain in Austria  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The importance of surface soil water (rooting zone) has become evident with climate change affecting rainfall patterns and crop production. The use of Cosmic Ray Neutron Probe (CRNP) for measuring surface soil water has become increasingly popular. The advantage of CRNP is that it is a non-invasive technique for measuring soil water content at an area-wide scale, in contrast to more conventional, techniques which measure mainly at field scale (point level). The CRNP integrates over a circular area of ca. 600 meters in diameter, to a depth of 70 cm, giving an average value for soil water content. Cosmic radiation interacting with the Earth's atmosphere continuously generates neutrons. At Earth's surface, these neutrons interact with surface water, and are slowed down. At sub-micrometer geometrics, these neutrons affect semiconductor devices, so they can be counted, slow and fast ones separately. From the difference in numbers between fast and slow neutrons, soil water content is calculated. As first in Austria, a CRNP (CRS 1000/B model) consisting of two neutron counters (one tuned for slow, the other one for fast neutrons), data logger and an Iridium modem, has been installed at Petzenkirchen research station of the Doctoral Programme for Water Resource Systems (TU Vienna) at 48.14 latitude and 15.17 longitude, 100 km west of Vienna, in late autumn 2013. The research station is located in an undulating agricultural landscape, characterized by heavy Cambisols and Planosols, and winter wheat and barley as main crops in winter, and maize and sunflower in summer. In addition, an in-situ soil moisture network consisting of 32 stations of Time Domain Transmissivity (TDT) sensors measuring soil water at 4 depths (0.05, 0.10,0.20 and 0.50 m) over an area of 64 ha has been established. This TDT network is currently being used to validate the use of the innovative CRNP technique. First results will be shown at the EGU 2014.

Vreugdenhil, Mariette; Weltin, Georg; Kheng Heng, Lee; Wahbi, Ammar; Oismueller, Markus; Dercon, Gerd

2014-05-01

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Running heading: Water retention properties of the clay in clayey soils Water retention properties of the clay in soils developed  

E-print Network

1 Running heading: Water retention properties of the clay in clayey soils Water retention. E-mail: ary.bruand@orleans.inra.fr Summary We have investigated the water retention properties retention properties have been studied from -10 hPa to -15 000 hPa water potential using small clods

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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Relation between L-band soil emittance and soil water content  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An experimental relation between soil emittance (E) at L-band and soil surface moisture content (M) is compared with a theoretical one. The latter depends on the soil dielectric constant, which is a function of both soil moisture content and of soil texture. It appears that a difference of 10 percent in the surface clay content causes a change in the estimate of M on the order of 0.02 cu m/cu m. This is based on calculations with a model that simulates the flow of water and energy, in combination with a radiative transfer model. It is concluded that an experimental determination of the E-M relation for each soil type is not required, and that a rough estimate of the soil texture will lead to a sufficiently accurate estimate of soil moisture from a general, theoretical relationship obtained by numerical simulation.

Stroosnijder, L.; Lascano, R. J.; Van Bavel, C. H. M.; Newton, R. W.

1986-01-01

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Coupling root architecture and pore network modeling - an attempt towards better understanding root-soil interactions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Understanding root-soil interactions is of high importance for environmental and agricultural management. Root uptake is an essential component in water and solute transport modeling. The amount of groundwater recharge and solute leaching significantly depends on the demand based plant extraction via its root system. Plant uptake however not only responds to the potential demand, but in most situations is limited by supply form the soil. The ability of the plant to access water and solutes in the soil is governed mainly by root distribution. Particularly under conditions of heterogeneous distribution of water and solutes in the soil, it is essential to capture the interaction between soil and roots. Root architecture models allow studying plant uptake from soil by describing growth and branching of root axes in the soil. Currently root architecture models are able to respond dynamically to water and nutrient distribution in the soil by directed growth (tropism), modified branching and enhanced exudation. The porous soil medium as rooting environment in these models is generally described by classical macroscopic water retention and sorption models, average over the pore scale. In our opinion this simplified description of the root growth medium implies several shortcomings for better understanding root-soil interactions: (i) It is well known that roots grow preferentially in preexisting pores, particularly in more rigid/dry soil. Thus the pore network contributes to the architectural form of the root system; (ii) roots themselves can influence the pore network by creating preferential flow paths (biopores) which are an essential element of structural porosity with strong impact on transport processes; (iii) plant uptake depend on both the spatial location of water/solutes in the pore network as well as the spatial distribution of roots. We therefore consider that for advancing our understanding in root-soil interactions, we need not only to extend our root models, but also improve the description of the rooting environment. Until now there have been no attempts to couple root architecture and pore network models. In our work we present a first attempt to join both types of models using the root architecture model of Leitner et al., (2010) and a pore network model presented by Raoof et al. (2010). The two main objectives of coupling both models are: (i) Representing the effect of root induced biopores on flow and transport processes: For this purpose a fixed root architecture created by the root model is superimposed as a secondary root induced pore network to the primary soil network, thus influencing the final pore topology in the network generation. (ii) Representing the influence of pre-existing pores on root branching: Using a given network of (rigid) pores, the root architecture model allocates its root axes into these preexisting pores as preferential growth paths with thereby shape the final root architecture. The main objective of our study is to reveal the potential of using a pore scale description of the plant growth medium for an improved representation of interaction processes at the interface of root and soil. References Raoof, A., Hassanizadeh, S.M. 2010. A New Method for Generating Pore-Network Models. Transp. Porous Med. 81, 391-407. Leitner, D, Klepsch, S., Bodner, G., Schnepf, S. 2010. A dynamic root system growth model based on L-Systems. Tropisms and coupling to nutrient uptake from soil. Plant Soil 332, 177-192.

Leitner, Daniel; Bodner, Gernot; Raoof, Amir

2013-04-01

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Comparison of bioassays by testing whole soil and their water extract from contaminated sites.  

PubMed

The harmful effects of contaminants on the ecosystems and humans are characterised by their environmental toxicity. The aim of this study was to assess applicability and reliability of several environmental toxicity tests, comparing the result of the whole soils and their water extracts. In the study real contaminated soils were applied from three different inherited contaminated sites of organic and inorganic pollutants. The measured endpoints were the bioluminescence inhibition of Vibrio fischeri (bacterium), the dehydrogenase activity inhibition of Azomonas agilis (bacterium), the reproduction inhibition of Tetrahymena pyriformis (protozoon), and Panagrellus redivivus (nematode), the mortality of Folsomia candida (springtail), the root and shoot elongation inhibition of Sinapis alba (plant: white mustard) and the nitrification activity inhibition of an uncontaminated garden soil used as "test organism". Besides the standardised or widely used methods some new, direct contact ecotoxicity tests have been developed and introduced, which are useful for characterisation of the risk of contaminated soils due to their interactive nature. Soil no. 1 derived from a site polluted with transformer oil (PCB-free); Soil no. 2 originated from a site contaminated with mazout; Soil no. 3 was contaminated with toxic metals (Zn, Cd, Cu, Pb, As). In most cases, the interactive ecotoxicity tests indicated more harmful effect of the contaminated soil than the tests using soil extracts. The direct contact environmental toxicity tests are able to meet the requirements of environmental toxicology: reliability, sensibility, reproducibility, rapidity and low cost. PMID:16860849

Leitgib, Laura; Kálmán, Judit; Gruiz, Katalin

2007-01-01

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Critical Zone Soil Properties effects on Soil Water Storage and Flux  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil properties control a wide range of hydrologic processes including recharge to regional aquifers. Soil water must pass through the critical zone to contribute to ground water recharge. Deep percolation (DP) from catchments is considered to be an estimate of mountain block recharge to regional aquifers. DP is also an important term in water mass balance studies, which attempt to estimate hydrologic states and fluxes in watersheds with fractured or transmissive bedrock. Few studies estimate the magnitude of this water balance term and it is often considered negligible. The objective of this study is to estimate the timing and magnitude of DP in the 0.015 km2 Tree Line experimental catchment (TL) from the 2011 water year. The catchment, which is located within the Dry Creek Experimental Watershed, Boise, ID, contains thin sandy soil over fractured granitic bedrock. We introduce modeling methods that focus on achieving a high degree of agreement between measured and modeled catchment storage. A distributed physically-based snow energy balance model is loosely coupled to a capacitance-based soil moisture model to estimate soil storage. Measured and calculated soil model parameters, including field capacity, saturated soil moisture content, and plant extraction limits, control the flux of water through the critical zone. Variability in soil storage and soil water fluxes through the critical zone is driven by soil properties. Parameters describing a leaf area index time series are calibrated to minimize the difference between measured and modeled soil dry down in the spring. DP is estimated to be 126 mm from Dec. 13, 2010 to June 30, 2011, which is 18% of the precipitation measured during that time. Rain-on-snow events are estimated to contribute 79 mm, which is 11% of precipitation or 63% of the calculated DP.

Kormos, P. R.; McNamara, J. P.; Seyfried, M. S.; Marks, D. G.; Flores, A. N.; Marshall, H.; Williams, C. J.

2012-12-01

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Hydraulic lift: Substantial nocturnal water transport between soil layers by Artemisia tridentata roots  

Microsoft Academic Search

Diel soil water potential fluctuations reflected daytime depletion and nocturnal resupply of water in upper soil layers. Transpiration suppression experiments demonstrated that water absorption by roots caused the daytime depletion. The soil water potential data and experimental results suggest that at night water absorbed from moist soil by deeper roots is transported to and lost from roots into drier upper

J. H. Richards; M. M. Caldwell

1987-01-01

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Genetic by environment interactions affect plant–soil linkages  

PubMed Central

The role of plant intraspecific variation in plant–soil linkages is poorly understood, especially in the context of natural environmental variation, but has important implications in evolutionary ecology. We utilized three 18- to 21-year-old common gardens across an elevational gradient, planted with replicates of five Populus angustifolia genotypes each, to address the hypothesis that tree genotype (G), environment (E), and G × E interactions would affect soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics beneath individual trees. We found that soil nitrogen and carbon varied by over 50% and 62%, respectively, across all common garden environments. We found that plant leaf litter (but not root) traits vary by genotype and environment while soil nutrient pools demonstrated genotype, environment, and sometimes G × E interactions, while process rates (net N mineralization and net nitrification) demonstrated G × E interactions. Plasticity in tree growth and litter chemistry was significantly related to the variation in soil nutrient pools and processes across environments, reflecting tight plant–soil linkages. These data overall suggest that plant genetic variation can have differential affects on carbon storage and nitrogen cycling, with implications for understanding the role of genetic variation in plant–soil feedback as well as management plans for conservation and restoration of forest habitats with a changing climate. PMID:23919173

Pregitzer, Clara C; Bailey, Joseph K; Schweitzer, Jennifer A

2013-01-01

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Genetic by environment interactions affect plant-soil linkages.  

PubMed

The role of plant intraspecific variation in plant-soil linkages is poorly understood, especially in the context of natural environmental variation, but has important implications in evolutionary ecology. We utilized three 18- to 21-year-old common gardens across an elevational gradient, planted with replicates of five Populus angustifolia genotypes each, to address the hypothesis that tree genotype (G), environment (E), and G × E interactions would affect soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics beneath individual trees. We found that soil nitrogen and carbon varied by over 50% and 62%, respectively, across all common garden environments. We found that plant leaf litter (but not root) traits vary by genotype and environment while soil nutrient pools demonstrated genotype, environment, and sometimes G × E interactions, while process rates (net N mineralization and net nitrification) demonstrated G × E interactions. Plasticity in tree growth and litter chemistry was significantly related to the variation in soil nutrient pools and processes across environments, reflecting tight plant-soil linkages. These data overall suggest that plant genetic variation can have differential affects on carbon storage and nitrogen cycling, with implications for understanding the role of genetic variation in plant-soil feedback as well as management plans for conservation and restoration of forest habitats with a changing climate. PMID:23919173

Pregitzer, Clara C; Bailey, Joseph K; Schweitzer, Jennifer A

2013-07-01

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Can soil surface sealing be a natural compensation mechanism for soil water loss under future dry conditions?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Physical sealing of the soil is a widespread natural process in bare soil patches between shrubs, occurring frequently in dry environments. The seal layer has significantly lower hydraulic conductivity than the underlying undisturbed soil and thus it affects significantly hydrological fluxes. The presence of seal layer has been shown previously to be a negative feedback for vegetation water availability by reducing infiltration which leads to runoff initiation and consequently, propagation of desertification processes. The seal layer, however, has also shown a positive feedback, disregarded previously, resulting from suppressed evaporation fluxes from the soil which can have a much broader impact and affect water budget of dry areas at the regional scale. This positive feedback is studied in this research with model-based analysis of both measured local climatic records and synthetic climate change scenarios. The hillslope site (0.05 KM2) is located at the LTER Lehavim site, in the Negev desert at the south of Israel (31020' N, 34045' E). Annual rainfall is 290 mm and the soils are brown lithosols and arid brown loess, prone to surface sealing. The vegetation is characterized by scattered dwarf shrubs with dominant species Sarcopoterium spinosum. A previously published, high resolution physically-based model (aggregated Hydrus 1D runs) was used. The model (3X3 m2, 8240 cells) accounts explicitly for topographic and soil hydraulic parameters. Hydraulic properties of the seal layer at the soil surface were modeled following Mualem and Assouline (1989). Simulation of measured climate records reveals the seal layer to be a positive feedback for root zone water availability during dry and averaged rainfall seasons, while being a negative feedback during higher than average rainfall amounts (increasing the mean water content in the root zone, relatively to an unsealed profile, by 39%, 19% and -11% respectively). To study the seal layer role in future drier conditions, as projected by climate models for the Mediterranean region, the hydrological model was forced with a series of synthetic rainfall storms, systematically varying the drying intervals, evaporation intensity and soil initial water content conditions. Compared to an unsealed system, the presence of a seal layer was found to be an efficient water conservation mechanism, "buffering" the effect of climatic scenarios. For the drying intervals duration of 7 and 10 days (corresponding for the averages drying intervals during an average and dry seasons), water content at the root zone under the seal was found to be 17% and 20% higher, respectively. Furthermore, the seal layer effect on root zone water storage was found to be spatially heterogeneous, as the seal layer interacts differently with local topographic parameters.

Sela, Shai; Svoray, Tal; Assouline, Shmuel

2013-04-01

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Water holding of biochar amended SE Coastal Plain soils  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Because southeastern Coastal Plain soils are sandy, poorly aggregated, and low in organic matter, they have low water holding capacities. Water holding can be improved with biochar amendments that have the potential to increase aggregation and provide a medium of water storage in the char. Changes i...

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ESTIMATION OF GROUND WATER RECHARGE USING SOIL MOISTURE BALANCE APPROACH  

E-print Network

ESTIMATION OF GROUND WATER RECHARGE USING SOIL MOISTURE BALANCE APPROACH C. P. Kumar* ABSTRACT The amount of water that may be extracted from an aquifer without causing depletion is primarily dependent upon the ground water recharge. Thus, a quantitative evaluation of spatial and temporal distribution

Kumar, C.P.

228

Soil and Vegetation Management: Keys to Water Conservation on Rangeland  

E-print Network

The amount of water that soaks into the soil largely determines plant productivity. We can manage and conserve water where and when it falls, and by controlling the kind of vegetation we can make the fullest use of rain water. This publication...

Schuster, Joseph L.

2001-01-11

229

Export of Acidity in Drainage Water from Acid Sulphate Soils  

Microsoft Academic Search

Disturbed acid sulphate soils are potent sources of acidity in coastal waterways. Monitoring studies of the drainage water for sites at East Trinity, Cairns and Pimpama, south-east Queensland indicate that considerable acidity is found in the drainage water from these sites. Hydrogen (H+), ferrous (Fe2+) and aluminium (Al) ions are the dominant acid cations involved. When drainage water is mixed

F. J Cook; W Hicks; E. A Gardner; G. D Carlin; D. W Froggatt

2000-01-01

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Soil science Disinfection of drain water in greenhouses  

E-print Network

Soil science Disinfection of drain water in greenhouses using a wet condensation heater C Steinberg November 1994) Summary — A wet condensation heater has been modified to disinfect drain water were introduced into the disinfection circuit above the heater. Water was checked downstream

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

231

Non-isothermal soil water transport and evaporation  

Microsoft Academic Search

A detailed model was formulated to describe the non-isothermal transport of water in the unsaturated soil zone. The model consists of the coupled equations of mass conservation for the liquid phase, gas phase and water vapor and the energy conservation equation. The water transport mechanisms considered are convection in the liquid phase, and convection, diffusion and dispersion of vapor in

Jordi Grifoll; Josep Ma. Gastoa; Yoram Cohen

2005-01-01

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Corn yield response to nitrogen and soil water content variability along a hillslope  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

A better understanding of the interaction of corn response to N fertilizer and soil water availability should improve N fertilizer use efficiency in corn (Zea mays L.) through spatially variable N applications. The objective of this study was to determine whether the within-field spatial variability...

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MODELING SPATIAL-TEMPORAL SOIL WATER AND OVERLAND FLOW IN A DRYLAND WHEAT-FALLOW FIELD USING MARIA-GIS  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Crop production and environmental fluxes vary in space and time and over a range of scales in agricultural systems. Process interactions between soil hydrology, plant growth and development, nutrient cycling and chemical transport are tightly coupled such that the soil water dynamics reflect the cr...

234

Wet Clay Technology decrease water repellency in sandy soil  

Microsoft Academic Search

Clay has been traditionally used to mitigate water repellency in sandy soils. However, the quantities required (10-15%) are often prohibitive for use in large-scale projects. The application of clay in suspension (wet clay technology, WCT) was therefore proposed as an alternative mean for clay amendment. For this reason the required quantity of a clayey soil was mixed with freshwater (at

Vasileios Diamantis; Eleutheria Gazani; Lorvi Pagorogon; Ioannis Gkiougkis; Fotios Pliakas; Ioannis Diamantis

2010-01-01

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Soil and water conservation: Productivity and environmental protection. 3. edition  

SciTech Connect

This book is a revision of a landmark book offering a broad coverage of the field of soil and water conservation while fully exploring the hazards posed by erosion, sedimentation, and pollution. Scope includes agriculture, engineering, mining, and other uses of land along with the techniques needed to conserve soil while maintaining environmental quality.

Troeh, F.R.; Hobbs, J.A.; Donahue, R.L.

1999-08-01

236

Dryland ecosystems: the coupled stochastic dynamics of soil water and vegetation and the role of rainfall seasonality.  

PubMed

In drylands the soil water availability is a key factor ruling the architecture of the ecosystem. The soil water reflects the exchanges of water among soil, vegetation, and atmosphere. Here, a dryland ecosystem is investigated through the analysis of the local interactions between soil water and vegetation forced by rainfall having seasonal and stochastic occurrence. The evolution of dryland ecosystems is represented by a system of two differential equations, having two steady states, one vegetated and the other unvegetated. The rainfall forcing is described by a diffusion process with monthly parameters. In each of the two possible steady states, the probability density functions of soil water and vegetation are derived analytically in terms of the rainfall distribution. The results show how the seasonality of rainfall influences the oscillation of the ecosystem between its vegetated steady state during the wet season and its unvegetated steady state during the dry season. PMID:18643103

Vezzoli, R; De Michele, C; Pavlopoulos, H; Scholes, R J

2008-05-01

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The estimation of soil water fluxes using lysimeter data  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The validation of soil water balance models regarding soil water fluxes in the field is still a problem. This requires time series of measured model outputs. In our study, a soil water balance model was validated using lysimeter time series of measured model outputs. The soil water balance model used in our study was the Hydrus-1D-model. This model was tested by a comparison of simulated with measured daily rates of actual evapotranspiration, soil water storage, groundwater recharge and capillary rise. These rates were obtained from twelve weighable lysimeters with three different soils and two different lower boundary conditions for the time period from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 1998. In that period, grass vegetation was grown on all lysimeters. These lysimeters are located in Berlin, Germany. One potential source of error in lysimeter experiments is preferential flow caused by an artificial channeling of water due to the occurrence of air space between the soil monolith and the inside wall of the lysimeters. To analyse such sources of errors, Hydrus-1D was applied with different modelling procedures. The first procedure consists of a general uncalibrated appli-cation of Hydrus-1D. The second one includes a calibration of soil hydraulic parameters via inverse modelling of different percolation events with Hydrus-1D. In the third procedure, the model DUALP_1D was applied with the optimized hydraulic parameter set to test the hy-pothesis of the existence of preferential flow paths in the lysimeters. The results of the different modelling procedures indicated that, in addition to a precise determination of the soil water retention functions, vegetation parameters such as rooting depth should also be taken into account. Without such information, the rooting depth is a calibration parameter. However, in some cases, the uncalibrated application of both models also led to an acceptable fit between measured and simulated model outputs.

Wegehenkel, M.

2009-04-01

238

Survey of Microbial Enzymes in Soil, Water, and Plant Microenvironments  

PubMed Central

Detection of microbial enzymes in natural environments is important to understand biochemical activities and to verify the biotechnological potential of the microorganisms. In the present report, 346 isolates from soil, water, and plants were screened for enzyme production (caseinase, gelatinase, amylase, carboxymethyl cellulase, and esterase). Our results showed that 89.6% of isolates produced at least one tested enzyme. A predominance of amylase in soil samples, carboxymethyl cellulase in plants, as well as esterase and gelatinase in water was observed. Interesting enzymatic profiles were found in some microenvironments, suggesting specificity of available nutrients and/or natural selection. This study revealed the potential of microorganisms present in water, soil, and plant to produce important enzymes for biotechnological exploration. A predominance of certain enzymes was found, depending on the type of environmental sample. The distribution of microbial enzymes in soil, water and plants has been little exploited in previous reports. PMID:24847390

Alves, Priscila Divina Diniz; Siqueira, Flávia de Faria; Facchin, Susanne; Horta, Carolina Campolina Rebello; Victória, Júnia Maria Netto; Kalapothakis, Evanguedes

2014-01-01

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Water and Solute Flow in a Highly-Structured Soil  

E-print Network

Prevention of groundwater contamination by agricultural activities is a high priority in the United States. Water and contaminants often follow particular flow paths through the soil that lead to rapid movement of pesticides out of the rootzone...

Hallmark, C. Tom; Wilding, Larry P.; McInnes, Kevin J.; Heuvelman, Willem J.

240

Mediterranean shrub vegetation: soil protection vs. water availability  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil Erosion and Land Degradation are closely related to the changes in the vegetation cover (Zhao et al., 2013). Although other factors such as rainfall intensiy or slope (Ziadat and Taimeh, 2013) the plant covers is the main factor that controls the soil erosion (Haregeweyn, 2013). Plant cover is the main factor of soil erosion processes as the vegetation control the infiltration and runoff generation (Cerdà, 1998a; Kargar Chigani et al., 2012). Vegetation cover acts in a complex way in influencing on the one hand on runoff and soil loss and on the other hand on the amount and the way that rainfall reaches the soil surface. In arid and semiarid regions, where erosion is one of the main degradation processes and water is a scant resource, a minimum percentage of vegetation coverage is necessary to protect the soil from erosion, but without compromising the availability of water (Belmonte Serrato and Romero Diaz, 1998). This is mainly controlled by the vegetation distribution (Cerdà, 1997a; Cammeraat et al., 2010; Kakembo et al., 2012). Land abandonment is common in Mediterranean region under extensive land use (Cerdà, 1997b; García-Ruiz, 2010). Abandoned lands typically have a rolling landscape with steep slopes, and are dominated by herbaceous communities that grow on pasture land interspersed by shrubs. Land abandonment use to trigger an increase in soil erosion, but the vegetation recovery reduces the impact of the vegetation. The goal of this work is to assess the effects of different Mediterranean shrub species (Dorycnium pentaphyllum Scop., Medicago strasseri, Colutea arborescens L., Retama sphaerocarpa, L., Pistacia Lentiscus L. and Quercus coccifera L.) on soil protection (runoff and soil losses) and on rainfall reaching soil surface (rainfall partitioning fluxes). To characterize the effects of shrub vegetation and to evaluate their effects on soil protection, two field experiments were carried out. The presence of shrub vegetation reduced runoff by at least 45% and soil loss by at least 59% in relation to an abandoned and degraded soil (bare soil) (Garcia-Estringana et al., 2010a). D. pentaphyllum, M. strasseri and C. arborescens were more effective in reducing runoff and soil loss (at least 83% and 97% respectively) than R. sphaerocarpa (45% and 59% respectively). Pisctacia Lentiscus L reduced the soil losses in 87% and the runoff rates (68%) meanwhile Quercus coccifera L reached a larger reduction (95% and 88 %) in comparison to herbicide treated agriculture soil. So, all shrub species protected the soil, but not in the same way. In relation to rainfall reaching the soil surface, great differences were observed among species, with interception losses varying between 10% for R. sphaerocarpa to greater than 36% for D. pentaphyllum and M. strasseri, and with stemflow percentages changing between less than 11% for D. pentaphyllum and M. strasseri and 20% for R. sphaerocarpa (Garcia-Estringana et al., 2010b). Rainfall interception on Pistacia Lentiscus and Quercus coccifera were 24% and 34% respectively for the two years of measurements. The integration of the effects of Mediterranean shrub vegetation on soil protection and rainfall partitioning fluxes facilitates understanding the effects of changes in vegetation type on soil and water resources. From this perspective, the interesting protective effect of D. pentpahyllum and M. strasseri, reducing intensely runoff and soil loss contrasts with the dangerous reduction in rainfall reaching the soil surface. Soil protection is essential in semiarid and arid environments, but a proper assessment of the effects on water availability is critical because of water is a scant resource in these kinds of environments. Pistacia Lentiscus and Quercus coccifera shown both a high capacity to intercept rainfall, increase infiltration and reduce the soil losses. We suggest to apply similar research programs into recently fire affected land as the role of vegetation after the fire is very dynamic (Cerdà 1998b). Acknowledgements The research projects 07 M/0077/1998, 07 M/0023/

García Estringana, Pablo; Nieves Alonso-Blázquez, M.; Alegre, Alegre; Cerdà, Artemi

2014-05-01

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Soil water samplers in ion balance studies on acidic forest soils  

SciTech Connect

During the last years an increasing consciousness has appeared of the injurious effects of acid rain on the forest ecosystems both in Europe and North America. At several localities ion balance studies have been implemented in order to evaluate the impact of the atmospheric deposition of acidic substances and heavy metals on the forest ecosystem. In many localities the leaching of material to the ground water or output from the ecosystem has to be determined by means of tensiometer measurements and soil water sampling. Many different soil water samplers are available on the market and they show useful applicability under the given circumstances. But in many cases soil water samples taken with different equipment give incommensurable results leading to differing explanations of the effects of acid precipitation on elements and their cycling in the ecosystem. The purpose of the present study is twofold. Firstly, the sorption characteristics of different types of soil water samplers are examined under acidic soil conditions both by installation in the field and by laboratory experiments. Secondly, a new method is introduced for current and constant soil water sampling under varying soil suctions in the unsaturated zone.

Rasmussen, L.; Joergensen, P.; Kruse, S.

1986-04-01

242

MODELING TOOLS FOR GROUND WATER-SURFACE WATER INTERACTIONS  

EPA Science Inventory

This project develops algorithms for simulating the dynamic interactions between surface water and ground water in rivers and riparian streams. The algorithms rely on physically based linear response functions which describe the exchange rates and volumes of water between the str...

243

Water Dynamics and Interactions in Water-Polyether Binary Mixtures  

PubMed Central

Poly(ethylene) oxide (PEO) is a technologically important polymer with a wide range of applications including ion-exchange membranes, protein crystallization, and medical devices. PEO’s versatility arises from its special interactions with water. Water molecules may form hydrogen bond bridges between the ether oxygens of the backbone. While steady-state measurements and theoretical studies of PEO’s interactions with water abound, experiments measuring dynamic observables are quite sparse. A major question is the nature of the interactions of water with the ether oxygens as opposed to the highly hydrophilic PEO terminal hydroxyls. Here, we examine a wide range of mixtures of water and tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether (TEGDE), a methyl-terminated derivative of PEO with 4 repeat units (5 ether oxygens) using ultrafast infrared polarization selective pump-probe measurements on water’s hydroxyl stretching mode to determine vibrational relaxation and orientational relaxation dynamics. The experiments focus on the dynamical interactions of water with the ether backbone because TEGDE does not have the PEO terminal hydroxyls. The experiments observe two distinct subensembles of water molecules: those that are hydrogen bonded to other waters and those that are associated with TEGDE molecules. The water orientational relaxation has a fast component of a few ps (water-like) followed by much slower decay of ?20 ps (TEGDE associated). The two decay times vary only mildly with the water concentration. The two subensembles are evident even in very low water content samples, indicating pooling of water molecules. Structural change as water content is lowered either through conformational changes in the backbone or increasing hydrophobic interactions is discussed. PMID:19323522

Fenn, Emily E.; Moilanen, David E.; Levinger, Nancy E.; Fayer, Michael D.

2009-01-01

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Using artificial recharge to restore groundwater / surface water interactions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Intensive use of ground water resources in small alluvial aquifers usually results in a severe depletion of ground water resources and a reduction of the stream discharge. As a result, a loss of ecological dynamics occurs in the riparian areas. In regions where recharge is quite limited because of climatic factors, those situations may endure as long as a wet year does not provide continuous stream discharge and replenishment of ground water resources. Another option to restore the interaction between ground and surface water consists in using reclaimed urban wastewater to recharge the alluvial aquifers. In that way, overall extractions may be partially balanced by returning used water to the ground. Such a situation has been studied in the Onyar River basin (NE Catalonia, Spain; extension: 295 sq km) where a continuous water table drawdown took place after several years of drought. As a consequence, stream discharge was nil, except on those river reaches were treated urban water was dumped. Because of high nutrient concentrations and salinity of treated water, the environmental quality of the riparian system degraded over time. Therefore, aquifer recharge using infiltration ponds (instead of dumping treated water to the stream) can be considered an appropriate action to rise the water table levels and to improve water quality through soil nutrient elimination. Field and laboratory experiments have been conducted to measure infiltration rates and soil solute reduction capability. Preliminary results show that the alluvial sediments of the Onyar basin may perform adequately if treated water is applied. Furthermore, a mathematical flow model allows to estimate water table levels after infiltration, the mass balance between the alluvial aquifer and the stream, and finally the length of the stream that will benefit from recharge. Acknowledgments: Research funded by joint project Fundación AGBAR - ICTA (UAB).

Menció, A.; Vilanova, E.; Mas-Pla, J.

2003-04-01

245

Soil and Water Assessment Tool Theoretical Documentation Version 2009  

E-print Network

: OPTIMAL GROWTH 316 5:2.1 POTENTIAL GROWTH 317 BIOMASS PRODUCTION 317 CANOPY COVER AND HEIGHT 321 ROOT DEVELOPMENT 324 MATURITY 325 5:2.2 WATER UPTAKE BY PLANTS 326 IMPACT OF LOW SOIL WATER CONTENT 328... OF BACTERIA BIOMASS 396 FIELD CAPACITY 397 CLOGGING EFFECT ON HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY 398 SOIL MOISTURE AND PERCOLATION 398 NITROGEN, BOD, FECAL COLIFORM 399 PHOSPHORUS REMOVAL 400 MODEL ASSUMPTIONS 401 6...

Neitsch, S.L.; Arnold, J.G.; Kiniry, J.R.; Williams, J.R.

246

Percolation of Water Through Pullman Soils: Texas High Plains.  

E-print Network

B-1110 July 1971 ~ercolation of Water Through Pullman Soils Texas High Plains ,- 'b ' L. Texas A&M University The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station H. 0. Kunkel, Acting Director, College Station, Texas Percolation of Water Through... Pullman Soils Texas High Plains I I Summary Nine locations including both irrigated and nonirrigated lands were explored for moisture penetration beneath the Pullman clay loam. It was concluded that, except for those irrigated areas with an extended...

Aronovici, V. S.

1971-01-01

247

Soil Management Plan For The Potable Water System Upgrades Project  

SciTech Connect

This plan describes and applies to the handling and management of soils excavated in support of the Y-12 Potable Water Systems Upgrades (PWSU) Project. The plan is specific to the PWSU Project and is intended as a working document that provides guidance consistent with the 'Soil Management Plan for the Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex' (Y/SUB/92-28B99923C-Y05) and the 'Record of Decision for Phase II Interim Remedial Actions for Contaminated Soils and Scrapyard in Upper East Fork Popular Creek, Oak Ridge, Tennessee' (DOE/OR/01-2229&D2). The purpose of this plan is to prevent and/or limit the spread of contamination when moving soil within the Y-12 complex. The major feature of the soil management plan is the decision tree. The intent of the decision tree is to provide step-by-step guidance for the handling and management of soil from excavation of soil through final disposition. The decision tree provides a framework of decisions and actions to facilitate Y-12 or subcontractor decisions on the reuse of excavated soil on site and whether excavated soil can be reused on site or managed as waste. Soil characterization results from soil sampling in support of the project are also presented.

Field, S. M.

2007-04-01

248

Simulation of the soil water balance of an undeveloped prairie in west-central Florida  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A one-dimensional numerical model was developed to simulate the soil water balance of a densely vegetated prairie site in west-central Florida. Transient simulations of the soil water balance were performed using field-measured soil and vegetation properties. Simulated and measured soil water content generally agreed to within 0.04; however, simulated water storage and recharge were sensitive to air-entry soil-water pressure potential and depth to the water table.

Bidlake, W.R.; Boetcher, P.F.

1996-01-01

249

Soil water repellency characteristic curves for soil profiles with natural organic carbon gradients  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil water repellency (SWR) is a phenomenon that influences many soil hydrologic processes such as reduction of infiltration, increase in overland flow, and enhanced preferential flow. SWR has been observed in various soil types and textures, and the degree of SWR is greatly controlled by soil moisture content and levels of organic matter and clay. One of the key topics in SWR research is how to describe accurately the seasonal and temporal variation of SWR with the controlling factors such as soil moisture, organic matter, and clay contents for soil profiles with natural organic carbon gradients. In the present study, we summarize measured SWR data for soil profiles under different land uses and vegetation in Japan and New Zealand, and compared these with literature data. We introduce the contact angle-based evaluation of SWR and predictive models for soil water repellency characteristic curves, in which the contact angle is a function of the moisture content. We also discuss a number of novel concepts, including i) the reduction in the contact angle with soil-water contact time to describe the time dependence of SWR, ii) the relationship between the contact angles from the measured scanning curves under controlled wetting and drying cycles, and iii) the initial contact angles measured by the sessile drop method.

Kawamoto, Ken; Müller, Karin; Moldrup, Per; de Jonge, Lis; Clothier, Brent; Hiradate, Syuntaro; Komatsu, Toshiko

2014-05-01

250

Water Infiltration and Permeability of Selected Urban Soils as Affected by Salinity and Sodicity  

E-print Network

Soil sodicity is known to affect soil structural stability and permeability. However, the impact differs depending on salinity of irrigation water, soil types as well as irrigation management practices. This study examined water infiltration...

Miyamoto, S.

2012-10-05

251

Soil Moisture and Vegetation Water Content Retrieval Using QuikSCAT data  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Future water resources are a critical societal impact of climate change and hydrological cycles. Current climate models uncertainties result in disagreement on whether there will be more or less water. On a global scale, there are important gaps in knowledge of where water is stored, where it is going, and how fast it is moving. Soil moisture and vegetation water content are key environmental variables on evaporation and transpiration at the land-atmosphere boundary. Radar remote sensing helps to improve our estimate of water resources globally and temporally. SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) and SWOT (Surface Water Ocean Topography) are the two future NASA missions to monitor water resources and their variation spatially and temporally. Li et al. (Li. Et al. 2010) developed a physically based six-channel algorithm, which uses dual-polarization Windsat passive microwave data to retrieve soil moisture and vegetation water content. We use the retrieved soil moisture and vegetation water content using Windsat descending pass (around 6AM), and also simultaneous collocated QuikSCAT dual-polarization backscattered power to estimate different parameters of the land. The backscattered power can be written as ?pi = fbare ?grp(smi,m) + (1-fbare){ Ap ( 1-exp(-Bp Wi) ) + Cp Wi? exp(-Bp Wi) } where ?pi is the ith QuikSCAT backscatter power with polarization p, fbare is the bare surface fraction, m is soil rms. slope, ?grp is the ground backscattered power with polarization p, and smi and Wi are the retrieved soil moisture and vegetation water content using Windsat data. Ap, Cp, and Bp are the backscattering contributions from vegetation volume, canopy ground interaction, and attenuation of the canopy with polarization p, respectively. We assume all parameters remain constant for each month of different years compared to soil moisture and vegetation water content. Therefore for each point, we have 10 unknowns for HH and VV polarizations. We collect all observations of simultaneous QuikSCAT and retrieved smi and Wi for each location during the summer season and retrieve all those 10 parameters. We show how the retrieved global bare surface fraction compares well with the existing maps. These parameters are then used to estimate the soil moisture and vegetation water content for summer days of a different year using QuikSCAT backscattered power and formula above. Although QuikSCAT satellite is designed to capture sea-winds, it also collects data over land globally almost every day. Therefore, we can generate a global map of soil moisture and vegetation water content daily. We compare the retrieved values with Li et al.'s retrieval values.

Oveisgharan, S.; Haddad, Z. S.; Turk, J.; Li, L.; Rodriguez, E.

2013-05-01

252

Water and Soil Conservation Experiments at Spur, Texas.  

E-print Network

. Influence of Crops on Run-off and Erosion Vegetative cover and residue have long been recognized for their value in lessening the damage from run-off and erosion. Plant materials, either living or dead, tend to prevent the soil from being churned into a... waterproof cover until downward movement of water in the soil had ceased, and then taking soil samples' for moisture determinations. The approximate wilting point was found by determining the amount of moisture in the soil after crops had wilted following...

Langley, B. C. (Bryon Caldwell); Dickson, R. E.; Fisher, Charles E. (Charles Emil)

1940-01-01

253

Interaction of water with epoxy.  

SciTech Connect

The chemistries of reactants, plasticizers, solvents and additives in an epoxy paint are discussed. Polyamide additives may play an important role in the absorption of molecular iodine by epoxy paints. It is recommended that the unsaturation of the polyamide additive in the epoxy cure be determined. Experimental studies of water absorption by epoxy resins are discussed. These studies show that absorption can disrupt hydrogen bonds among segments of the polymers and cause swelling of the polymer. The water absorption increases the diffusion coefficient of water within the polymer. Permanent damage to the polymer can result if water causes hydrolysis of ether linkages. Water desorption studies are recommended to ascertain how water absorption affects epoxy paint.

Powers, Dana Auburn

2009-07-01

254

SCALING INFILTRATION AND OTHER SOIL WATER PROCESSES ACROSS DIVERSE SOIL TEXTURAL CLASSES  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Our studies showed that the pore-size distribution index (lambda) can scale Brooks-Corey (B-C) formulation of the soil-water retention curves below the air-entry pressure head across dissimilar (Sandy to clayey) soils, and other key B-C hydraulic parameters ( Ksat, air-entry pressure head, and depen...

255

MULTIMODEL ENSEMBLE PREDICTION OF SOIL HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES TO SIMULATE FIELD-SCALE SOIL WATER FLOW  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Using pedotransfer functions (PTF) to estimate soil hydraulic properties may be necessary in soil water flow simulations for large-scale projects or in a pilot studies. The accuracy of a PTF outside of its development dataset is unknown. Existence of several models that are developed and tested in o...

256

Influence of rocks on soil temperature, soil water potential, and rooting patterns for desert succulents  

Microsoft Academic Search

At a site in the Sonoran Desert, subterranean rocks and exposed boulders affected soil water potential as well as root morphology and distribution. For Agave deserti, the number of lateral roots per unit length of main root was 11 times higher under rocks and six times higher alongside rocks than in rock-free regions. Total root length per unit soil volume

Park S. Nobel; Patsy M. Miller; Eric A. Graham

1992-01-01

257

Water dynamics and interactions in water-polyether binary mixtures.  

PubMed

Poly(ethylene) oxide (PEO) is a technologically important polymer with a wide range of applications including ion-exchange membranes, protein crystallization, and medical devices. PEO's versatility arises from its special interactions with water. Water molecules may form hydrogen-bond bridges between the ether oxygens of the backbone. While steady-state measurements and theoretical studies of PEO's interactions with water abound, experiments measuring dynamic observables are quite sparse. A major question is the nature of the interactions of water with the ether oxygens as opposed to the highly hydrophilic PEO terminal hydroxyls. Here, we examine a wide range of mixtures of water and tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether (TEGDE), a methyl-terminated derivative of PEO with 4 repeat units (5 ether oxygens), using ultrafast infrared polarization selective pump-probe measurements on water's hydroxyl stretching mode to determine vibrational relaxation and orientational relaxation dynamics. The experiments focus on the dynamical interactions of water with the ether backbone because TEGDE does not have the PEO terminal hydroxyls. The experiments observe two distinct subensembles of water molecules: those that are hydrogen bonded to other waters and those that are associated with TEGDE molecules. The water orientational relaxation has a fast component of a few picoseconds (water-like) followed by much slower decay of approximately 20 ps (TEGDE associated). The two decay times vary only mildly with the water concentration. The two subensembles are evident even in very low water content samples, indicating pooling of water molecules. Structural change as water content is lowered through either conformational changes in the backbone or increasing hydrophobic interactions is discussed. PMID:19323522

Fenn, Emily E; Moilanen, David E; Levinger, Nancy E; Fayer, Michael D

2009-04-22

258

Presence and distribution of wastewater-derived pharmaceuticals in soil irrigated with reclaimed water  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Three sites in the Front Range of Colorado, USA, were monitored from May through September 2003 to assess the presence and distribution of pharmaceuticals in soil irrigated with reclaimed water derived from urban wastewater. Soil cores were collected monthly, and 19 pharmaceuticals, all of which were detected during the present study, were measured in 5-cm increments of the 30-cm cores. Samples of reclaimed water were analyzed three times during the study to assess the input of pharmaceuticals. Samples collected before the onset of irrigation in 2003 contained numerous pharmaceuticals, likely resulting from the previous year's irrigation. Several of the selected pharmaceuticals increased in total soil concentration at one or more of the sites. The four most commonly detected pharmaceuticals were erythromycin, carbamazepine, fluoxetine, and diphenhydramine. Typical concentrations of the individual pharmaceuticals observed were low (0.02-15 ??g/kg dry soil). The existence of subsurface maximum concentrations and detectable concentrations at the lowest sampled soil depth might indicate interactions of soil components with pharmaceuticals during leaching through the vadose zone. Nevertheless, the present study demonstrates that reclaimed-water irrigation results in soil pharmaceutical concentrations that vary through the irrigation season and that some compounds persist for months after irrigation. ?? 2006 SETAC.

Kinney, C.A.; Furlong, E.T.; Werner, S.L.; Cahill, J.D.

2006-01-01

259

Soil water depletion by oak trees and the influence of root water uptake on the moisture content spatial statistics  

E-print Network

and soil water redistribution. One of the main findings in this study is that root water uptake is centralSoil water depletion by oak trees and the influence of root water uptake on the moisture content. The space-time statistical structure of soil water uptake by oak trees was investigated in a 3.1-m

Katul, Gabriel

260

[Effects of water supply and 3-methylphenol on soil microbial diversity and enzyme activity in wheat field intercropped with horse bean].  

PubMed

With pot experiment, this paper studied the effects of water supply levels (45%, 60% and 75% of soil water hold capacity) and allelochemical 3-methylphenol (300 x 10(-6) mol x kg(-1) soil) on the soil microbial diversity and enzyme activity in mono-cropped and horse bean-intercropped wheat fields during vigorous growth period. The results showed that with the decrease of water supply, the numbers of soil bacteria, fungi and actinomytes in the two fields decreased significantly, and 3-methylphenol enlarged this negative effect. 3-methylphonel had a negative effect on soil microbial diversity, but the increase of water supply could weaken this effect in intercropped field. The strongest allelopathic effect of 3-methylphenol was observed in mono-cropped field when the water supply was 75% of soil water hold capacity, while intercropping could maintain a relatively stable soil microbial diversity, compared to the mono-cropping with 3-methylphenol and low water supply. The allelopathic effect of 3-methylphenol was not significant on soil catalase activity, but significant on soil urease and phosphatase activities. Water supply level affected soil enzyme activity significantly, the lower the water supply level, the weaker the soil enzyme activity was. The interactions of water supply with 3-methyl phenol or cropping pattern were not significant, but intercropping could significantly affect the activities of soil catalase and phosphatase. PMID:17147169

Chai, Qiang; Huang, Gaobao; Huang, Peng

2006-09-01

261

Cooperative water-SOM interactions derived from the organic compound effect on SOM hydration  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Interactions of water molecules with soil organic matter (SOM) may affect the ability of SOM to participate in multiple physical, chemical and biological processes. Specifically, water-SOM interactions may have a profound effect on interactions of organic compounds with SOM which is often considered as a major natural sorbent controlling the environmental fate of organic pollutants in the soil environment. Quantification of water - SOM interactions may be carried out by using water vapor sorption isotherms. However, water sorption isotherms providing macroscopic thermodynamic data do not allow examining water-SOM interactions on a microenvironment scale. The examination of water-SOM interactions in a local SOM environment may be carried out by determining the response of the SOM hydration to sorption of probe organic compounds. Recently, the model-free approach was proposed which allows quantifying effects of sorbing organic molecules on water - SOM interactions, by using relatively more available data on the effect of water activity on organic compound - SOM interactions. Therefore, this thermodynamic approach was applied to the experimental data describing sorption of organic compounds by SOM, both from the vapor and liquid phases, at various water activities. Hence, the response of water interactions with the model SOM materials such as a humic acid and an organic matter-rich peat soil to the presence of various organic sorbates was evaluated. Depending on a molecular structure of organic sorbates probing various molecular environments in SOM, the SOM-bound water may be driven in or out of the SOM sorbents. Organic compounds containing the atoms of oxygen, nitrogen or sulfur and preferring a relatively "polar" SOM microenvironment demonstrate the distinct enhancing effect on water-SOM interactions. In contrast, the "low-polarity" organic compounds, e.g., hydrocarbons or their halogen-substituted derivatives, produce a weakening effect on water-SOM interactions. Importantly, the changes in water-SOM interactions induced by the presence of organic compounds may demonstrate the cooperative behavior: (1) several water molecules may be involved in an enhanced hydration of SOM, (2) at the presence of an organic sorbate, interactions of water molecules with SOM enhance the uptake of the following water molecules. The proposed cooperative water-SOM interactions may result from a perturbation of the SOM matrix due to a sorption of organic and water molecules where a partial disrupting of molecular contacts in SOM makes easier the following SOM-water interactions thus promoting the enhanced SOM hydration.

Borisover, Mikhail

2014-05-01

262

Fire and grazing effects on wind erosion, soil water content, and soil temperature.  

PubMed

Selective grazing of burned patches can be intense if animal distribution is not controlled and may compound the independent effects of fire and grazing on soil characteristics. Our objectives were to quantify the effects of patch burning and grazing on wind erosion, soil water content, and soil temperature in sand sagebrush (Artemisia filifolia Torr.) mixed prairie. We selected 24, 4-ha plots near Woodward, OK. Four plots were burned during autumn (mid-November) and four during spring (mid-April), and four served as nonburned controls for each of two years. Cattle were given unrestricted access (April-September) to burned patches (<2% of pastures) and utilization was about 78%. Wind erosion, soil water content, and soil temperature were measured monthly. Wind erosion varied by burn, year, and sampling height. Wind erosion was about 2 to 48 times greater on autumn-burned plots than nonburned plots during the dormant period (December-April). Growing-season (April-August) erosion was greatest during spring. Erosion of spring-burned sites was double that of nonburned sites both years. Growing-season erosion from autumn-burned sites was similar to nonburned sites except for one year with a dry April-May. Soil water content was unaffected by patch burn treatments. Soils of burned plots were 1 to 3 degrees C warmer than those of nonburned plots, based on mid-day measurements. Lower water holding and deep percolation capacity of sandy soils probably moderated effects on soil water content and soil temperature. Despite poor growing conditions following fire and heavy selective grazing of burned patches, no blowouts or drifts were observed. PMID:16091608

Vermeire, Lance T; Wester, David B; Mitchell, Robert B; Fuhlendorf, Samuel D

2005-01-01

263

Water repellency in highly managed soils and turfgrass - How our understanding has changed in the past 20 years.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Over the past 20 years, a major shift has occurred in how turfgrass managers deal with soil water repellency. Initially, water management strategies focused solely on remediating localized dry spots, the visible effects of hydrophobic soils. Nearly a decade ago at this conference, a group of turfgrass scientists participated in this session on soil water repellency interacting with a broad group of soil physicists setting in motion research, collaborations and discoveries that have resulted in not only a better understanding of the implications of this phenomenon on soil hydraulic properties and plant productivity, but also, development of new strategies, particularly surfactants, to improve water capture, reduce preferential flow, increase irrigation and water use efficiency, improve performance of soil directed pesticides, reduce leaching of nitrogen, increase mineralization of organically bound nitrogen, and enhance plant tolerance to abiotic stress. It also resulted in research utilizing soil moisture measurement tools, specifically, TDR and capacitance probes, which were introduced to and accepted by soil and crop scientists working in amenity turfgrass. Within the past five years, these technologies and strategies for their effective utilization have transitioned from the research community to become accepted by turfgrass managers globally. It is the objective of this presentation to illustrate key discoveries, implications to improved water and resource utilization, and the resulting acceptance of them as new, more sustainable soil management practices.

Kostka, Stan; McMillan, Mica; Oostindie, Klaas; Dekker, Louis; Cisar, John; Leinauer, Bernd; Fidanza, Michael; Bigelow, Cale; Ritsema, Coen

2014-05-01

264

Responses of soil respiration to elevated CO2, air warming, and changing soil water availability in an old-field grassland  

SciTech Connect

Responses of soil respiration to atmospheric and climatic change will have profound impacts on ecosystem and global C cycling in the future. This study was conducted to examine effects on soil respiration of the concurrent driving factors of elevated atmospheric CO2 concentration, rising temperature, and changing precipitation in a constructed old-field grassland in eastern Tennessee, USA. Model ecosystems of seven old-field species in 12 open-top chambers (4 m in diameter) were treated with two CO2 (ambient and ambient plus 300 ppm) and two temperature (ambient and ambient plus 3 C) levels. Two split plots with each chamber were assigned with high and low soil moisture levels. During the 19-month experimental period from June 2003 to December 2004, higher CO2 concentration and soil water availability significantly increased mean soil respiration by 35.8% and 15.7%, respectively. The effects of air warming on soil respiration varied seasonally from small reductions to significant increases to no response, and there was no significant main effect. In the wet side of elevated CO2 chambers, air warming consistently caused increases in soil respiration, whereas in other three combinations of CO2 and water treatments, warming tended to decrease soil respiration over the growing season but increase it over the winter. There were no interactive effects on soil respiration among any two or three treatment factors irrespective of testing time period. Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration was reduced by air warming, lower in the wet than the dry side, and not affected by CO2 treatment. Variations of soil respiration responses with soil temperature and soil moisture ranges could be primarily attributable to the seasonal dynamics of plant growth and its responses to the three treatments. Using a conceptual model to interpret the significant relationships of treatment-induced changes in soil respiration with changes in soil temperature and moisture observed in this study, we conclude that elevated CO2, air warming, and changing soil water availability had both direct and indirect effects on soil respiration via changes in the three controlling factors: soil temperature, soil moisture, and C substrate. Our results demonstrate that the response of soil respiration to climatic warming should not be represented in models as a simple temperature response function. A more mechanistic understanding of the direct and indirect impacts of concurrent global change drivers on soil respiration is needed to facilitate the interpretation and projection of ecosystem and global C cycling in response to atmospheric and climate change.

Wan, Shiqiang [Chinese Academy of Sciences; Norby, Richard J [ORNL; Childs, Joanne [ORNL; Weltzin, Jake [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)

2007-01-01

265

Soil water retention curve of agrogray soils: Influence of anisotropy and the scaling factor  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The soil water characteristic or soil water retention curve (WRC) of medium-loamy gray forest soil horizons was studied in cylinder-shaped samples of disturbed and undisturbed structure. The sample height varied within 2-4 cm and the diameter within 4.5-10 cm. The soil monoliths were sampled in three profiles: vertically, along the slope, and across the slope in accordance with the intrasoil paleorelief formed by the funnel-shaped surface of the second humus horizon. The experimental WRC were approximated with the van Genuchten equation. The statistical analysis of the WRc approximation parameters proved to differ significantly in filled soil samples and monoliths, and a number of parameters differ for samples of the maximal height and diameter. The reliable differences of the parameters were also noted for the different sampling directions, most often, for those across the paleorelief slope. The noted variation in the WRC approximation parameters may substantially influence the predictive estimation of the spring water reserve for example. This fact suggests the necessity to strictly indicate the sampling procedure, in particular, with respect to the soil profile, the asymmetry in the soil properties, and the sample sizes (scaling factor) used for analyzing the hydrological properties of structured soils.

Umarova, A. B.; Shein, E. V.; Kukharuk, N. S.

2014-12-01

266

The impact of the soil surface properties in water erosion seen through LandSoil model sensitivity analysis  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantitative models of soil redistribution at the landscape scale are the current tools for understanding space-time processes in soil and landscape evolution. But models use larger and larger numbers of variables and sometimes it becomes difficult to understand their relative importance and model behaviours in critical conditions. Sensitivity analysis (SA) is widely used to clarify models behaviours, their structure giving fundamental information to ameliorate models their selves. We tested the LandSoil model (LANDscape design for SOIL conservation under soil use and climate change) a model designed for the analysis of agricultural landscape evolution at a fine spatial resolution scale [1-10 meters] and a mid-term temporal scale [10-100 years]. LandSoil is suitable for simulations from parcel to catchment scale. It is spatially distributed, event-based, and considers water and tillage erosion processes that use a dynamic representation of the agricultural landscape through parameters such as a monthly representation of soil surface properties. Our aim was to identify most significant parameters driving the model and to highlight potential particular/singular behaviours of parameter combinations and relationships. The approach was to use local sensitivity analysis, also termed 'one-factor-at-time' (OAT) which consists of a deterministic, derivative method, inquiring the local response O to a particular input factor Pi at a specified point P0 within the full input parameter space of the model expressed as: ?O/?P = (O2-O1) / (P2-P1) The local sensitivity represents the partial derivatives of O with respect to Pi at the point P0. In the SA procedure the topographical entity is represented by a virtual hillslope on which soil loss and sensitivity are calculated. Virtual hillslope is inspired from the virtual catchment framework proposed by Cheviron at al. (2011): a fixed topology consisting of a 3X3 square pixel structure having 150 m length allowing to test different spatial configurations of the properties within the hillslope. To test the model we identified different parameters. A three-category (P,R,p) sensitivity analysis procedure was therefore found possible and appropriate to control the effects of hydrological factors (P,R) and soil-terrain parameters (p). All the analysis were done with the use of the integration of the ArcGis software structure, on which the LandSoil model is based, and the PEST model (Doherty, 2004). PESTR is an iterative, non-linear parameter analysis software platform based on the Gauss-Marquardt-Levenberg algorithm (Marquardt, 1963). The results show the relevance of the rainfall amount in simulation and some interesting interactions between parameters such soil roughness - soil crusting and soil cover.

Ciampalini, Rossano; Follain, Stéphane; Cheviron, Bruno; Le Bissonnais, Yves; Couturier, Alain; Walter, Christian

2014-05-01

267

Evaluation of FEMA-440 for including soil-structure interaction  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Replacing the entire soil-structure system with a fixed base oscillator to consider the effect of soil-structure interaction (SSI) is a common analysis method in seismic design. This technique has been included in design procedures such as NEHRP, ASCE, etc. by defining an equivalent fundamental period and damping ratio that can modify the response of the structure. However, recent studies indicate that the effects of SSI should be reconsidered when a structure undergoes a nonlinear displacement demand. In recent documents on Nonlinear Static Procedures (NSPs), FEMA-440 (2005), a modified damping ratio of the replacement oscillator was proposed by introducing the ductility of the soil-structure system obtained from pushover analysis. In this paper, the damping defined in FEMA-440 to include the soil-structure interaction effect is evaluated, and the accuracy of the Coefficient Method given in FEMA-440 and the Equivalent Linearization Method is studied. Although the improvements for Nonlinear Static Procedures (NSPs) in FEMA-440 are achieved for a fixed base SDOF structure, the soil effects are not perfectly obtained. Furthermore, the damping definition of a soil-structure system is extended to structures to consider bilinear behavior.

Khoshnoudian, F.; Behmanesh, I.

2010-09-01

268

Mechanical impedance of soil crusts and water content in loamy soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil crust development affects soil water dynamics and soil aeration. Soil crusts act as mechanical barriers to fluid flow and, as their mechanical impedance increases with drying, they also become obstacles to seedling emergence. As a consequence, the emergence of seedling cohorts (sensitive seeds) might be reduced. However, this may be of interest to be used as an effective system of weed control. Soil crusting is determined by several factors: soil texture, rain intensity, sedimentation processes, etc. There are different ways to characterize the crusts. One of them is to measure their mechanical impedance (MI), which is linked to their moisture level. In this study, we measured the evolution of the mechanical impedance of crusts formed by three loamy soil types (clay loam, loam and sandy clay loam, USDA) with different soil water contents. The aim of this communication was to establish a mathematical relationship between the crust water content and its MI. A saturated soil paste was prepared and placed in PVC cylinders (50 mm diameter and 10 mm height) arranged on a plastic tray. Previously the plastic tray was sprayed with a hydrophobic liquid to prevent the adherence of samples. The samples on the plastic tray were left to air-dry under laboratory conditions until their IM was measured. To measure IM, a food texture analyzer was used. The equipment incorporates a mobile arm, a load cell to apply force and a probe. The arm moves down vertically at a constant rate and the cylindrical steel probe (4 mm diameter) penetrates the soil sample vertically at a constant rate. The equipment is provided with software to store data (time, vertical distance and force values) at a rate of up to 500 points per second. Water content in crust soil samples was determined as the loss of weight after oven-drying (105°C). From the results, an exponential regression between MI and the water content was obtained (determination coefficient very close to 1). This methodology allows the prediction of the potential mechanical behaviour of soil crusts generated during soil drying, from initial saturated soil conditions (e.g. waterlogging conditions).

Josa March, Ramon; Verdú, Antoni M. C.; Mas, Maria Teresa

2013-04-01

269

Development and Testing of a Multi-layer Soil-roller Interaction Model  

E-print Network

This dissertation focuses on the development of a mechanics based soil-roller interaction model intended to determine the degree of compaction of the top soil layer. The model was calibrated with, and compared to, soils data obtained from field...

Rich, Daniel 1969-

2010-10-06

270

Improving Estimates of Root-zone Soil Water Content Using Soil Hydrologic Properties and Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Newly defined relationships between remotely sensed soil moisture and soil hydraulic parameters were used to develop fine-scale (100 m) maps of root-zone soil moisture (RZSM) content at the regional scale on a daily time-step. There are several key outcomes from our research: (1) the first multi-layer regional dataset of soil hydraulic parameters developed from gSSURGO data for hydrologic modeling efforts in the Chequemegon Ecosystem Atmospheric Study (ChEAS) region, (2) the operation and calibration of a new model for estimating soil moisture flow through the root-zone at eddy covariance towers across the U.S. using remotely sensed active and passive soil moisture products, and (3) region-wide maps of estimated root-zone soil moisture content. The project links soil geophysical analytical approaches (pedotransfer functions) to new applications in remote sensing of soil moisture that detect surface moisture (~5 cm depth). We answer two key questions in soil moisture observation and prediction: (1) How do soil hydrologic properties of U.S. soil types quantitatively relate to surface-to-subsurface water loss? And (2) Does incorporation of fine-scale soil hydrologic parameters with remotely sensed soil moisture data provide improved hindcasts of in situ RZSM content? The project meets several critical research needs in estimation of soil moisture from remote sensing. First, soil moisture is known to vary spatially with soil texture and soil hydraulic properties that do not align well with the spatial resolution of current remote sensing products of soil moisture (~ 50 km2). To address this, we leveraged new advances in gridded soil parameter information (gSSURGO) together with existing remotely sensed estimates of surface soil moisture into a newly emerging semi-empirical modeling approach called SMAR (Soil Moisture Analytical Relationship). The SMAR model was calibrated and cross-validated using existing soil moisture data from a portion of AMERIFLUX tower sites and the NRCS Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN). Our preliminary results show good performance of the SMAR model for predicting RZSM at the site level (root mean square error = 0.04). Second, a calibrated SMAR parameter governing the surface to subsurface rate of water flow was related to soil hydraulic properties at the AMERIFLUX tower sites, and region-wide maps of SMAR parameters were developed for the ChEAS region using gSSURGO information. Finally, region-wide maps of RZSM were developed and validated for the ChEAS region. The RZSM products can be directly incorporated with regional CO2 flux modeling, and the results inform - but are not dependent on - efforts that integrate observed soil moisture data with planned NASA missions (e.g., SMAP).

Baldwin, D. C.; Miller, D. A.; Singha, K.; Davis, K. J.; Smithwick, E. A.

2013-12-01

271

Contributions of groundwater conditions to soil and water salinization  

Microsoft Academic Search

Salinization is the process whereby the concentration of dissolved salts in water and soil is increased due to natural or human-induced processes. Water is lost through one or any combination of four main mechanisms: evaporation, evapotranspiration, hydrolysis, and leakage between aquifers. Salinity increases from catchment divides to the valley floors and in the direction of groundwater flow. Salinization is explained

Ramsis B. Salama; Claus J. Otto; Robert W. Fitzpatrick

1999-01-01

272

NEWLY DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGIES FOR SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Recent discoveries and technological innovations in the field of soil and water conservation can be traced to the works of our predecessors. In this paper, conservation is defined broadly, to include the quality of water lower in watersheds, and is discussed according to contaminants. Within-field s...

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Water Infiltration Rates On Varying Soil Types From Phytase  

Microsoft Academic Search

The infiltration and runoff of phosphorus (P) from agricultural land t o ground and surface waters has contributed to an accelerated eutrophication of receiving waters. This nonpoint source of transported P is often the result of surface soils containing high P concentrations or direct consequence of land-applied animal manure. Application of the phytase enzy me to swine feed is considered

R. Munguia Jr; S. D. Nelson

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Earthworms, water infiltration and soil stability: Some new assessments  

Microsoft Academic Search

Water infiltration (by limiting surface water run-off) and stable crumb formation (by increasing top infiltration and decreasing slaking) are two key soil factors greatly affected by earthworms. Because of the great number of environmental variables controlling (1) earthworm populations; (2) their physical rôle behaviour; (3) their feeding behaviour inducing faeces composition; and (4) the microbial activity stabilizing faeces to crumbs,

Marcel B. Bouché; Fathel Al-Addan

1997-01-01

275

Water Intake by Soil, Experiments for High School Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Presented are a variety of surface run-off experiments for high school students. The experiments are analogies to basic concepts about water intake, as related to water delivery, soil properties and management, floods, and conservation measures. The materials needed to perform the experiments are easily obtainable. The experiments are followed by…

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Earthworm effects on movement of water and solutes in soil  

SciTech Connect

The objectives of this study were to determine and model the effects of earthworms on water and solute movement in soil. Microrelief and rainfall effects on water and solute movement were determined in packed buckets inoculated with earthworms (Aporrectodea tuberculata). A solution of Br[sup [minus

Trojan, M.D.

1993-01-01

277

Validation of a soil-plant- atmosphere mode! for soybeans and an approach to inferring root- zone soil water potential from the canopy temperature  

Microsoft Academic Search

A soil-plant-atmosphere model for soybeans is used to simulate leaf water potential, stomatal resist­ ance and canopy temperature at various soil water potentials. For soil water potentials near field capacity the simulation gives a \\

BHASKAR J

278

Soil-Earthquake Interactions in Buyukada/ Prinkipo (Istanbul)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As the largest one of the nine islands comprising the Princes' Islands in the Marmara Sea, close to Istanbul, Buyukada ("Large Isle") consist of with an area of 5.46 km2. The main factor controlling the earthquake hazard for Istanbul is a complex fault system, i.e. the North Anatolian Fault zone, which in the Marmara Sea region. Recent geophysical studies have carried out that this hazard is mainly associated within two active seismogenic areas: the Central Marmara Basin and the Adalar Fault zone, located about 15-30 km south-west and south of Istanbul. Eartquake ground motion affects the structures via the state of the soils. There are several historical buildings on Büyükada, such as the Ayia Yorgi Church and Monastery dating back to the sixth century, the Ayios Dimitrios Church, and the Hamidiye Mosque built by Abdul Hamid II and Greek Orphanage, a huge wooden building etc. The soils and buildings with characteristics of earthquakes could be caused an earthquake damage / loss. One of the most important factors in reducing the earthquake risk in urban areas due to the earthquake ground motion is to estimate gound motion level with interaction of soils. When we look at the geological structure of Buyukada, Paleozoic unites and alluvial deposit are located. Site response of alluvial deposits in Buyukada is also important for the behavior during an earthquake. Geophysical study in the study area in order to estimate the behavior of soils is carried out to obtain the dominant period (microtremor measurements) and shear wave velocity ( MASW - MAM measurements) data. Soil geophysical results is input to earthquake motion for bedrock sites, and is important to the interaction with the ground movement and the soils to estimate Büyükaada's earthquake ground motion. In the earthquake-soil interaction, spectral acceleration is an important criterion. In this study, spectral acceleration are also estiamted for ground motion level in Princes' Islands by using several approaches.

Ozcep, Ferhat; Karabulut, Savas; Caglak, Faruk; Ozel, Oguz

2014-05-01

279

Characteristics of soil moisture in permafrost observed in East Siberian taiga with stable isotopes of water  

Microsoft Academic Search

Soil moisture and its isotopic composition were observed at Spasskaya Pad experimental forest near Yakutsk, Russia, during summer in 1998, 1999, and 2000. The amount of soil water (plus ice) was estimated from volumetric soil water content obtained with time domain reflectometry. Soil moisture and its 18O showed large interannual variation depending on the amount of summer rainfall. The soil

A. Sugimoto; D. Naito; N. Yanagisawa; K. Ichiyanagi; N. Kurita; J. Kubota; T. Kotake; T. Ohata; T. C. Maximov; A. N. Fedorov

2003-01-01

280

Experimental study on strength and water-stable behavior of unsaturated residual soils  

Microsoft Academic Search

Unsaturated granite residual soils are widely used as compacted soils in engineering structures such as slopes, embankments and backfills. Shear strength of soil are important in many geotechnical problems. A series of unconfined compression tests are carried out on unsaturated residual soils. Furthermore, since the residual soils are impaired in contact with water and have poor water-stable properties, slaking test

Dongxia Chen; Yan Yang; Kai Yang; Kaigui Kang

2011-01-01

281

Interactions Among Grassland Plant Species, Microbial Communities, and Soil Processes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Plant-microbial interactions are thought to be an important determinant of ecosystem processes, yet we do not know whether impacts of plant species on soil microbial community composition translate to impacts on function. We established field plots in a California annual grassland of five plant monocultures for two years to determine the effects of different plant species on the composition of

V. Eviner; M. Waldrop; E. Schwartz; J. Pett-Ridge; M. Firestone

2002-01-01

282

Micromechanical Analysis of Geosynthetic-Soil Interaction Under Cyclic Loading  

E-print Network

Micromechanical Analysis of Geosynthetic-Soil Interaction under Cyclic Loading By Anil Bhandari B.E., Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2003 M.E., Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2006 Submitted to graduate degree program... ____________________ Committee members Dr. Anil Misra ____________________ Dr. Robert L. Parsons ____________________ Dr. Steven D. Schrock ____________________ Dr. W. Lynn Watney Date defended: ________ i The Dissertation Committee for Anil Bhandari certifies...

Bhandari, Anil

2010-05-28

283

Coupling approaches for groundwater-soil-atmosphere interaction in a pre-Alpine environment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The interaction between groundwater and soil-moisture and its implications for the exchange of water and energy with the atmosphere has recently gained increasing attention, especially when groundwater levels are shallow. Most of the current land-surface-models (LSMs) like the Noah-LSM of the WRF-ARW model neglect processes of interaction among groundwater, soil-moisture and atmosphere. Therefore, the complex, nonlinear exchange processes and the feedback between these compartments cannot be sufficiently captured. Historically, hydrological and atmospheric (including LSM) models were developed by separate research communities. Their unification should enable the analysis of complex cross-compartment interaction among groundwater, soil-moisture, and atmosphere, capturing also the lateral water transport within the saturated zone. However, it is of crucial importance how the interface between saturated zone (groundwater model) and the soil layers of the LSM is specified. We present a comparison of different approaches for a two-way coupled representation of the water transport between saturated zone and soil moisture in a groundwater/Noah-LSM type modeling system that enhances the NCAR Distributed Hydrological Modeling System (NDHMS). The applied approaches range from straightforward methods (e.g. assuming a linear gradient in the deep unsaturated zone) to more sophisticated ones assuming quasi-equilibrium conditions (modified Zeng and Decker, 2008) or the Darcy equation-based flux parameterization of Bogaart et al. (2008). The sensitivity and impact of the different coupling approaches is tested and evaluated in a single-column study using extensive observations from the TERENO pre-Alpine observatory (http://tereno.net). Furthermore, the sensitivity of the coupling is examined in a 2D application of the NDHMS model for the Ammer/Rott catchment in Southern Germany. Bogaart P., Teuling A., Troch P. (2008): A state-dependent parametrization of saturated-unsaturated zone interaction. WRR, 44, W11423. doi: 10.1029/2007WR006487 De Rooij, G. (2010): Comments on "Improving the Numerical Simulation of Soil Moisture-Based Richards Equation for Land Models with a Deep or Shallow Water Table'' Journal of Hydrometeorology, 11, 1044-1050 Zeng, X. & Decker, M. (2009): Improving the numerical solution of soil moisture-based Richards equation for land models with a deep or shallow water table Journal of Hydrometeorology, 10, 308-319

Fersch, B.; Wagner, S.; Rummler, T.; Gochis, D. J.; Kunstmann, H.

2012-12-01

284

Water distribution at the root-soil interface: is there more water next to roots?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Plants are big water movers and have a significant impact on soil water dynamics as well as on the global water cycle. Despite the relevance of root water uptake in terrestrial ecology, the movement of water from soil to roots still presents important open questions, e.g the following two. Which are the properties of the soil near the roots? And what effect do these properties have on soil plant water relations? Most models are based on brute-force spatial averaging of soil properties and assume that the bulk soil has the same properties as the rhizosphere. However, there is evidence in the literature that the rhizosphere has specific properties that may affect water and nutrient uptake (Young 1995, Gregory 2007). In order to investigate the rhizosphere hydraulic properties and their effect on soil plant water relations, we used neutron radiography and neutron tomography to image the water content distribution in soils during plant transpiration. Rectangular (quasi-2D) and cylindrical containers were filled with sandy soil and planted with lupins (Lupinus albus). Three weeks after planting, the samples were equilibrated at water potentials of -10 and 30 hPa and have been imaged for 5 days at intervals of 6 hours. At day 5 the samples were irrigated again via capillary rise and the water distribution was monitored for 4 more days. During the first day of the drying period, regions of water depletion formed around the central part of the tap root where first order laterals were present. As the soil dried up, the picture changed: instead of less water around the roots, as commonly supposed by models, we observed that more water was present around the lateral roots. Interestingly, these regions during drying were retaining high water content, but after irrigation remained markedly drier than the bulk soil. Our hypothesis is that high water content near roots during drying and lower water content during rewetting are explained by the presence of bio-polymers exuded by roots forming a hydrogel that consists of up to 99% water at very negative water potentials (Read et al. 1999). Thanks to its high water holding capacity, this hydrogel maintains a continuous hydraulic pathway across soil and roots for an extended period of time during drying. During rewetting it adversely affects water redistribution, like a storage that needs time to fill up again. These data show for the first time in situ the potential role of mucilage in controlling water dynamics in the rhizosphere and consequences for plant water extraction. Gregory P J, Roots, rhizosphere and soil: the route to a better understanding of soil science? European Journal of Soil Science, 57: 2-12, 2006. Read D P, Gregory P J, and Bell A E. Physical properties of axenic maize root mucilage. Plant and Soil, 211: 87-91, 1999. Young I M. Variation in moisture contents between bulk soil and the rhizosheath of wheat. New Phytologist, 130: 135-139, 1995.

Carminati, A.; Moradi, A.; Oswald, S.; Vetterlein, D.; Weller, U.; Vogel, H.-J.

2009-04-01

285

Measurements of soil temperature for monitoring of the soil water behavior in an embankment slope during periodic rainfall  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One of the most common causes of slope disaster (e.g. landslide, slope failure and debris flow) is heavy rainfall. Distributions of soil moisture and soil suction stress are changed by rain water infiltration. Monitoring of soil water behavior is crucial for prediction of the slope disaster. This study focuses on soil temperatures of a slope as a detector for monitoring soil water behavior. Soil temperature is varied by soil water condition, this is, infiltrating water transports thermal energy downward and thermal property of soil is shifted by containing of soil water. The purpose of this study is to detect the changes in soil water behavior caused by infiltration of rainfalls using measurement of soil temperature. For this purpose, we had carried out the measurements of soil temperature during various rainfalls (Yoshioka et al., 2013). In addition, we measured soil temperature and soil water content at several depths in a slope of an experimental embankment during various intensities of periodic and/or continuous rainfalls. In this presentation, we represent the details of the experiments and the results. Experiments were performed using the experimental embankment at NIED in Japan, which is about 7.3 meters tall and 27 meters wide. The embankment is located in a large-scale rainfall simulator. This facility is about 73 meters long, 48 meters wide and 20 meters tall. We measured soil temperature and volumetric water contents in the slope of the embankment, meteorological condition and rain water temperature. The rainfall intensities were 30, 60, 90 and 120 mm/h. The artificial rainfalls were carried out 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, May and 10th, 11th, 12th June, 2013. As the results, soil temperature at many points in all experimental days rose caused by rainfalls, but the temperature at some points didn't change. We had two forms of soil temperature changes; one was a steep rise and the other was a gradual rise. In the case of periodic rainfall, soil temperature at some points changed in each rainfall. The soil temperature rose greater in the rainfall with higher intensity than that in the rainfall with lower intensity. The soil temperature change has similar tendency as the volumetric water content change. Both soil temperature and volumetric water contents rose after the start of rainfalls and decreased gradually after the finish of them. These results indicated that the soil temperature change reflected the soil water behavior even when periodic rainfall occurred. Reference: Yoshioka et al. (2013) Measurement of soil temperature in the slope of an embankment using a large-scale rainfall simulator, Proceedings of the 11th SEGJ International Symposium (submitted)

Yoshioka, M.; Takakura, S.; Ishizawa, T.; Sakai, N.

2013-12-01

286

Determining soil and ground water use of vegetation from heat pulse, water potential and stable isotope data  

Microsoft Academic Search

A simple model of water uptake by vegetation is used to aid the discrimination of plant water sources determined with isotope data. In the model, water extracted from different soil depths depends on the leaf–soil potential difference, a root distribution function and a lumped hydraulic conductance parameter. Measurements of plant transpiration rate, and soil and leaf water potentials are used

P. G. Cook; A. P. O’Grady

2006-01-01

287

Spatio-temporal variability of soil water content on the local scale in a Mediterranean mountain area (Vallcebre, North Eastern Spain). How different spatio-temporal scales reflect mean soil water content  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As a result of complex human-land interactions and topographic variability, many Mediterranean mountain catchments are covered by agricultural terraces that have locally modified the soil water content dynamic. Understanding these local-scale dynamics helps us grasp better how hydrology behaves on the catchment scale. Thus, this study examined soil water content variability in the upper 30 cm of the soil on a Mediterranean abandoned terrace in north-east Spain. Using a dataset of high spatial (regular grid of 128 automatic TDR probes at 2.5 m intervals) and temporal (20-min time step) resolution, gathered throughout a 84-day period, the spatio-temporal variability of soil water content at the local scale and the way that different spatio-temporal scales reflect the mean soil water content were investigated. Soil water content spatial variability and its relation to wetness conditions were examined, along with the spatial structuring of the soil water content within the terrace. Then, the ability of single probes and of different combinations of spatial measurements (transects and grids) to provide a good estimate of mean soil water content on the terrace scale was explored by means of temporal stability analyses. Finally, the effect of monitoring frequency on the magnitude of detectable daily soil water content variations was studied. Results showed that soil water content spatial variability followed a bimodal pattern of increasing absolute variability with increasing soil water content. In addition, a linear trend of decreasing soil water content as the distance from the inner part of the terrace increased was identified. Once this trend was subtracted, resulting semi-variograms suggested that the spatial resolution examined was too high to appreciate spatial structuring in the data. Thus, the spatial pattern should be considered as random. Of all the spatial designs tested, the 10 × 10 m mesh grid (9 probes) was considered the most suitable option for a good, time-stable estimate of mean soil water content, as no improvement was obtained with the 5 × 5 m mesh grid (30 probes). Finally, the results of temporal aggregation showed that decreasing the monitoring frequency down to 8 h during wetting-up periods and to 1 day during drying-down ones did not result in a loss of information on daily soil water content variations.

Molina, Antonio J.; Latron, Jérôme; Rubio, Carles M.; Gallart, Francesc; Llorens, Pilar

2014-08-01

288

Visualizing Clogging up of Soil Pores in the Tropical Degraded Soils and Their Impact on Green Water Productivity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Abstract Restrictive soil layers commonly known as hardpans restrict water and airflow in the soil profile and impede plant root growth below the plow depth. Preventing hardpans to form or ameliorate existing hardpans will allow plants root more deeply, increase water infiltration and reduce runoff, all resulting in greater amounts of water available for the crop (i.e. green water). However, there has been a lack of research on understanding the influence of transported disturbed soil particles (colloids) from the surface to the subsurface to form restrictive soil layers, which is a common occurrence in degraded soils. In this study we investigated the effect of disturbed soil particles on clogging up of soil pores to form hardpans. Unsaturated sand column experiments were performed by applying 0.04 g/ml soil water solution in two sand textures. For each experiment, soil water solution infiltration process was visualized using a bright field microscope and soil particles remained in the sand column was quantified collecting and measuring leachate at the end of the experiment in the soil and water lab of Cornell University. Preliminary results show that accumulation of significant amount of soil particles occur in between sand particles and at air water interfaces, indicating the clogging of soil pores occurs as a result of disturbed fine soil particles transported from the soil surface to the subsurface. Key Words: Soil pore clogging; Hardpans; Green water productivity Visualization of sand column experiment showing the sand column at the start of the experiment (left) and two hours after the second application in that soil particles were accumulated at the air water interfaces(right).

Tebebu, T.; Baver, C.; Stoof, C.; Steenhuis, T. S.

2013-12-01

289

78 FR 56153 - National Environmental Policy Act: Categorical Exclusions for Soil and Water Restoration Activities  

Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

...Act: Categorical Exclusions for Soil and Water Restoration Activities AGENCY: Forest...that restore lands negatively impacted by water control structures, disturbance events...potential environmental effects of soil and water restoration projects that are...

2013-09-12

290

Effect of the soil water content on Jatropha seedlings in a tropical climate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to evaluate growth, chlorophyll content, and photosynthesis in Jatropha at different levels of soil moisture. Plants were cultivated in containers and the treatments of the soil water content evaluated were: 0% (without watering), 20, 40, 60, and 80% soil water content. Plant height was statistically similar for all treatments, but the number of leaves differed significantly. Total dry matter and chlorophyll at 40, 60, and 80% soil water content were statistically similar, but different from 0 and 20% soil water content. Leaf area at 40, 60, and 80% soil water content was statistically different from 0 and 20% soil water content. The photosynthetic rate, transpiration and stomatal conductance at 60 and 80% soil water content were statistically similar but different from 0 and 20% soil water content. Water stress affected growth, chlorophyll content, photosynthetic rate, transpiration, and stomatal conductance.

Pérez-Vázquez, A.; Hernández-Salinas, G.; Ávila-Reséndiz, C.; Valdés-Rodríguez, O. A.; Gallardo-López, F.; García-Pérez, E.; Ruiz-Rosado, O.

2013-09-01

291

Effect of Plant-derived Hydrophobic Compounds on Soil Water Repellency in Dutch Sandy Soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil water repellency or hydrophobicity is a common and important soil property, which may diminish plant growth and promotes soil erosion leading to environmentally undesired situations. Hydrophobic organic compounds in the soil are derived from vegetation (leaves, roots, mosses) or microorganisms (fungi, bacteria), and these compounds induce soil water repellency (SWR) and can be called SWR-biomarkers. As common hydrophobic constituents of organic matter, plant lipids are mainly from wax layers of leaves and roots, whereas cutins and suberins as aliphatic biopolyesters occur in leaves and roots, respectively. Their unique compositions in soil can indicate the original vegetation sources. To investigate the individual or combined effects of the hydrophobic compounds on SWR and their possible associations with each other, we conducted experiments to analyse the organic composition of Dutch coastal dune sandy soils in relation to SWR. DCM/MeOH solvent is used to remove solvent soluble lipids. BF3-methanol is utilized to depolymerize cutins and suberins from isopropanol/NH3 extractable organic matter. Total organic carbon (TOC) has a positive linear relation with SWR only for those soils containing low TOC (

Mao, Jiefei; Dekker, Stefan C.; Nierop, Klaas G. J.

2013-04-01

292

Upscaled soil-water retention using van Genuchten's function  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Soils are often layered at scales smaller than the block size used in numerical and conceptual models of variably saturated flow. Consequently, the small-scale variability in water content within each block must be homogenized (upscaled). Laboratory results have shown that a linear volume average (LVA) of water content at a uniform suction is a good approximation to measured water contents in heterogeneous cores. Here, we upscale water contents using van Genuchten's function for both the local and upscaled soil-water-retention characteristics. The van Genuchten (vG) function compares favorably with LVA results, laboratory experiments under hydrostatic conditions in 3-cm cores, and numerical simulations of large-scale gravity drainage. Our method yields upscaled vG parameter values by fitting the vG curve to the LVA of water contents at various suction values. In practice, it is more efficient to compute direct averages of the local vG parameter values. Nonlinear power averages quantify a feasible range of values for each upscaled vG shape parameter; upscaled values of N are consistently less than the harmonic means, reflecting broad pore-size distributions of the upscaled soils. The vG function is useful for modeling soil-water retention at large scales, and these results provide guidance for its application.

Green, T.R.; Constantz, J.E.; Freyberg, D.L.

1996-01-01

293

Soil water repellency: the knowledge base, advances and challenges  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The topic of soil water repellency (SWR or soil hydrophobicity) has moved from being perhaps a little known curiosity a few decades ago to a well established sub-discipline of soil physics and soil hydrology. In terms of the number of journal publications, SWR is comparable with other physical soil properties or processes such as crusting, aggregation or preferential flow. SWR refers to a condition when soil does not wet readily when in contact with water. This may be evident at the soil surface, when SWR leads to prolonged ponding on soils despite the presence of sufficient pore openings, or in the soil matrix, as manifest by enhanced uneven wetting and preferential flow that is not caused by structural in homogeneity. Amongst major milestones advancing the knowledge base of SWR have been the recognition that: (1) many, if not most, soils can exhibit SWR when the soil moisture content falls below a critical threshold, (2) it can be induced (and destroyed) during vegetation fires, but many soils exhibit SWR irrespective of burning, (3) it can be caused, in principle, by a large variety of naturally-abundant chemical compounds, (4) it is typically highly variable in space, time and its degree (severity and persistence), and (5) its impacts on, for example, soil hydrology, erosion and plant growth have the potential to be very substantial, but also that impacts are often minor for naturally vegetated and undisturbed soils. Amongst the key challenges that remain are: (a) predicting accurately the conditions when soils prone to SWR actually develop this property, (b) unravelling, for fire effected environments, to what degree any presence of absence of SWR is due to fire and post-fire recovery, (c) the exact nature and origin the material causing SWR at the molecular level in different environments, (d) understanding the implications of the spatial and temporal variability at different scales, (e) the capability to model and predict under which environmental conditions its impacts are of significance, and (f) what changes to SWR and its implications we can expect under future climatic and land management conditions. This presentation aims to provide a brief overview of the main milestones reached to date in SWR research and of some of the key challenges for future research in this rapidly growing field.

Doerr, S. H.

2012-04-01

294

Collimated neutron probe for soil water content measurements  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A collimated neutron probe was designed to enable mesurements in specific directions from the access tube. To determine the size and shape of soil volume affecting the neutron counts, experiments were conducted to evaluate: 1) the vertical distance of soil above and below the probe that influences neutron counts; 2) the horizontal distance away from the probe into the soil that influences neutron counts; 3) the angle of soil viewed by the probe from the collimator; and 4) the three-dimensional thermal-neutron density field. The vertical distance was ~0.5m, the horizontal distance was ~0.2m, and the angle of soil viewed by the probe from the collimator was ~120??. Thermal neutrons detected from distances or angles larger than these values influence the determination of relative water content by 5% or less. -from Authors

Klenke, J.M.; Flint, A.L.

1991-01-01

295

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE OPTIONS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE  

E-print Network

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE OPTIONS IN SOIL & WATER SCIENCE Soil/MS 5-year Program Graduate Degrees: Masters, Doctoral, and Distance Programs soil and water science major undergraduate Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida Visit us online at

Watson, Craig A.

296

ESTIMATING SOIL WATER CONTENT USING COKRIGING  

EPA Science Inventory

Using cokriging, estimates and estimation variances of the gravimetric moisture content (GMC) were made using one and two additional random functions: the bare soil surface temperature and the percent sand content. Various measures of the differences and quality of the estimates ...

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Name ___________________________________________ Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory  

E-print Network

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Texas AgriLife Extension Service D-1116 P14 PLANT/FORAGE SAMPLE to be Fed: Requested (For Lab Use) I.D. (Bermuda, Wheat, Pecan, etc.)(Feed, Hay, Silage or Plant Tissue, Fe Cu, Mn, Zn and B) $18 per sample 4. Protein + Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF) $12 per sample (TDN

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Impact of reclaimed water irrigation on soil health in urban green areas.  

PubMed

Rapid increase of reclaimed water irrigation in urban green areas requires investigating its impact on soil health conditions. In this research, field study was conducted in 7 parks in Beijing with different histories of reclaimed water irrigation. Twenty soil attributes were analyzed to evaluate the effects of reclaimed water irrigation on the soil health conditions. Results showed that soil nutrient conditions were ameliorated by reclaimed water irrigation, as indicated by the increase of soil organic matter content (SOM), total nitrogen (TN), and available phosphorus (AP). No soil salinization but a slight soil alkalization was observed under reclaimed water irrigation. Accumulation of heavy metals in soil was insignificant. It was also observed that reclaimed water irrigation could significantly improve the soil microorganism activities. Overall, the soil health conditions were improved with reclaimed water irrigation, and the improvement increased when the reclaimed water irrigation period became longer. PMID:25150469

Chen, Weiping; Lu, Sidan; Pan, Neng; Wang, Yanchun; Wu, Laosheng

2015-01-01

299

High Resolution Soil Water from Regional Databases and Satellite Images  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This viewgraph presentation provides information on the ways in which plant growth can be inferred from satellite data and can then be used to infer soil water. There are several steps in this process, the first of which is the acquisition of data from satellite observations and relevant information databases such as the State Soil Geographic Database (STATSGO). Then probabilistic analysis and inversion with the Bayes' theorem reveals sources of uncertainty. The Markov chain Monte Carlo method is also used.

Morris, Robin D.; Smelyanskly, Vadim N.; Coughlin, Joseph; Dungan, Jennifer; Clancy, Daniel (Technical Monitor)

2002-01-01

300

Surface reactions of chromium in soils and waters  

Microsoft Academic Search

Chromium is a redox active metal that persists as either Cr(III) or Cr(VI) in the environment. These two oxidation states have opposing toxicities and mobilities: Cr(III) is rather benign and immobile in soils while Cr(VI) is toxic and readily transported. Reactions influencing Cr chemistry in soils and waters must be known in order to predict and understand the fate of

Scott E. Fendorf

1995-01-01

301

Association of water spectral indices with plant and soil water relations in contrasting wheat genotypes  

PubMed Central

Spectral reflectance indices can be used to estimate the water status of plants in a rapid, non-destructive manner. Water spectral indices were measured on wheat under a range of water-deficit conditions in field-based yield trials to establish their relationship with water relations parameters as well as available volumetric soil water (AVSW) to indicate soil water extraction patterns. Three types of wheat germplasm were studied which showed a range of drought adaptation; near-isomorphic sister lines from an elite/elite cross, advanced breeding lines, and lines derived from interspecific hybridization with wild relatives (synthetic derivative lines). Five water spectral indices (one water index and four normalized water indices) based on near infrared wavelengths were determined under field conditions between the booting and grain-filling stages of crop development. Among all water spectral indices, one in particular, which was denominated as NWI-3, showed the most consistent associations with water relations parameters and demonstrated the strongest associations in all three germplasm sets. NWI-3 showed a strong linear relationship (r2 >0.6–0.8) with leaf water potential (?leaf) across a broad range of values (–2.0 to –4.0 MPa) that were determined by natural variation in the environment associated with intra- and inter-seasonal affects. Association observed between NWI-3 and canopy temperature (CT) was consistent with the idea that genotypes with a better hydration status have a larger water flux (increased stomatal conductance) during the day. NWI-3 was also related to soil water potential (?soil) and AVSW, indicating that drought-adapted lines could extract more water from deeper soil profiles to maintain favourable water relations. NWI-3 was sufficiently sensitive to detect genotypic differences (indicated by phenotypic and genetic correlations) in water status at the canopy and soil levels indicating its potential application in precision phenotyping. PMID:20639342

Gutierrez, Mario; Reynolds, Matthew P.; Klatt, Arthur R.

2010-01-01

302

Zinc movement in sewage-sludge-treated soils as influenced by soil properties, irrigation water quality, and soil moisture level  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A soil column study was conducted to assess the movement of Zn in sewage-sludge-amended soils. Varables investigated were soil properties, irrigation water quality, and soil moisture level. Bulk samples of the surface layer of six soil series were packed into columns, 10.2 cm in diameter and 110 cm in length. An anaerobically digested municipal sewage sludge was incorporated into the top 20 cm of each column at a rate of 300 mg ha-1. The columns were maintained at moisture levels of saturation and unsaturation and were leached with two waters of different quality. At the termination of leaching, the columns were cut open and the soil was sectioned and analyzed. Zinc movement was evaluated by mass balance accounting and correlation and regression analysis. Zinc movement in the unsaturated columns ranged from 3 to 30 cm, with a mean of 10 cm. The difference in irrigation water quality did not have an effect on Zn movement. Most of the Zn applied to the unsaturated columns remained in the sludge-amended soil layer (96.1 to 99.6%, with a mean of 98.1%). The major portion of Zn leached from the sludge-amended soil layer accumulated in the 0- to 3-cm depth (35.7 to 100%, with a mean of 73.6%). The mean final soil pH values decreased in the order: saturated columns = sludge-amended soil layer > untreated soils > unsaturated columns. Total Zn leached from the sludge-amended soil layer was correlated negatively at P = 0.001 with final pH (r = -0.85). Depth of Zn movement was correlated negatively at P = 0.001 with final pH (r = -0.91). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that the final pH accounted for 72% of the variation in the total amounts of Zn leached from the sludge-amended soil layer of the unsaturated columns and accounted for 82% of the variation in the depth of Zn movement among the unsaturated columns. A significant correlation was not found between Zn and organic carbon in soil solutions, but a negative correlation significant at P = 0.001 was found between pH and Zn (r = -0.61).

Welch, J.E.; Lund, L.J.

1989-01-01

303

Three-dimensional dynamic soil-structure interaction analysis in the time domain  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new numerical procedure is proposed for the analysis of three-dimensional dynamic soil- structure interaction in the time domain. In this study, the soil is modelled as a linear elastic solid, however the methods developed can be adapted to include the effects of soil nonlinear- ities and hysteretic damping in the soil. A substructure method, in which the unbounded soil

Xiong Zhang; J. L. Wegner; J. B. Haddow

1999-01-01

304

Groundwater Surface Water Interaction Effects on Pesticide Persistence and Transformation Pathways  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Historical DDT use at Point Pelee National Park (PPNP) has left a legacy of contamination found in the flora, fauna, soils, and groundwater. The transformation pathway and the rate of transformation of DDT to either DDE or DDD, and subsequent metabolites depends on many environmental factors including soil texture, soil moisture, temperature, organic carbon content, flooding, and microbial activity, (Guenzi and Beard 1968, 1976; Spencer et al. 1996; Aigner et al. 1998). Under aerobic conditions the transformation of DDT to DDE is the preferred pathway, whereas under anaerobic conditions, DDT to DDD is the preferred pathway. Also, the transformation of DDT to DDD under anaerobic conditions is faster than that for DDT to DDE under aerobic conditions. Given that one of the primary factors effecting the redox conditions of a soil is soil wetness, and that flooded soils tend to become anaerobic and reducing, it was hypothesized that there may be a relation between the dynamic nature of groundwater-surface water interactions at PPNP and the concentrations and proportions of DDT, DDE, and DDD. The soils are texturally sand and are mostly of the Brunisolic Soil Order (Inceptisols) with the Regosolic Soil Order (Entisols) on the sand dunes and the Organic Soil Order (Histosols) along the margins of the Marsh. The location of the groundwater-surface water interface coinciding with historic water levels within Lake Erie and the marsh has played a significant role.

Smith, J. E.; Crowe, A. S.; Marenco, N.

2004-05-01

305

Volatile-mediated interactions between phylogenetically different soil bacteria  

PubMed Central

There is increasing evidence that organic volatiles play an important role in interactions between micro-organisms in the porous soil matrix. Here we report that volatile compounds emitted by different soil bacteria can affect the growth, antibiotic production and gene expression of the soil bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf0–1. We applied a novel cultivation approach that mimics the natural nutritional heterogeneity in soil in which P. fluorescens grown on nutrient-limited agar was exposed to volatiles produced by 4 phylogenetically different bacterial isolates (Collimonas pratensis, Serratia plymuthica, Paenibacillus sp., and Pedobacter sp.) growing in sand containing artificial root exudates. Contrary to our expectation, the produced volatiles stimulated rather than inhibited the growth of P. fluorescens. A genome-wide, microarray-based analysis revealed that volatiles of all four bacterial strains affected gene expression of P. fluorescens, but with a different pattern of gene expression for each strain. Based on the annotation of the differently expressed genes, bacterial volatiles appear to induce a chemotactic motility response in P. fluorescens, but also an oxidative stress response. A more detailed study revealed that volatiles produced by C. pratensis triggered, antimicrobial secondary metabolite production in P. fluorescens. Our results indicate that bacterial volatiles can have an important role in communication, trophic - and antagonistic interactions within the soil bacterial community. PMID:24966854

Garbeva, Paolina; Hordijk, Cornelis; Gerards, Saskia; de Boer, Wietse

2014-01-01

306

Soil Moisture: The Hydrologic Interface Between Surface and Ground Waters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A hypothesis is presented that many hydrologic processes display a unique signature that is detectable with microwave remote sensing. These signatures are in the form of the spatial and temporal distributions of surface soil moisture. The specific hydrologic processes that may be detected include groundwater recharge and discharge zones, storm runoff contributing areas, regions of potential and less than potential evapotranspiration (ET), and information about the hydrologic properties of soils. In basin and hillslope hydrology, soil moisture is the interface between surface and ground waters.

Engman, Edwin T.

1997-01-01

307

Pore-Scale Effects of Soil Structure And Microbial EPS Production On Soil Water Retention  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Climate-induced changes to the hydrological cycle will increase the frequency of extreme weather events including powerful storms and prolonged droughts. Moving forward, one of the major factors limiting primary productivity in terrestrial ecosystems will be sub-optimal soil moisture. We focus here on the ability of soils to retain moisture under drying conditions. A soil's ability to retain moisture is influenced by many factors including its texture, its structure, and the activities of soil microbes. In soil microcosms, the addition of small amounts of microbially-produced extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) can dramatically shift moisture retention curves. The objective of this research is to better understand how soil structure and EPS may act together to retain moisture in unsaturated soils. Replicate micromodels with exactly-conserved 2-D physical geometry were initially filled with aqueous suspensions of one of two types of bacteria: one mutant was ultra- muccoid and the other was non-muccoid. Replicate micromodels were held at a fixed, external, relative humidity, and the position of the air-water interface was imaged over time as water evaporates. There was no forced convection of air or water inside the micromodels: drying was achieved by water evaporation and diffusion alone. We used a fully automated, inverted microscope to image replicate drying lanes each with dimensions of 1 mm x 10 mm. A complete set of images was collected every 30 minutes for 30 hours. The results show devices loaded with the highly muccoid strain remained >40% hydrated for 13 h, while devices loaded with the non-muccoid remained >40% hydrated for only 6 h, and were completely dry by 13 h. Current work is comparing interfacial water fluxes in structured and unstructured settings, and is attempting to model the synergistic effects of soil structure and EPS content on moisture retention in real soils. This research may allow more accurate description of naturally-occurring feedbacks between the soil carbon and water cycles, and may enable agriculture biotechnology that enhances natural soil processes for improved resiliency of terrestrial ecosystems.

Orner, E.; Anderson, E.; Rubinstein, R. L.; Chau, J. F.; Shor, L. M.; Gage, D. J.

2013-12-01

308

Behavior of bromobutide in paddy water and soil after application.  

PubMed

Behavior of the herbicide bromobutide, (RS)-2-bromo-N-(?,?-dimethylbenzyl)-3,3-dimethylbutyramide, in paddy water and soil after application to paddy fields was investigated to evaluate the degradation to bromobutide-debromo, N-(?,?-dimethylbenzyl)-3,3-dimethylbutyramide, and runoff of the herbicide. The respective maximum concentrations of bromobutide and the metabolite were 1,640–2,230 and 11.1–15.8 ?g/L in the paddy water, and 2,210–4,140 ?g/kg dry and 74–119 ?g/kg dry in the paddy soil, respectively. The runoff ratios of the applied bromobutide from the paddy fields were calculated as 28 ± 16%. The respective mean values of the half-lives of bromobutide in the paddy water and the soil were 2.7 ± 0.34 days and 6.9 ± 2.6 days, respectively. PMID:22297629

Morohashi, Masayuki; Nagasawa, Shunsuke; Enya, Nami; Suzuki, Kazuyuki; Kose, Tomohiro; Kawata, Kuniaki

2012-04-01

309

Human interactions with ground-water  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Ground-Water could be considered as an immense reservoir, from which only a certain amount of water can be withdrawn without affecting the quantity and quality of water. This amount is determined by the characteristics of the environment in which ground-water occurs and by the interactions of ground-water with precipitation, surface water, and people. It should be recognized that quantity and quality of ground-water are intimately related and should be considered accordingly. Quantity refers to usable water and water is usable for any specific purpose only so long as its quality has not deteriorated beyond acceptable limits. Thus an overall quantitative and qualitative management of ground water is inevitable, and its should also involve the uses of ground-water reservoirs for purposes other than water supply. The main objective of ground-water management is to ensure that ground-water resources will be available in appropriate time and in appropriate quantity and quality to meet the most important demands of our society. Traditional, and obvious uses of ground-water are the extraction of water for water supplies (domestic, municipal, agricultural, and industrial) and the natural discharge feeding lakes and maintaining base flow of streams. Not so obvious are the uses of ground-water reservoirs, the very framework within which ground-water occurs and moves, and in which other fluids or materials can be stored. In the last two decades, ground-water reservoirs have been intensively considered for many other purposes than water supplies. Diversified and very often conflicting uses need to be evaluated and dealt with in the most efficient way in order to determine the importance of each possible use, and to assign priorities of these uses. With rising competition for the use of ground-water reservoirs, we will also need to increase the potential for effective planning of ground-water development and protection. Man's development and use of ground-water necessarily modifies the natural conditions and the total natural system must be successfully blended with the unnatural stresses placed upon it. This can be accomplished by introducing new methods (such as ground-water zoning) in and by developing alternative strategies for ground-water management and protection. ?? 1983 D. Reidel Publishing Company.

Zaporozec, A.

1983-01-01

310

Reflectance of vegetation, soil, and water  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The author has identified the following significant results. Bands 4, 5, and 7 and 5, 6, and 7 were best for distinguishing among crop and soil categories in ERTS-1 SCENES 1182-16322 (1-21-73) and 1308-16323 (5-21-73) respectively. Chlorotic sorghum areas 2.8 acres or larger in size were identified on a computer printout of band 5 data. Reflectance of crop residues was more often different from bare soil in band 4 than in bands 5, 6, and 7. Simultaneously acquired aircraft and spacecraft MSS data indicated that spacecraft surveys are as reliable as aircraft surveys. ERTS-1 data were successfully used to estimate acreage of citrus, cotton, and sorghum as well as idle crop land.

Wiegand, C. L. (principal investigator); Gausman, H. W.; Leamer, R. W.; Richardson, A. J.; Gerbermann, A. H.; Torline, R. J.; Gautreaux, M. R.; Everitt, J. H.; Guellar, J. A.; Rodriguez, R. R.

1974-01-01

311

Onset of perched water in a gradually layered soil: a laboratory experiment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The genetic layering of the soil hydrological properties can significanly affect a number of processes as the onset of soil-slips, the runoff production and those related to the interaction between soil, water, plants and atmosphere. Therefore, with the aim of better understanding some aspects of these processes, we focused on the effect, during an imbibition process, of the decrease of the soil hydraulic conductivity at saturation Ks. A laboratory experiment was setup in order to observe the conditions and dynamics of the onset of a perched water in a gradually layered soil. A prismatic column was realised and filled with 9 different soil strata, each 0.1 m deep, whose grain-size distribution curve and porosity were such as to reproduce an exponential decay of Ks, on the basis of the application of a modified Kozeny-Carman relatioship. The so-rebuilt soil was artificially wetted by means of a rainfall simulator at a rate previously determined in order to maintain a constant water content on the surface for 9 hours. Istantaneous volumetric water content profiles were measured along the soil profile by means of 9 TDR probes and a multiplexer device. As a result of the experiment we observed and documented the formation of a water content peak at about 0.15 m depth, about 1.5 h after the beginning of the imbibition process. Then the peak emphasised and moved downward and a perched water formed at an intermediate height in the column, about 6 h after the beginning of the experiment. By this experiment we could then verify the formation of a water content peak, as predicted by a previously developed theoretical model and by a finite volume numerical simulation. The peak is then enveloped reaching the saturation as the wetting front moves downward. The perched water depth then rapidly increased upward while the wetting front slowly travelled downward. Before the transition toward saturation, the experiment supported the phoenomenological aspects enlightened by the analytical solution, although the adopted Gardner's constitutive laws tend to overestimate the unsaturated conductivity for most of the soils. A quantitative good agreement was observed between the experimental data and the numerical simulations.

Barontini, S.; Belluardo, G.; Bacchi, B.; Ranzi, R.

2009-04-01

312

The interaction of various polymers with water  

E-print Network

that the methylcellulose is more soluble in water at lower temperatures. This must mean that the partial molar heat 39 (3 a HDi of dissolution of methylcellulose (3 n / in water is negative. Polymer P, T For the polymer to be only partially soluble in water at higher...THE INTERACTION OF VARIOUS POLYMERS WITH WATER A Thesis by BILLY OUOCK Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas ASM University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE May 1976 Major Subject...

Quock, Billy

2012-06-07

313

Water-Retention of Fractal Soil Models Using Continuum Percolation Theory: Tests of Hanford Site Soils  

Microsoft Academic Search

ABSTRACT,of percolation theory for flow in a fractal medium in- creases understanding of the steady-state hydraulic con- For 43 Hanford site soils, we use fractal analysis and assume propor- ductivity in the DOE Hanford Site soils. A related prob- tionality of pore radii to particle radii to generate water-retention curves, h(), from particle-size distributions. The air-entry head is lem, which

Allen G. Hunt; Glendon W. Gee

2002-01-01

314

A multimedia and interactive approach to teach soil science  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil Science is a discipline concerned with a material that has unique features and behaviours (Churchman, 2010). Thus, teachers of Soil Science need to be experienced with Soil Science practices and must appreciate the complexities and relationships inherent within the discipline (Field et al, 2011). But when soil science had to be taught not by specialists, for instance in the introductory courses of earth and environmental sciences Degrees or in Secondary School, adequate material cannot be found. For this reason, multimedia and interactive programmes have been developed and showed here. EDAFOS is an e-learning resource that provides a comprehensive review of the fundamental concepts on soil science and reveals it as the living skin of planet Earth (European Commission, 2006). This programme is available via website (www.cienciadelsuelo.es) both in Spanish and, more recently, also in English. Edafos is a programme with different modules, which after outlining the study of soil components goes on to examine the main factors and processes of soil genesis explaining the mechanisms of soil processes. By the use of animations, the vital functions of soil are explained. The program ends with a section of multiple-choice exercises with self-assessment. To complement this program, virtual visits to the field are showed in the program iARASOL (www.suelosdearagon.es), in a time when field trips are gradually diminishing due to insufficiency in time and budget, as well as safety concerns (Çaliskan, 2011). In this case, the objective of iARASOL is to set out that soil vary from place to place not randomly, but in a systematic way, according to landscape units; therefore, graduates can classify the soils using the WRB system (IUSS, 2007). It presents diverse types of data and images instantly, from a variety of viewpoints, at many different scales and display non-visual information in the field. Both programs provide an additional source of information to supplement lectures, real field visits and other learning activities on soil sciences. The development of these programmes has been sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, FECYT) and it has won the "Félix de Azara" Award (2011). Çaliskan, O. (2011). Virtual field trips in education of earth and environmental sciences. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 15: 3229-3243. Churchman, G. J. (2010). The philosophical status of soil science. Geoderma 157, 214-221. European Commission (2006). Thematic strategy for soil protection. COM (2006) 231. Field D.J., A. J. Koppi, L. E. Jarrett, L. K. Abbott, S. R. Cattle, C. D. Grant, A. B. McBratney, N. W. Menzies, A. J. Weatherley (2011). Soil Science teaching principles. Geoderma, 167-168: 9-14. IUSS Working Group WRB (2007). World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2006, fist update 2007. World Soil Resources Reports n° 103. FAO. Rome.

Badía-Villas, D.; Martí-Dalmau, C.; Iñiguez-Remón, E.

2012-04-01

315

Organic compounds in hot-water-soluble fractions from water repellent soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Water repellency (WR) is a soil property providing hydrophobic protection and preventing rapid microbial decomposition of organic matter entering the soil with litter or plant residues. Global warming can cause changes in WR, thus influencing water storage and plant productivity. Here we assess two different approaches for analysis of organic compounds composition in hot water extracts from accelerated solvent extraction (ASE) of water repellent soils. Extracts were lyophilized, fractionated on SiO2 (sand) and SPE cartridge, and measured by GC/MS. Dominant compounds were aromatic acids, short chain dicarboxylic acids (C4-C9), sugars, short chain fatty acids (C8-C18), and esters of stearic and palmitic acids. Polar compounds (mainly sugars) were adsorbed on applying SPE clean-up procedure, while esters were highly abundant. In addition to the removal of polar compounds, hydrophobic esters and hydrocarbons (alkanes and alkenes < C20) were extracted through desorption of complex colloids stabilized as micelles in dissolved organic carbon (DOC). Water repellency was completely eliminated by hot water under high pressure. The molecular composition of HWSC can play a critical role in stabilization and destabilization of soil organic matter (SOM), particle wettability and C dynamics in soils. Key words: soil water repellency, hot water soluble carbon (HWSC), GC/MS, hydrophobic compounds

Atanassova, Irena; Doerr, Stefan

2014-05-01

316

Soil and water conservation policies: Successes and failures  

SciTech Connect

This book presents an in-depth look at soil and water conservation programs throughout the world. For as far into the future as one can see, governments will probably topple, power will continue to exchange hands, the climate will undergo continuous change, and the global economy will ebb and flow like the oceans. But for the world's many diverse countries--whether they be highly industrialized or third world--one thing will always remain constant: the need to solve the planet's pressing soil and water conservation problems, as well as implement effective policies. This book addresses: Why do some policy initiatives succeed while others fail?

Napier, T.A. [ed.

2000-07-01

317

Improved Instrument for Detecting Water and Ice in Soil  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An instrument measures electrical properties of relatively dry soils to determine their liquid water and/or ice contents. Designed as a prototype of instruments for measuring the liquid-water and ice contents of lunar and planetary soils, the apparatus could also be utilized for similar purposes in research and agriculture involving terrestrial desert soils and sands, and perhaps for measuring ice buildup on aircraft surfaces. This instrument is an improved version of the apparatus described in Measuring Low Concentrations of Liquid Water and Ice in Soil (NPO-41822), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 33, No. 2 (February 2009), page 22. The designs of both versions are based on the fact that the electrical behavior of a typical soil sample is well approximated by a network of resistors and capacitors in which resistances decrease and capacitances increase (and the magnitude and phase angle of impedance changes accordingly) with increasing water content. The previous version included an impedance spectrometer and a jar into which a sample of soil was placed. Four stainless-steel screws at the bottom of the jar were used as electrodes of a fourpoint impedance probe connected to the spectrometer. The present instrument does not include a sample jar and can be operated without acquiring or handling samples. Its impedance probe consists of a compact assembly of electrodes housed near the tip of a cylinder. The electrodes protrude slightly from the cylinder (see Figure 1). In preparation for measurements, the cylinder is simply pushed into the ground to bring the soil into contact with the electrodes.

Buehler, Martin; Chin, Keith; Keymeulen, Didler; McCann, Timothy; Seshadri, Suesh; Anderson, Robert

2009-01-01

318

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

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

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...

319

Water transfer between rock fragments and fine earth in remoulded soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Stony soils cover about 30% of the surface soils of Western Europe, and 60% in Mediterranean areas. Rock fragments may alter the physical, chemical and agricultural properties of soils. They are also a potential reservoir of water and nutrients for plants, suggesting that the stony phase of soil can participate in water supply to crops and affect the storage capacity of soil water. This implies the existence of water transfer between rock fragments and fine earth. To better understand the interaction between the fine earth and rock fragments, we studied the water transfer between pebbles and fine earth on remoulded soils in presence and absence of plants. Experiments were conducted on remoulded soils in containers (3 L), under controlled conditions. Pebbles and fine earth were collected separately from the Ap horizon of a calcareous lacustrine limestone silty soil located in the central region of France. Pebbles were mixed with fine earth to reach a bulk density of the fine earth of 1.1 g/cm3. Four modalities with different percentage in volume of pebbles were created: 0%p: 0 % pebbles + 100 % fine earth + plant 20%p: 20 % pebbles + 80% fine earth + plant 40%p: 40 % pebbles + 60% fine earth + plant 40%: 40 % pebbles + 60% fine earth Fifteen containers were created for each modality and cuttings of Populus robusta were planted in the three first modalities. All containers were saturated, then irrigated by capillarity and controlled to maintain a moderate water stress continuously. After three months, the containers were saturated again and then allowed to dry. At that time, plants were from 27 to 43 cm height depending on the modality. Soil samples were collected at 5 dates following this second saturation: D0 = soil water content equal to the Available Water Content, Day 2 = D0 + 2 days, Day 4 = D0 + 4 days, Day 7 = D0 + 7 days, Day 11= D0 + 11 days. At each sampling date, three containers for each modality were used to measure the gravimetric water content separately for fine earth and pebbles, and at five depths. Differences in water content between pebbles and fine earth, and between dates, were analysed by a variance analysis (ANOVA, threshold at 5%). Results showed different behaviours for water loss between fine earth and pebbles during a drying period of 11 days. While water content of fine earth decreased from the beginning and onward, pebbles only started to lose water several days after. To study the effect of pebbles proportion, modalities "0%p", "20%p" and "40%p" were compared. Fine earth of modality without pebbles (0%p) lost water faster compared to modalities with pebbles ("20%p" and "40%p") from the 7th day. Meanwhile, pebbles lose water only from the 4th or 7th day. In addition, comparisons of containers at 40% with and without plants ("40%p" and "40%") showed that the water content decreased at a similar rate for the fine earth while the drying of the rock fragments was more pronounced with a plant at the end of the drying period. The moisture of fine earth reduced on average 1.3 times faster with a plant than without. So, plants enhanced the drying processes due to their transpiration but did not seem to modify the water transfer trends. This study showed a water transfer from pebbles towards fine earth occurs, especially when drought starts to be severe, which could be benefit to plant.

Tetegan, Marion; Korboulewsky, Nathalie; Bouthier, Alain; Cousin, Isabelle

2010-05-01

320

Belowground interactions for water between trees and grasses in a temperate semiarid agroforestry system  

Microsoft Academic Search

A fundamental hypothesis of agroforestry is the complementary use of soil resources. However, productivity of many agroforestry\\u000a systems has been lower than expected due to net competition for water, highlighting the need for a mechanistic understanding\\u000a of belowground interactions. The goal of this study was to examine root–root interactions for water in a temperate semiarid\\u000a agroforestry system, based on ponderosa

María Elena Fernández; Javier Gyenge; Julian Licata; Tomás Schlichter; Barbara J. Bond

2008-01-01

321

The influence of shade and clouds on soil water potential: The buffered behavior of hydraulic lift  

Microsoft Academic Search

In the sagebrush\\/bunchgrass steppe of the North American Great Basin soil water potential has been shown to exhibit diel fluctuations with water potential increasing during the night as a result of water loss from roots in relatively dry soil layers. We hypothesized that environmental conditions promoting low transpiration rates (shading, cloudiness) would cause a net increase in soil water potential

Kimberlyn Williams; Martyn M. Caldwell; James H. Richards

1993-01-01

322

Impact of alfalfa on soil and water quality  

SciTech Connect

Dominance of row crop agriculture in rolling landscapes of western and Southwestern Minnesota is identified as a primary, non-point source of sediments and associated pollutants reaching the Minnesota River. Currently as a biomass energy project, alfalfa is being promoted in western Minnesota to harvest the leaves for animal feed and stems to generate electricity. As a perennial, leguminous crop grown with minimum inputs, introduction of alfalfa in row cropped lands has potential to improve both in-situ soil productivity and downstream water quality. A field study was initiated in 1996 to compare the volume of runoff and pollutants coming from alfalfa an com-soybean fields in western Minnesota. Two pair of alfalfa and corn-soybean watersheds were instrumented at Morris in the Fall of 1996 to measure rainfall, runoff, and sample water for sediment load, phosphorus, nitrogen, biochemical oxygen demand, and chemical oxygen demand. Simulated rainfall-runoff experiments were conducted on an existing crop rotation - input management study plots at Lamberton to evaluate soil quality effects of the inclusion of alfalfa in a corn-soybean rotation under manure and fertilization management schemes. Alfalfa soil water use as a function of frequency of harvest was also monitored at Morris to evaluate the effect of cutting schedule on soil water use. During the growing season of 1997, alfalfa under a two-cut management scheme used about 25-mm (an inch) more soil water than under a three-cut schedule. The mean differences between the treatments were not significant. The conclusions drawn in this report come from analysis of data collected during one winter-summer hydrologic and crop management cycle. Continued observations through a period of at least 3-5 years is recommended to improve the instrumentation robustness and discern the variability due to climate, soil, and crop management factors.

Sharma, P.; Moncrief, J.; Gupta, S.

1997-10-30

323

Selenium status in soil, water and essential crops of Iran  

PubMed Central

Abstracts As a contributing factor to health, the trace element selenium (Se) is an essential nutrient of special interest for humans and all animals. It is estimated that 0.5 to 1 billion people worldwide suffer from Se deficiency. In spite of the important role of Se, its concentrations in soil, water and essential crops have not been studied in Iran. Therefore, the main aim of the current study was to determine the Se content of soil, water, and essential crops (rice in North, wheat in Center, date, and pistachio in South) of different regions of Iran. Sampling was performed in the North, South, and Central regions of Iran. In each selected area in the three regions, 17 samples of surface soil were collected; samples of water and essential crops were also collected at the same sampling points. Upon preliminary preparation of all samples, the Se concentrations were measured by ICP-OES Model Varian Vista-MPX. The amount of soil-Se was found to be in the range between 0.04 and 0.45 ppm in the studied areas; the Se content of soil in the central region of Iran was the highest compared to other regions (p<0.0001). The average Se concentration in irrigation water of different areas was less than 0.01 mg/L, and the mean concentrations of Se in the rice, wheat, date, and pistachio samples were 0.95, 0.74, 0.46, and 0.40 ppm, respectively. Although Se-soil and water-Se level in different regions were low, the typical levels of Se in the essential crops were relatively high. PMID:23369199

2012-01-01

324

Interactive effect of organic amendment and environmental factors on degradation of 1,3-dichloropropene and chloropicrin in soil.  

PubMed

Soil organic matter is an important factor affecting the fate of soil fumigants; therefore, the addition of organic amendments to surface soils could reduce fumigant emissions by accelerating fumigant degradation. Experiments were conducted to determine the degradation of fumigants [a mixture of cis- and trans-1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D) and chloropicrin (CP), a similar composition as in Telone C35] in soils with organic amendment under a range of soil moisture, temperature, sterilization, and texture conditions. Degradation of the fumigants followed availability-adjusted first-order or pseudo-first-order kinetics with slower degradation of 1,3-D than CP. Increasing soil water content from 5 to 17.5% (w/w) slightly increased the degradation of 1,3-D, but not that of CP. Five different organic amendments at 5% (w/w) increased fumigant degradation 1.4-6.3-fold in this study. The degradation of both fumigants was accelerated with increasing amount of organic material (OM). Little interaction between soil moisture and OM was observed. Autoclave sterilization of soils did not reduce degradation of either fumigant; however, increasing the incubation temperature from 10 to 45 degrees C accelerated fumigant degradation 5-14 times. Soil texture did not affect 1,3-D degradation, but CP degraded more rapidly in finer-textured soil. These results suggest that OM type and rate and soil temperature are the most important factors affecting the degradation of 1,3-D and CP. PMID:19722521

Qin, Ruijun; Gao, Suduan; Ajwa, Husein; Hanson, Bradley D; Trout, Thomas J; Wang, Dong; Guo, Mingxin

2009-10-14

325

Morphology of rain water channelization in systematically varied model sandy soils  

E-print Network

We visualize the formation of fingered flow in dry model sandy soils under different raining conditions using a quasi-2d experimental set-up, and systematically determine the impact of soil grain diameter and surface wetting property on water channelization phenomenon. The model sandy soils we use are random closely-packed glass beads with varied diameters and surface treatments. For hydrophilic sandy soils, our experiments show that rain water infiltrates into a shallow top layer of soil and creates a horizontal water wetting front that grows downward homogeneously until instabilities occur to form fingered flows. For hydrophobic sandy soils, in contrast, we observe that rain water ponds on the top of soil surface until the hydraulic pressure is strong enough to overcome the capillary repellency of soil and create narrow water channels that penetrate the soil packing. Varying the raindrop impinging speed has little influence on water channel formation. However, varying the rain rate causes significant changes in water infiltration depth, water channel width, and water channel separation. At a fixed raining condition, we combine the effects of grain diameter and surface hydrophobicity into a single parameter and determine its influence on water infiltration depth, water channel width, and water channel separation. We also demonstrate the efficiency of several soil water improvement methods that relate to rain water channelization phenomenon, including pre-wetting sandy soils at different level before rainfall, modifying soil surface flatness, and applying superabsorbent hydrogel particles as soil modifiers.

Y. Wei; C. M. Cejas; R. Barrois; R. Dreyfus; D. J. Durian

2014-03-13

326

Morphology of Rain Water Channeling in Systematically Varied Model Sandy Soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We visualize the formation of fingered flow in dry model sandy soils under different rain conditions using a quasi-2D experimental setup and systematically determine the impact of the soil grain diameter and surface wetting properties on the water channeling phenomenon. The model sandy soils we use are random closely packed glass beads with varied diameters and surface treatments. For hydrophilic sandy soils, our experiments show that rain water infiltrates a shallow top layer of soil and creates a horizontal water wetting front that grows downward homogeneously until instabilities occur to form fingered flows. For hydrophobic sandy soils, in contrast, we observe that rain water ponds on the top of the soil surface until the hydraulic pressure is strong enough to overcome the capillary repellency of soil and create narrow water channels that penetrate the soil packing. Varying the raindrop impinging speed has little influence on water channel formation. However, varying the rain rate causes significant changes in the water infiltration depth, water channel width, and water channel separation. At a fixed rain condition, we combine the effects of the grain diameter and surface hydrophobicity into a single parameter and determine its influence on the water infiltration depth, water channel width, and water channel separation. We also demonstrate the efficiency of several soil water improvement methods that relate to the rain water channeling phenomenon, including prewetting sandy soils at different levels before rainfall, modifying soil surface flatness, and applying superabsorbent hydrogel particles as soil modifiers.

Wei, Yuli; Cejas, Cesare M.; Barrois, Rémi; Dreyfus, Rémi; Durian, Douglas J.

2014-10-01

327

The utility of surface temperature measurements for the remote sensing of surface soil water status  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Experiments carried out on an Avondale loam soil indicated that the thermal inertia concept of soil water content detection is reasonably sound. The volumetric water contents of surface soil layers between 2 and 4 cm thick were found to be linear functions of the amplitude of the diurnal surface soil temperature wave for clear day-night periods. They were also found to be linear functions of the daily maximum value of the surface soil-air-temperature differential. Tests on three additional soils ranging from sandy loam to clay indicated that the relations determined for Avondale loam could not be accurately applied to these other soil types. When the moisture characteristic curves of each soil were used to transform water contents into pressure potentials, however, it was found that soil water pressure potential could be determined without prior knowledge of soil type, and thus its value as a potential soil water status survey tool was significantly enhanced.

Idso, S. B.; Jackson, R. D.; Reginato, R. J.; Schmugge, T. J.

1975-01-01

328

Predawn disequilibrium between plant and soil water potentials in two cold-desert shrubs  

Microsoft Academic Search

Classical water relations theory predicts that predawn plant water potential should be in equilibrium with soil water potential\\u000a (soil ?w) around roots, and many interpretations of plant water status in natural populations are based on this expectation. We examined\\u000a this expectation for two salt-tolerant, cold-desert shrub species in glasshouse experiments where frequent watering assured\\u000a homogeneity in soil ?w and soil-root

L. A. Donovan; D. J. Grisé; J. B. West; R. A. Pappert; N. N. Alder; J. H. Richards

1999-01-01

329

Migration through soil of organic solutes in an oil-shale process water  

Microsoft Academic Search

The migration through soil of organic solutes in an oil-shale process water (retort water) was studied by using soil columns and analyzing leachates for various organic constituents. Retort water extracted significant quantities of organic anions leached from ammonium-saturated-soil organic matter, and a distilled-water rinse, which followed retort-water leaching, released additional organic acids from the soil. After being corrected for organic

Jerry A. Leenheer; Harold A. Stuber

1981-01-01

330

Seasonal and annual changes in soil respiration in relation to soil temperature, water potential and trenching.  

PubMed

Soil respiration (rs), soil temperature (Ts) and volumetric soil water content were measured in a balsam fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.) ecosystem from 1998 to 2001. Seasonal variation in root and microbial respiration, and covariation in abiotic factors confounded interpretation of the effects of Ts and soil water potential (Psis) on rs. To minimize the confounding effect of temperature, we analyzed the effect of Psis on rs during the summers of 1998-2000 when changes in Ts were slight. Soil respiration declined 25-50% in response to modest water stress (minimum Psis of -0.6 to -0.2 MPa), and between years, there was substantial variation in the relationship between rs and Psis. In the summer of 2000, 2-m2 plots were subjected to drought for 1 month and other plots were irrigated. The relationship between summertime rs and Psis in the experimental plots was similar to that estimated from the survey data obtained during the same summer. In late spring and early autumn of 2001, 2-m2 trenched and untrenched plots were subjected to drought or exposed to rainfall. It was dry in the early autumn and there was severe soil drying (Psis of -10 MPa in untrenched plots and -2 MPa in trenched plots). In spring, rs in untrenched plots responded more to modest water stress than rs in trenched plots, indicating that root respiration is more sensitive than microbial respiration to water stress at this time of year. The response to abiotic factors differed significantly between spring and autumn in untrenched plots but not in trenched plots, indicating that root activity was greater in early autumn than in late spring, and that roots acclimated to the sustained, severe water stress experienced before and during the autumn. PMID:14757581

Lavigne, M B; Foster, R J; Goodine, G

2004-04-01

331

A method to extract soil water for stable isotope analysis  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A method has been developed to extract soil water for determination of deuterium (D) and 18O content. The principle of this method is based on the observation that water and toluene form an azeotropic mixture at 84.1??C, but are completely immiscible at ambient temperature. In a specially designed distillation apparatus, the soil water is distilled at 84.1??C with toluene and is separated quantitatively in the collecting funnel at ambient temperature. Traces of toluene are removed and the sample can be analyzed by mass spectrometry. Kerosene may be substituted for toluene. The accuracy of this technique is ?? 2 and ?? 0.2???, respectively, for ??D and ??18O. Reduced accuracy is obtained at low water contents. ?? 1990.

Revesz, K.; Woods, P.H.

1990-01-01

332

Predawn plant water potential does not necessarily equilibrate with soil water potential under well-watered conditions  

Microsoft Academic Search

Predawn leaf water potential (Ow) and xylem pressure potential (Op) are expected to be in equilibrium with the soil water potential (soil Ow) around roots of well-watered plants. We surveyed 21 plant species (desert, chaparral, and coastal salt marsh species, as well as two temperate tree and two crop species) for departures from this expectation and for two potential mechanisms

L. A. Donovan; M. J. Linton; J. H. Richards

2001-01-01

333

[Optimum soil water supply range of Malus pumila].  

PubMed

By means of the determination of net photosynthetic rate and transpiration rate of the leaves of seven-year field and two-year spotted Malus pumila (Goldspur) under different soil water contents and illumination and calculation of water use efficiency (WUE), the optimum soil water supply range of Malus pumila was determined. The results showed that because photosynthetic advantageous radiation (PAR) and soil water content (SWC) decided the value of photosynthetic rate and transpiration rate of Goldspur, thus they influenced the value of WUE. The response of WUE to illumination had relations with soil water. When SWC was 10% (50% of field capacity-FC) or so, the maximum of WUE was the highest value among all the soil water treatment and reached about 230 mumolCO2.g-1H2O. When the water supply was adequate (SWC > 15%), the maximum was only 160 mumolCO2.g-1H2O or so, the difference between each SWC level was not obvious and simulated curve fundamentally overlapped, although WUE decreased slowly after reached the maximum. The variation of WUE with SWC had relations with illumination. WUE was the highest while PAR was in the range of 500-1,000 mumol.m-2.s-1). Because the state of soil water decided the values of stomatic resistance (RS) and leaf water potential, RS and psi 1 also had influence on the changes of WUE. When RS and psi 1 were respectively 2.0 s.cm-1 and -3.0 MPa, WUE was the highest, but Pn was relatively low, which was not good to the normal growth and fruitage of trees. From the overall consideration of WUE, Pn and Tr, the scopes of RS and psi 1 were 2-6 s.cm-1 and -2.1 approximately -1.65 MPa, respectively, which not only guaranteed the normal photosynthesis of Goldspur, but also benefited the increase of WUE. The scope of the corresponding SWC was 11%-15%, which was equal to 55%-75% of FC and this scope could be used as theoretical index of field water supply for Goldspur. PMID:14733015

Wang, Keqin

2003-09-01

334

Soil properties evolution after irrigation with reclaimed water  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Many arid and semi-arid countries are forced to look for new and alternative water sources. The availability of suitable quality water for agriculture in these regions often is threatened. In this context of water scarcity, the reuse of treated wastewater for crop irrigation could represent a feasible solution. Through rigorous planning and management, irrigation with reclaimed water presents some advantages such as saving freshwater, reducing wastewater discharges into freshwater bodies and decreasing the amount of added fertilizers due to the extra supply of nutrients by reclaimed water. The current study, which involves wastewater reuse in agriculture, has been carried out in the Experimental Plant of Carrión de los Céspedes (Sevile, Spain). Here, two survey parcels equally designed have been cultivated with Jatropha curcas L, a bioenergetic plant and a non-interfering food security crop. The only difference between the two parcels lies on the irrigation water quality: one is irrigated with groundwater and another one with reclaimed water. The main aim of this study focuses on analysing the outstanding differences in soil properties derived from irrigation with two water qualities, due to their implications for plant growth. To control and monitor the soil variables, soil samples were collected before and after irrigation in the two parcels. pH, electrical conductivity, cation exchange capacity, exchangeable cations (Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+ and K+), kjeldahl nitrogen, organic matter content and nutrients (boron, phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium) were measured. Data were statistically analyzed using the R package. To evaluate the variance ANOVA test was used and to obtain the relations between water quality and soil parameters, Pearson correlation coefficient was computed. According to other authors, a decrease in the organic matter content and an increase of parameters such as pH, electrical conductivity and some exchangeable cations were expected. To date and after one year of irrigation, no significant differences have been found among the soil properties of the two parcels. The results show in one hand, a slightly decrease in phosphorus, nitrates and electrical conductivity and on the other hand, an increase of organic matter. These trends should be contrasted by new soil quality measurements. The implications on vegetation growth, oil production and nutrients assimilation derived from the irrigation with reclaimed water should be also evaluated over time.

Leal, M.; González-Naranjo, V.; de Miguel, A.; Martínez-Hernández, V.; Lillo, J.

2012-04-01

335

Observing plants dealing with soil water stress: Daily soil moisture fluctuations derived from polymer tensiometers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Periods of soil water deficit often occur within a plant's life cycle, even in temperate deciduous and rain forests (Wilson et al. 2001, Grace 1999). Various experiments have shown that roots are able to sense the distribution of water in the soil, and produce signals that trigger changes in leaf expansion rate and stomatal conductance (Blackman and Davies 1985, Gollan et al. 1986, Gowing et al. 1990 Davies and Zhang 1991, Mansfield and De Silva 1994, Sadras and Milroy 1996). Partitioning of water and air in the soil, solute distribution in soil water, water flow through the soil, and water availability for plants can be determined according to the distribution of the soil water potential (e.g. Schröder et al. 2013, Kool et al. 2014). Understanding plant water uptake under dry conditions has been compromised by hydrological instrumentation with low accuracy in dry soils due to signal attenuation, or a compromised measurement range (Whalley et al. 2013). Development of polymer tensiometers makes it possible to study the soil water potential over a range meaningful for studying plant responses to water stress (Bakker et al. 2007, Van der Ploeg et al. 2008, 2010). Polymer tensiometer data obtained from a lysimeter experiment (Van der Ploeg et al. 2008) were used to analyse day-night fluctuations of soil moisture in the vicinity of maize roots. To do so, three polymer tensiometers placed in the middle of the lysimeter from a control, dry and very dry treatment (one lysimeter per treatment) were used to calculate water content changes over 12 hours. These 12 hours corresponded with the operation of the growing light. Soil water potential measurements in the hour before the growing light was turned on or off were averaged. The averaged value was used as input for the van Genuchten (1980) model. Parameters for the model were obtained from laboratory determination of water retention, with a separate model parameterization for each lysimeter setup. Results show daily fluctuations in water content changes, with both root water uptake and root water excretion. The magnitude of the water content change was in the same order for all treatments, thus suggesting compensatory uptake. References Bakker G, Van der Ploeg MJ, de Rooij GH, Hoogendam CW, Gooren HPA, Huiskes C, Koopal LK and Kruidhof H. New polymer tensiometers: Measuring matric pressures down to the wilting point. Vadose Zone J. 6: 196-202, 2007. Blackman PG and Davies WJ. Root to shoot communication in maize plants of the effects of soil drying. J. Exp. Bot. 36: 39-48, 1985. Davies WJ and Zhang J. Root signals and the regulation of growth and development of plants in drying soil. Annu. Rev. Plant Physiol. Plant Mol. Biol. 42: 55-76, 1991. Gollan T, Passioura JB and Munns R. Soil water status affects the stomatal conductance of fully turgid wheat and sunflower leafs. Aust. J. Plant Physiol. 13: 459-464, 1986. Gowing DJG, Davies WJ and Jones HG. A Positive Root-sourced Signal as an Indicator of Soil Drying in Apple, Malus x domestica Borkh. J. Exp. Bot. 41: 1535-1540, 1990. Grace J. Environmental controls of gas exchange in tropical rain forests. In: Press, M.C, J.D. Scholes and M.G. Barker (ed.). Physiological plant ecology: the 39th Symposium of the British Ecological Society. Blackwell Science, United Kingdom, 1999. Kool D, Agam N, Lazarovitch N, Heitman JL, Sauer TJ, Ben-Gal A. A review of approaches for evapotranspiration partitioning. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 184: 56- 70, 2014. Mansfield TA and De Silva DLR. Sensory systems in the roots of plants and their role in controlling stomatal function in the leaves. Physiol. Chem. Phys. & Med. 26: 89-99, 1994. Sadras VO and Milroy SP. Soil-water thresholds for the responses of leaf expansion and gas exchange: a review. Field Crops Res. 47: 253-266, 1996. Schröder N, Lazarovitch N, Vanderborcht J, Vereecken H, Javaux M. Linking transpiration reduction to rhizosphere salinity using a 3D coupled soil-plant model. Plant Soil 2013, doi: 10.1007/s11104-013-1990-8 Van der Ploeg MJ, Gooren HPA, Bakker G and de Rooij GH.

van der Ploeg, Martine; de Rooij, Gerrit

2014-05-01

336

Atrazine and Diuron partitioning within a soil-water-surfactant system  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The interaction between pesticide and soil and water is even more complex in the presence of surfactants. In this study, batch equilibrium was employed to study the sorption of surfactants and the partitioning behaviors of Atrazine and Diuron within a soil-water-surfactant system. Five soils and four surfactants (nonionic Triton- 100, cationic Benzalkonium Chloride (BC), anionic Linear Alkylbenzenesulfonate (LAS), and anionic Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS)) were used. All surfactant sorption isotherms exhibited an initial linear increase at low surfactant concentrations but reached an asymptotic value as the surfactant concentrations increased. Among the surfactants, BC had the highest sorption onto all soils, followed by Triton-100 and then by LAS and SDS, implying that the nature of the charge significantly influences surfactant sorption. Sorption of either Triton-100 or BC was highly correlated with soil Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) while that of LAS and SDS was complicated by the presence of Ca2+ and Mg2+ in the aqueous phase and the CEC sites. Both LAS and SDS formed complexes with Ca2+ and Mg2+, resulting in a significant decrease in the detergency of the surfactants. At high surfactant concentrations and with micelles present in the aqueous phase, the micelles formed a more competitive partitioning site for the pesticides, resulting in less pesticide sorbed to the soil. At low Triton-100 and BC concentration, the sorption of the surfactants first resulted in less Atrazine sorption but more Diuron sorption, implying competition between the surfactants and Atrazine, which serves as an indirect evidence that there is a different sorption mechanism for Atrazine. Atrazine is a weak base and it protonates and becomes positively charged near particle surfaces where the pH is much lower than in the bulk solution. The protonated Atrazine may then be held on the CEC sites via electrostatic attraction. Triton-100, LAS and SDS sorbed on the soil showed similar sequestration efficiency for Atrazine and Diuron while BC sorbed on the soils with lower CECs showed much higher Atrazine and Diuron sequestration efficiency than the other surfactants, suggesting that the sorbed BC on these soils with less CEC forms bulk-like partitioning media more easily than the soils with higher CECs. These results significantly improve our understanding of partitioning of pesticides within soil-water-surfactant systems. These findings can serve to improve the pesticide removal efficiency of soil washing systems. Also, our results show that by studying the effect of surfactants on pesticide sorption can serve as a new method to study pesticide sorption mechanisms.

Wang, P.; Keller, A.

2006-12-01

337

Investigation of Soil Moisture - Vegetation Interactions in Oklahoma  

E-print Network

INVESTIGATION OF SOIL MOISTURE ? VEGETATION INTERACTIONS IN OKLAHOMA A Thesis by TRENTON W. FORD Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree... of MASTER OF SCIENCE Approved by: Chair of Committee, Steven M. Quiring Committee Members, Oliver W. Frauenfeld John Nielsen-Gammon Head of Department, Vatche P. Tchakerian May 2013 Major Subject: Geography Copyright 2013 Trenton W. Ford...

Ford, Trenton W.

2013-03-06

338

Natural Processes of Ground-Water and Surface-Water Interaction  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site explains the hydrologic cycle and interactions of ground water with surface water, streams, lakes, and wetlands. There are sections about chemical interactions of ground water and surface water; evolution of water chemistry in drainage basins; and interaction of ground water and surface water in different landscapes. Mountainous, riverine, coastal, glacial and dune, and karst terrain are examined.

Thomas Winter

1998-01-01

339

Contributions of groundwater conditions to soil and water salinization  

Microsoft Academic Search

Salinization is the process whereby the concentration of dissolved salts in water and soil is increased due to natural or\\u000a human-induced processes. Water is lost through one or any combination of four main mechanisms: evaporation, evapotranspiration,\\u000a hydrolysis, and leakage between aquifers. Salinity increases from catchment divides to the valley floors and in the direction\\u000a of groundwater flow. Salinization is explained

Ramsis B. Salama; Claus J. Otto; Robert W. Fitzpatrick

1999-01-01

340

Plant Response to Differential Soil Water Content and Salinity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Root-zone soil water content is extremely dynamic, governed by complex and coupled processes such as root uptake, irrigation, evaporation, and leaching. Root uptake of water and nutrients is influenced by these conditions and the processes involved. Plant roots are living and functioning in a dynamic environment that is subjected to extreme changes over relatively short time and small distances. In order to better manage our agricultural resources and cope with increasing constraints of water limitation, environmental concerns and climate change, it is vital to understand plants responses to these changes in their environment. We grew chick pea (Cicer arietinum) plants, in boxes of 30 x 25 x 1 cm dimensions filled with fine sand. Layers of coarse sand (1.5 cm thick) were embedded in the fine-sand media to divide the root growth environment into sections that were hydraulically disconnected from each other. This way, each section could be independently treated with differential levels of water and salinity. The root growth and distribution in the soil was monitored on daily bases using neutron radiography. Daily water uptake was measured by weighing the containers. Changes of soil water content in each section of the containers were calculated from the neutron radiographs. Plants that part of their root system was stressed with drought or salinity showed no change in their daily water uptake rate. The roots in the stressed sections stayed turgid during the stress period and looked healthy in the neutron images. However the uptake rate was severely affected when the soil in the non-stressed section started to dry. The plants were then fully irrigated with water and the water uptake rate recovered to its initial rate shortly after irrigation. The neutron radiographs clearly illustrated the shrinkage and recovery of the roots under stress and the subsequent relief. This cycle was repeated a few times and the same trend could be reproduced. Our results show that plants' response to water- or salinity-stress ranges from full compensation to severe reduction in transpiration, depending on the availability of water in their surrounding soil. Results of applying different treatments of salinity and drought will be shown. Available models of root water uptake will be employed to simulate the obtained results.

Moradi, A. B.; Dara, A.; Kamai, T.; Ngo, A.; Walker, R.; Hopmans, J. W.

2011-12-01

341

UF/IFAS Soil and Water Science 2181 McCarty Hall  

E-print Network

Contact UF/IFAS Soil and Water Science 2181 McCarty Hall PO Box 110290 Gainesville, FL 32611 Phone: 352.294.3152 E-mail: mjsisk@ufl.edu soils.ifas.ufl.edu soil and water science major SOIL SCIENCE u n d e r g r a d u a t e SPECIALIZATION An Equal Opportunity Institution. UF/IFAS Soil and Water Science

Jawitz, James W.

342

Interactions between soil biota and the effects on geomorphological features  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The interaction of animals with abiotic features of their environment has long been known to cause alterations to geomorphic features, and these interactions may cause feedback loops that further alter geomorphic features and animal communities. This paper samples the literature on selected burrowing animals in western North America, and discusses the interactions of animals with abiotic features of the environment and with each other, and the resulting impacts on geomorphic features and each other. As expected, burrowing characteristics of animals influence geomorphological processes. For example, pocket gophers and certain ground squirrels that burrow horizontal tunnels on sloping grounds seem to have significant impacts on horizontal movement of soils, whereas prairie dogs and harvester ants have more impact on vertical movement of soils. Burrowing animals, in general, increase the patchiness of the environment, which creates localized patch habitat for other plants and animals, thereby increasing biodiversity at the landscape scale. Burrowing animals influence and are influenced by microbes: sylvatic plague wiped out large populations of prairie dogs, earthworms cause major changes in soil microflora, pocket gophers and harvester ants cause changes in mycorrhizal communities, which in turn impact plant communities.

Zaitlin, Beryl; Hayashi, Masaki

2012-07-01

343

Electrical resistance sensors for soil water tension estimates  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

This chapter, in a book to be published by the International Atomic Energy Agency/FAO Joint Division, provides detailed information on how to sense soil water tension with electrical resistance sensors. It provides insight into problems commonly encountered in using these sensors. Guidance on data r...

344

Agricultural Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory, Temple, TX  

E-print Network

Agricultural Research Service Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory, Temple, TX Monitoring, Modeling and Decision-Making Daren Harmel USDA-ARS, Temple, TX Agricultural Research Service Grassland monitoring, modeling, and decision- making (if time and interest!!) Agricultural Research Service Grassland

345

Midwest soil and water conservation: Past, present and future  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Soil and water conservation was, is, and will continue to provide the foundation for sustainable resource management in the U.S. Corn and Soybean Belt. This chapter briefly reviews the natural resource foundation, settlement patterns, and development of conservation programs in the U.S. Midwest. The...

346

ANIMAL WASTE EFFECTS UPON CROP PRODUCTION, SOIL AND RUNOFF WATERS  

EPA Science Inventory

This investigation was initiated to study the effects of application of differing rates of manure to land on crops, soil, and runoff water. The study was conducted under field conditions in the sub-humid climate of the Northern Great Plains. Manure application rates included leve...

347

Amy L. Shober Assistant Professor of Soil and Water Science  

E-print Network

. Paz, M.M. Brennan and S. Vyapari. 2009. Irrigation frequency affects growth of sweet viburnum during, 2002 Ph.D., Plant and Soil Science, University of Delaware, 2006 Employment 2006-present, Assistant for ornamental plants in urban landscapes: Current practices and impacts on water resources in Florida. Hort

Ma, Lena

348

LABORATORY CHARACTERIZATION OF CAPACITANCE SENSORS FOR MEASURING SOIL WATER CONTENT  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Automated sensing of soil water content with capacitance methods is common due to the relative ease of installation and monitoring at multiple sites. The resonant frequency of an inductance-capacitance circuit is a function of the dielectric permittivity of the material surrounding the ring-capacito...

349

UNCORRECTEDPROOF Soil carbon losses by water erosion: Experimentation  

E-print Network

but is poorly understood and quantified. To date, all carbon budget calculations have relied on the assumptionUNCORRECTEDPROOF DTD 5 Soil carbon losses by water erosion: Experimentation and modeling at field, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, show that the total amount of carbon removed as particulate organic matter from

Quinton, John

350

Soil and Water Conservation Advances in the Northern Great Plains  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

“Great American Desert” is what many maps often call the Great Plains of North America. This is where dryland agriculture practices for North America have their roots. The purpose of this part of the book was to determine the advances in soil and water conservation technology over the past century a...

351

Simulated soil water storage effects on streamflow generation in a mountainous snowmelt environment, Idaho, USA  

Microsoft Academic Search

Although soil processes affect the timing and amount of streamflow generated from snowmelt, they are often overlooked in estimations of snowmelt-generated streamflow in the western USA. The use of a soil water balance modelling approach to incorporate the effects of soil processes, in particular soil water storage, on the timing and amount of snowmelt generated streamflow, was investigated. The study

M. S. Seyfried; L. E. Grant; D. Marks; A. Winstral; J. McNamara

2009-01-01

352

Near-surface soil water and temperature for SDI, LEPA, and spray irrigation  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Near-surface soil temperatures and volumetric soil water contents were compared for SDI, LEPA, and spray irrigation in a Pullman clay loam soil planted in cotton. Soil temperatures were measured by type-T thermocouples and volumetric water contents were measured by time domain reflectometry (TDR) in...

353

Accuracy and precision of soil water measurements by neutron, capacitance, and TDR methods  

Microsoft Academic Search

Accurate soil water content measurements are required for measurements of crop water use and of the hydraulic characteristics of soils. Although the soil moisture neutron probe (SMNP) has served this need well, increasing regulatory burdens, including the requirement that neutron probes not be left unattended, limit the usefulness of the method. Newer methods, which measure the electric properties of soils,

EVETT Steven; RUTHARDT Brice; KOTTKAMP Sheen; HOWELL Terry; SCHNEIDER Arland; TOLK Judy

354

A Manual on Conservation of Soil and Water. Appropriate Technologies for Development. R-38.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In order to keep the land productive, a good conservation program is imperative. The primary purpose of soil and water conservation is to prevent soil erosion and heal its scars. This handbook explains the causes, processes, and consequences of soil erosion and depletion, and describes major soil- and water-conservation measures. This book was…

Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.

355

Effects of spatial variability of soil hydraulic properties in water budget modeling  

Microsoft Academic Search

There is appreciable spatial variability of soil properties on the scale of a watershed or a field even in a single soil type. The spatial variation of soil water characteristics in an area was simulated from average properties and the assumption of scale heterogeneity (Philip, 1967). Simulated soil water characteristics and other data representing forest vegetation were used in a

A. J. Peck; R. J. Luxmoore; Janice L. Stolzy

1977-01-01

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Compositional changes in soil water and runoff water following managed burning on a UK upland blanket bog  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

SummaryThis study examines the effect managed rotational burning has on soil water and runoff water compositions at the end of a 10 year burning cycle and into the year following a managed burn. This study includes aluminium, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, sulphate, chloride, bromide, fluoride, phosphate and nitrate along with pH, conductivity and DOC. The main findings of this study are: The presence of burning leads to lower concentrations of species associated with deep water sources in both soil and runoff waters. Following burning, soil water has increased concentrations in shallow soil water components (i.e. Al, Fe). Conversely runoff water shows a decrease in the concentration of shallow water components Principal component analysis shows that in the post-burn period, soil water is less mixed with rainwater and runoff water becomes more rainwater-like in composition, i.e. compositions of soil and runoff have diverged as a result of the burn.

Clay, Gareth D.; Worrall, Fred; Fraser, Evan D. G.

2010-01-01

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Soil Microbial Properties and Plant Growth Responses to Carbon and Water Addition in a Temperate Steppe: The Importance of Nutrient Availability  

PubMed Central

Background Global climatic change is generally expected to stimulate net primary production, and consequently increase soil carbon (C) input. The enhanced C input together with potentially increased precipitation may affect soil microbial processes and plant growth. Methodology/Principal Findings To examine the effects of C and water additions on soil microbial properties and plant growth, we conducted an experiment lasting two years in a temperate steppe of northeastern China. We found that soil C and water additions significantly affected microbial properties and stimulated plant growth. Carbon addition significantly increased soil microbial biomass and activity but had a limited effect on microbial community structure. Water addition significantly increased soil microbial activity in the first year but the response to water decreased in the second year. The water-induced changes of microbial activity could be ascribed to decreased soil nitrogen (N) availability and to the shift in soil microbial community structure. However, no water effect on soil microbial activity was visible under C addition during the two years, likely because C addition alleviated nutrient limitation of soil microbes. In addition, C and water additions interacted to affect plant functional group composition. Water addition significantly increased the ratio of grass to forb biomass in C addition plots but showed only minor effects under ambient C levels. Our results suggest that soil microbial activity and plant growth are limited by nutrient (C and N) and water availability, and highlight the importance of nutrient availability in modulating the responses of soil microbes and plants to potentially increased precipitation in the temperate steppe. Conclusions/Significance Increased soil C input and precipitation would show significant effects on soil microbial properties and plant growth in the temperate steppe. These findings will improve our understanding of the responses of soil microbes and plants to the indirect and direct climate change effects. PMID:22496905

Guo, Chengyuan; Wang, Renzhong; Xiao, Chunwang

2012-01-01

358

Effects of corn stalk orientation and water content on passive microwave sensing of soil moisture  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A field experiment was conducted utilizing artificial arrangements of plant components during the summer of 1982 to examine the effects of corn canopy structure and plant water content on microwave emission. Truck-mounted microwave radiometers at C (5 GHz) and L (1.4 GHz) band sensed vertically and horizontally polarized radiation concurrent with ground observations of soil moisture and vegetation parameters. Results indicate that the orientation of cut stalks and the distribution of their dielectric properties through the canopy layer can influence the microwave emission measured from a vegetation/soil scene. The magnitude of this effect varies with polarization and frequency and with the amount of water in the plant, disappearing at low levels of vegetation water content. Although many of the canopy structures and orientations studied in this experiment are somewhat artificial, they serve to improve understanding of microwave energy interactions within a vegetation canopy and to aid in the development of appropriate physically based vegetation models.

Oneill, P. E.; Blanchard, B. J.; Wang, J. R.; Gould, W. I.; Jackson, T. J.

1984-01-01

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Interactions between soil fractions and PAH compounds in thermal desorption of contaminated soils  

SciTech Connect

Results are reported for the interactions between three fractions of a soil, namely fulvic acid (FA), humic acid (HA) and humic/inorganic fractions, and three polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Prepared PAH+soil fraction mixtures, with 0.8-7.0 mass% PAH, were tested using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) over a temperature range of 20-390{degrees}C. The DSC results for the PAH+HA mixtures showed distinctly different characteristics than the other two soil fractions, where the endothermic peak for the vaporization of the PAH was absent. With the aid of flash calculations, the absence of the vaporization peak is interpreted to be due to the liquid-phase miscibility of the PAHs and the HA fraction. The miscible behavior of HA+PAHs implies that the temperature necessary for complete removal of a PAH would be higher than its boiling point temperature. 7 refs., 6 figs.

Mehrotra, A.K.; Svrcek, W.Y. [Univ. of Calgary, Alberta (Canada); Maguire, V. [Amoco Canada Petroleum Co., Ltd., Calgary (Canada)

1996-12-31

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Influence of soil-water ratio on the performance of slurry phase bioreactor treating herbicide contaminated soil.  

PubMed

The influence of soil-water ratio was studied on the performance of the slurry phase bioreactor operated in sequencing batch mode (anoxic-aerobic-anoxic microenvironments) during the bioremediation of soil contaminated with pendimethalin. The performance of the reactors was evaluated at different soil-water ratios (1:5-1:25; at soil loading rate (60 kg of soil/cum-day to 12 kg of soil/cum-day)) keeping the loading rate of pendimethalin constant (133.2 g/kg of soil-day) in six reactors and variable (66.6 g/kg of soil-day to 166.6 g/kg of soil-day) in other four reactors. At 1:20 soil-water ratio, the slurry phase system showed enhanced degradation of substrate (629 microg pendimethalin/g soil). The removal efficiency of pendimethalin in the reactors was dependent on the mass-transfer rates of the substrate from the soil to the aqueous phase. Soil-water ratio and substrate loading rates showed significant influence on the substrate portioning, substrate degradation efficiency and substrate desorption rate. PMID:17081747

Venkata Mohan, S; Ramakrishna, M; Shailaja, S; Sarma, P N

2007-09-01

361

Chemical kinetics of water-rock interactions  

Microsoft Academic Search

The recent literature on the kinetics of water-rock interactions is reviewed. The data are then extended to provide a quantitative framework for the description of weathering and alteration. The available experimental data on dissolution of silicates verifies quantitatively the usual mineral stability series in sedimentary petrology. The rate of hydration of carbonic acid is shown to be a possible limiting

Antonio C. Lasaga

1984-01-01

362

Groundwater and Surface Water: Understanding the Interaction  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site provides an introduction to groundwater-surface water interactions and how groundwater can be affected by land use. The page describes threats to groundwater, common contaminants, sources of contamination, and groundwater management approaches and tools. A short glossary and a groundwater quiz are also included.

Nancy Phillips

363

Thiouracils: Structures, Tautomerism, Interaction with Water, and  

E-print Network

, interaction with water, and base pairing, in order to shed a certain light on the problem of why, 2] due to designing of potential antiviral and antitumor drugs [3]. One of these thiated nucleobases is identified as a minor constituent of tRNA, anticancer drugs, and peptide nucleic acids PNAs [4

Nguyen, Minh Tho

364

Invariant soil water potential at zero microbial respiration explained by hydrological discontinuity in dry soils  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

microbial respiration rates decrease with soil drying, ceasing below water potentials around -15 MPa. A proposed mechanism for this pattern is that under dry conditions, microbes are substrate limited because solute diffusivity is halted due to breaking of water film continuity. However, pore connectivity estimated from hydraulic conductivity and solute diffusivity (at Darcy's scale) is typically interrupted at much less negative water potentials than microbial respiration (-0.1 to -1 MPa). It is hypothesized here that the more negative respiration thresholds than at the Darcy's scale emerge because microbial activity is restricted to microscale soil patches that retain some hydrological connectivity even when it is lost at the macroscale. This hypothesis is explored using results from percolation theory and meta-analyses of respiration-water potential curves and hydrological percolation points. When reducing the spatial scale from macroscale to microscale, hydrological and respiration thresholds become consistent, supporting the proposed hypothesis.

Manzoni, S.; Katul, G.

2014-10-01

365

Spatial Distribution of Soil Nutrients in a Northern Everglades Marsh: Water Conservation Area 2A  

E-print Network

Spatial Distribution of Soil Nutrients in a Northern Everglades Marsh: Water Conservation Area 2A W of P, N, C, and related physico-chemical parameters in the peat soils (Histosols) of Water Conservation

Florida, University of

366

ARNOLD W. SCHUMANN Soil and Water Science  

E-print Network

;Schumann, A.W. and Q. Zaman. 2003. Mapping water table depth by electromagnetic induction. Applied with single-tree prescription zones. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 22(1): 19-24. Zaman, Q. and A of citrus fruit yield using ultrasonically-sensed tree size. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 22(1): 39

Jawitz, James W.

367

Water use, productivity and interactions among desert plants  

SciTech Connect

Water plays a central role affecting all aspects of the dynamics in aridland ecosystems. Productivity, stability, and competitive interactions among ecosystem components within aridlands are key processes related directly to water in deserts. The ecological studies in this project revolve around one fundamental premise: that integrated aspects of plant metabolism provide insight into the structure and function of plant communities and ecosystems. While it is difficult to extrapolate from instantaneous physiological observations to higher scales, such as whole plant performance or to interactions between plants as components of ecosystems, several key aspects of plant metabolism are scalable. Analyses of stable isotopic composition in plant tissues at natural abundance levels provide a useful tool that can provide insight into the consequences of physiological processes over temporal and spatial scales. Some plant processes continuously fractionate among light and heavy stable isotopic forms of an element; over time this results in integrated measures of plant metabolism. For example, carbon isotope fractionation during photosynthesis results in leaf carbon isotopic composition that is a measure of the set-point for photosynthetic metabolism and of water-use efficiency. Thus it provides information on the temporal scaling of a key physiological process. In contrast, hydrogen is not fractionated during water uptake through the root. Soil water availability in shallow, deep, and/or groundwater layers vary spatially; therefore hydrogen isotope ratios of xylem sap provide a direct measure of the water source currently used by a plant. The longer-term record of carbon and hydrogen isotope ratios is recorded annually in xylem tissues (tree rings). The research in this project addresses variation in stable isotopic composition of aridland plants and its consequences for plant performance and community-level interactions.

Ehleringer, J.R.

1992-11-17

368

Interactive Effects of Soil Drainage and Time Since Burn on Transpiration of Boreal Black Spruce Forests  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boreal forests and their changing fire frequencies are of interest in global climate change because they comprise one-third of the world's forest coverage and store large amounts of carbon. Much of this carbon storage is due to peat formation in cold, poorly-drained boreal soils. Here, evapotranspiration plays a crucial role in the interaction between carbon and water cycles. The main objective of this study is to quantify the amount of water being released through transpiration as boreal forest stands recover from wildfires across well- to poorly-drained soil conditions. Species composition of this region of boreal forest changes during succession in well-drained soils from a mix of Picea mariana (black spruce), Pinus banksiana (jack pine), and Populus tremuloides (trembling aspen) in younger stands to being dominated solely by Picea mariana in older stands. Poorly-drained soils are dominated by Picea mariana throughout the chronosequence. Previous work in well-drained stands recovering from wildfires showed that in all but the oldest black spruce stands 1) tree transpiration changed dramatically with stand age due to sapwood-to-leaf area ratio dynamics and 2) minimum leaf water potential was kept constant to prevent excessive cavitation. Thus, we hypothesized that 1) minimum leaf water potential would be constant and 2) transpiration would be proportional to the sapwood-to- leaf area ratio across both stand age and soil drainage except for the two oldest black spruce stands. We tested these hypotheses by measuring leaf water potential (Psi) of 95 trees and sap flux from 111 trees. Mixed results were found in Picea mariana Psi between well- and poorly-drained areas of each stand age, with only the 17-year-old burn in July (average midday Psi of -0.77 and -1.08 MPa for well- and poorly drained respectively) and the 76-year-old burn in June (average predawn Psi of -0.52 and -0.42 MPa for well- and poorly drained respectively) differing significantly. Growing season averages of Psi for Picea mariana resulted in significantly different values of -0.29, -0.44, -0.42, -0.34 for pre-dawn and -1.09, -1.37, -1.20, -1.25 MPa for mid- day at the17-, 42-, 76-, and 156-year-old burns respectively. Our results show that stand age has more of an influence on black spruce water potentials and, likely, stand transpiration per unit leaf area than soil drainage. Thus, regional scale process models of boreal forest transpiration can be simplified with respect to soil drainage while retaining mechanistic rigor with respect to plant hydraulics.

Angstmann, J. L.; Ewers, B. E.; Kwon, H.; Bond-Lamberty, B.; Amiro, B.; Gower, S. T.

2006-12-01

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Factors controlling soil water and stream water aluminum concentrations after a clearcut in a forested watershed with calcium-poor soils  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The 24 ha Dry Creek watershed in the Catskill Mountains of southeastern New York State USA was clearcut during the winter of 1996-1997. The interactions among acidity, nitrate (NO3- ), aluminum (Al), and calcium (Ca2+) in streamwater, soil water, and groundwater were evaluated to determine how they affected the speciation, solubility, and concentrations of Al after the harvest. Watershed soils were characterized by low base saturation, high exchangeable Al concentrations, and low exchangeable base cation concentrations prior to the harvest. Mean streamwater NO3- concentration was about 20 ??mol l-1 for the 3 years before the harvest, increased sharply after the harvest, and peaked at 1,309 ??mol l -1 about 5 months after the harvest. Nitrate and inorganic monomeric aluminum (Alim) export increased by 4-fold during the first year after the harvest. Alim mobilization is of concern because it is toxic to some fish species and can inhibit the uptake of Ca2+ by tree roots. Organic complexation appeared to control Al solubility in the O horizon while ion exchange and possibly equilibrium with imogolite appeared to control Al solubility in the B horizon. Alim and NO3- concentrations were strongly correlated in B-horizon soil water after the clearcut (r2 = 0.96), especially at NO3- concentrations greater than 100 ??mol l-1. Groundwater entering the stream from perennial springs contained high concentrations of base cations and low concentrations of NO3- which mixed with acidic, high Alim soil water and decreased the concentration of Alim in streamwater after the harvest. Five years after the harvest soil water NO 3- concentrations had dropped below preharvest levels as the demand for nitrogen by regenerating vegetation increased, but groundwater NO3- concentrations remained elevated because groundwater has a longer residence time. As a result streamwater NO3- concentrations had not fallen below preharvest levels, even during the growing season, 5 years after the harvest because of the contribution of groundwater to the stream. Streamwater NO3- and Alim concentrations increased more than reported in previous forest harvesting studies and the recovery was slower likely because the watershed has experienced several decades of acid deposition that has depleted initially base-poor soils of exchangeable base cations and caused long-term acidification of the soil. ?? 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

McHale, M.R.; Burns, D.A.; Lawrence, G.B.; Murdoch, P.S.

2007-01-01

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Effects of a layer of vegetative ash layer on wettable and water repellent soil hydrology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Following a wildfire, a layer of vegetative ash often covers the ground until it is dissolved or redistributed by wind and water erosion. Much of the existing literature suggests that the ash layer temporally reduces infiltration by clogging soil pores or by forming a surface crust (Mallik et al., 1984; Onda et al., 2008). However, an increasing number of field-based studies have found that, at least in the short term, ash increases infiltration by storing rainfall and protecting the underlying soil from sealing (Cerdà and Doerr, 2008; Woods and Balfour, 2008). On the other hand, after a fire the soil may have produced, enhanced or reduced its water repellency (Doerr et al., 2000). Very few studies have been taken into account the interaction of the ash and the repellent soil. The layer of ash may have similar role as a litter layer in delaying runoff and reducing erosion by storing water. In order to examine this interaction, it was been made a series of experiments using a laboratory rainfall simulation. It has been assessed the effects of an ash layer i) on a wettable and water repellent soil (WDPT > 7200s), ii) with different ash thicknesses (bare soil and 5 mm, 15 mm and 30 mm of ash), iii) preceding and following the first rain after a fire when the ground is still wetted and after being partially dried. Three replicates were done, being a total of 40 simulations. The ash used was collected from a Wildfire in Teruel (Spain) during summer of 2009. The simulations were conducted in metal boxes of 30x30 cm and filled with 3 cm of soil. The slope of the box was set at 10° (17%) and the intensity applied was 78-84 mm h-1during 40 minutes. The splash detachment was determined also using four splash cups. Overland flow and subsurface drainage was collected at 1-minute intervals and the former stored every 5 min to allow determination of sediment concentrations, yield and erosion rates. Each sample was examined at the end in terms of water repellency, infiltration pattern and ash incorporation into the soil. The results show that when ash covers the wettable soil, runoff occur for a short period of time in the middle of the event. It occurred latter on time but larger in quantity as the ash thickness increases (from 0% to 2% of runoff coefficient) and at the same time drainage is reduced (from 57 to 24%). This suggests that the ash layer became saturated and produce runoff until the water is able to drain into the soil. Oppositely, in water repellent soil as ash thickness increases both runoff is reduced (from 78% to 26%) and drainage is increased (from 0 to 16%). That fact indicates a modification in the hydraulic conductivity of the repellent soil due to the pressure of the ash layer. Splash and erosion rates are bigger in water repellent soils yet erosion rates never exceed 2.5 g m-2 h-1. The fact of wetting increases the runoff and drainage rates in wettable but reduce them in the water repellent soil. An irregular infiltration pattern is observed afterwards. After drying the soil, the increase in runoff indicates a crust formation. Moreover, in water repellent soils part of the repellency is reestablished. These findings demonstrate that the interaction of the soil-ash layer should be considered and better studied in the immediate hydrological response after wildfire due to its particular behavior. References Cerdà, A. and Doerr, S.H., 2008. The effect of ash and needle cover on surface runoff and erosion in the immediate post-fire period. Catena, 74: 256-263. Doerr, S.H., Shakesby, R.A. and Walsh, R.P.D., 2000. Soil Water repellency: Its causes, characteristics and hydro-geomorphological significance. Earth Science Reviews, 51: 33-65. Mallik, A.U., Gimingham, C.H. and Rahman, A.A., 1984. Ecological effects of heater burning. I. Water infiltration, moisture retention and porosity of surface soil. Journal of Ecology, 72: 767-776. Onda, Y., Dietrich, W.E. and Booker, F., 2008. Evolution of overland flow after a severe forest fire, Point Reyes, California. Catena, 72: 13-20. Woods, S.W. and Balfour, V., 2008. The

Bodí, Merche B.; Doerr, Stefan H.; Cerdà, Artemi; Mataix-Solera, Jorge

2010-05-01

371

Soil water repellency and infiltration in coarse-textured soils of burned and unburned sagebrush ecosystems  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Millions of dollars are spent each year in the United States to mitigate the effects of wildfires and reduce the risk of flash floods and debris flows. Research from forested, chaparral, and rangeland communities indicate severe wildfires can cause significant increases in soil water repellency res...

372

Tillage depth and timing effects on soil water profiles in two semiarid soils  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

The two-year winter wheat--fallow rotation continues to be the most profitable and productive cropping system in much of the Pacific Northwest, USA. Sustainability of soils in the region depends on our ability to halt or greatly reduce wind and water erosion. An incomplete understanding of how tille...

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In-Soil and Down-Hole Soil Water Sensors: Characteristics for Irrigation Management  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

The past use of soil water sensors for irrigation management was variously hampered by high cost, onerous regulations in the case of the neutron probe (NP), difficulty of installation or maintenance, and poor accuracy. Although many sensors are now available, questions of their utility still abound....

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ASSIMILATION OF SURFACE SOIL MOISTURE TO ESTIMATE PROFILE SOIL WATER CONTENT: A FIELD AND MODELING EXPERIMENT  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Data assimilation is a relatively new area of research as related to the integration of remote sensing data and soil water modeling. Most of the related studies reported in the literature have largely been theoretical in nature since field data needed to verify the modeling results were often not a...

375

SOIL-ROOT INTERFACE WATER POTENTIAL IN PrunusXcistena GROWN IN DIFFERENT ARTIFICIAL MIXES  

Microsoft Academic Search

Xu H. L., CARON J., BERNIER P. Y., GAUTHIER L. and GOSSELIN A. Soil-root interface water potential in Prunusxcistena grown in different artificial mixes. BIOTRONICS 24, 35-43, 1995. The water potential at soil-root interface (Ys,), indicates soil water availability at the point of contact between the root and the soil. It is important in the pathway of water flow from

H. L. Xu; P. Y. BERNIER; L. GAUTHIER; A. GOSSELIN

376

Impact of soil water property parameterization on atmospheric boundary layer simulation  

Microsoft Academic Search

Both the form of functional relationships applied for soil water properties and the natural field-scale variability of such properties can significantly impact simulation of the soil-plant-atmosphere system on a diurnal timescale. Various input parameters for soil water properties including effective saturation, residual water content, anerobiosis point, field capacity, and permanent wilting point are incorporated into functions describing soil water retention,

Richard H. Cuenca; Michael Ek; Larry Mahrt

1996-01-01

377

Effects of soil water stress and twospotted spider mites on net photosynthesis and transpiration of apple leaves.  

PubMed

Soil water stress and twospotted spider mites (Tetranychus urticae Koch) were tested for their influence on the content and activity of leaves of greenhouse grown Delicious apple trees. Soil water stress caused reductions in net photosynthesis (Pn), transpiration (Tr), and shoot growth. Leaf water potential was decreased by both water stress and mite feeding. Feeding of 15 adult mites/leaf for 28 days resulted in a 16% reduction in Pn while an initial population of 10 mites leaf/left to develop for 20 days reduced Pn by 27%. Mite feeding reduced leaf nitrogen and non-structural carbohydrate levels when sampled 20 days after placement on the leaf. There was no interaction between the changed physiology of the leaf due to soil water stress and mite feeding. PMID:24470083

Ferree, D C; Hall, F R

1980-09-01

378

Wildfire impacts on soil-water retention in the Colorado Front Range, United States  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This work examined the plot-scale differences in soil-water retention caused by wildfire in the area of the 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire in the Colorado Front Range, United States. We measured soil-water retention curves on intact cores and repacked samples, soil particle-size distributions, and organic matter content. Estimates were also made of plant-available water based on the soil-water retention curves. Parameters for use in soil-hydraulic property models were estimated; these parameters can be used in unsaturated flow modeling for comparing burned and unburned watersheds. The primary driver for measured differences in soil-water retention in burned and unburned soils was organic matter content and not soil-particle size distribution. The tendency for unburned south-facing soils to have greater organic matter content than unburned north-facing soils in this field area may explain why unburned south-facing soils had greater soil-water retention than unburned north-facing soils. Our results suggest that high-severity wildfire can "homogenize" soil-water retention across the landscape by erasing soil-water retention differences resulting from organic matter content, which for this site may be affected by slope aspect. This homogenization could have important implications for ecohydrology and plant succession/recovery in burned areas, which could be a factor in dictating the window of vulnerability of the landscape to flash floods and erosion that are a common consequence of wildfire.

Ebel, Brian A.

2012-12-01

379

Soil and water characteristics of a young surface mine wetland  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Coal companies are reluctant to include wetland development in reclamation plans partly due to a lack of information on the resulting characteristics of such sites. It is easier for coal companies to recreate terrestrial habitats than to attempt experimental methods and possibly face significant regulatory disapproval. Therefore, we studied a young (10 years) wetland on a reclaimed surface coal mine in southern Illinois so as to ascertain soil and water characteristics such that the site might serve as a model for wetland development on surface mines. Water pH was not measured because of equipment problems, but evidence (plant life, fish, herpetofauna) suggests suitable pH levels. Other water parameters (conductivity, salinity, alkalinity, chloride, copper, total hardness, iron, manganese, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, and sulfate) were measured, and only copper was seen in potentially high concentrations (but with no obvious toxic effects). Soil variables measured included pH, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, aluminum, iron, sulfate, chloride, and percent organic matter. Soils were slightly alkaline and most parameters fell within levels reported for other studies on both natural and manmade wetlands. Aluminum was high, but this might be indicative more of large amounts complexed with soils and therefore unavailable, than amounts actually accessible to plants. Organic matter was moderate, somewhat surprising given the age of the system.

Andrew Cole, C.; Lefebvre, Eugene A.

1991-05-01

380

Reflectance of vegetation, soil, and water  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The author has identified the following significant results. The Kubelka-Munk model, a regression model, and a combination of these models were used to extract plant, soil, and shadow reflectance components of vegetated surfaces. The combination model was superior to the others; it explained 86% of the variation in band 5 reflectance of corn and sorghum, and 90% of the variation in band 6 reflectance of cotton. A fractional shadow term substantially increased the proportion of the digital count sum of squares explained when plant parameters alone explained 85% or less of the variation. Overall recognition of 94 agricultural fields using simultaneously acquired aircraft and spacecraft MSS data was 61.8 and 62.8%, respectively; recognition of vegetable fields larger than 10 acres and taller than 25 cm, rose to 88.9 and 100% for aircraft and spacecraft, respectively. Agriculture and rangeland, were well discriminated for the entire county but level 2 categories of vegetables, citrus, and idle cropland, except for citrus, were not.

Wiegand, C. L. (principal investigator)

1974-01-01

381

Reflectance of vegetation, soil, and water  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The author has identified the following significant results. A ratio of MSS channels 5 and 7 (5/7) and 5 to 6 (5/6) signals resulted in a correct recognition of 86.9% of the members of representative crop and soil conditions, compared with recognitions of 60.0, 64.1, 74.1, and 81.4% for channels 4, 5, 6, and 7 taken individually. Based on this result a satellite channel ratio procedure has been developed that enhances line printer gray maps for more efficient experimental test site location in the CCT data. Because independent estimates are not available to judge acreage estmates derived from ERTS-1 data against, except for a few crops, an interpenetrating sample constituting 3.5% of the county is ground truthed periodically. The crop of land uses and their acreages, respectively, as estimated from the interpenetrating samples, are: cotton, 129, 714; sorghum, 182,783; mixed citrus, 53,954; oranges, 16,929; grapefruit, 13,863; rangeland, 137,845; and, improved pastures, 57.169.

Wiegand, C. L. (principal investigator)

1973-01-01

382

Numerical Analysis of coupled liquid water, water vapor and heat transport in a sandy loam soil  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Water vapor transport could be significant in arid areas such as southern New Mexico. Temporal soil moisture variations in unsaturated soils due to temperature gradients are characterized by the water vapor transport in the surface soil layer as liquid water movement could be very small especially when surface soil moisture is low. Numerical model Hydrus-1D was applied to investigate non-isothermal liquid and vapor flow closely coupled with the heat transport in a furrow-irrigated onion field located at Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center, Las Cruces. TDR and temperature sensors were installed to continuously monitor diurnal soil moisture and temperature variations in sandy loam onion beds at 5, 10, 20, and 50 cm depths during the entire growing season. Meteorological data were obtained from PSRC weather station. Hydrus-1D simulated soil moisture and temperature favorably contrasted against measured data at different depths. Simulations indicated that both liquid and vapor fluxes contributed to the water transport near surface. Liquid flux dominated the water movement during an irrigation event, while contribution of vapor flux increased with increasing soil drying. Vapor flux decreased from 5 cm to 25 cm depth, indicating that water vapor flux is much higher in the layer near soil surface. Both diffusive and dispersive transports are responsible for the vapor flux in the near-surface dry zone, while convective liquid flux was the main transport mechanism in the near-surface wet lower zone. In near-surface wet zone, diffusive flux decreased and changed from upward to downward flux.

Shukla, M. K.; Deb, S.; Sharma, P.

2009-12-01

383

Soil Moisture/ Tree Water Status Dynamics in Mid-Latitude Montane Forest, Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory, CA  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As part of an effort to understand the root-water-nutrient interactions in the multi-dimensional soil/vegetation system surrounding large trees, in August 2008 we instrumented a mature white fir (Abies concolor) and the surrounding soil to better define the water balance in a single tree. In July 2010, we instrumented a second tree, a Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) in shallower soils on a drier, exposed slope. The trees are located in a mixed-conifer forest at an elevation of 2000m in the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory. The deployment of more than 250 sensors to measure temperature, volumetric water content, matric potential, and snow depth surrounding the two trees complements sap-flow measurements in the trunk and stem-water-potential measurements in the canopy to capture the seasonal cycles of soil wetting and drying. We show here the results of a multi-year deployment of soil moisture sensors as critical integrators of hydrologic/ biotic interaction in a forested catchment. Sensor networks such as deployed here are a valuable tool in closing the water budget in dynamic forested catchments. While the exchange of energy, water and carbon is continuous, the pertinent fluxes are strongly heterogeneous in both space and time. Thus, the prediction of the behavior of the system across multiple scales constitutes a major challenge.

Hartsough, P. C.; Malazian, A.; Meadows, M. W.; Roudneva, K.; Storch, J.; Bales, R. C.; Hopmans, J. W.

2010-12-01

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Soil Water Retention Measurements Using a Combined Tensiometer-Coiled Time Domain Reflectometry Probe  

E-print Network

Soil Water Retention Measurements Using a Combined Tensiometer-Coiled Time Domain Reflectometry al., 1975; Arya et al.,that can be used to determine soil water retention curves in both 1975; Royer of a standard tensiometer. The combined tensiometer-coiled TDR probe was con- of soil water retention curves

Wildenschild, Dorthe

385

26 CFR 1.175-1 - Soil and water conservation expenditures; in general.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

...2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Corporations (continued) § 1.175-1 Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Under section 175, a farmer may deduct his soil or water conservation...

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26 CFR 1.175-1 - Soil and water conservation expenditures; in general.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

...2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Corporations (continued) § 1.175-1 Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Under section 175, a farmer may deduct his soil or water conservation...

2011-04-01

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26 CFR 1.175-1 - Soil and water conservation expenditures; in general.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

...2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Corporations (continued) § 1.175-1 Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Under section 175, a farmer may deduct his soil or water conservation...

2013-04-01

388

26 CFR 1.175-1 - Soil and water conservation expenditures; in general.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

...2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Corporations (continued) § 1.175-1 Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Under section 175, a farmer may deduct his soil or water conservation...

2012-04-01

389

26 CFR 1.175-1 - Soil and water conservation expenditures; in general.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

...2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Corporations (continued) § 1.175-1 Soil and water conservation expenditures; in...Under section 175, a farmer may deduct his soil or water conservation...

2010-04-01

390

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

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

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...

391

Continuous measurement of plant and soil water status for irrigation scheduling in plum  

Microsoft Academic Search

The usefulness of continuous measurement of soil and plant water status for automated irrigation scheduling was studied in a drip-irrigation experiment on plum ( Prunus salicina Black Gold). Two levels of water restriction were imposed at different phenological periods (from pit-hardening to harvest, post-harvest) and compared with a well irrigated control treatment. Soil matrix water potential ( ? soil) was

D. S. Intrigliolo; J. R. Castel

2004-01-01

392

Water extractable phosphorus in soils as impacted by cropping system, tillage practice, and amendment history  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Water extracted phosphorus (P) is the most labile P pool in soil. Thus, the level of water extracted P is an important parameter in evaluating the runoff potential of soil P. This work compared the water extracted inorganic P (WEPi) and organic P (WEPo) levels in three soils as impacted by crop man...

393

COMPARISON OF PLOT SCALE AVERAGE GRAVIMETRIC SOIL WATER CONTENTS WITH DATA FROM CALIBRATED MULTISENSOR CAPACITANCE PROBES  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Multisensor capacitance probes (MCPs) provide unparalleled spatial and temporal resolution to soil water content measurements. They are utilized in many applications where soil water availability needs monitoring. The objective of this work was to assess errors in plot scale soil volumetric water co...

394

ESTIMATION OF SOIL WATER CONTENT AND EVAPOTRANSPIRATION OF DRYLAND CROPS USING THE NEUTRON MOISTURE METER  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

In semi-arid regions, soil water availability is often more correlated with crop yields than any other soil or meteorological factor. Thus, quantification of soil water depletion by crops is important in estimating seasonal water use and evaluating alternative dryland cropping strategies, crop speci...

395

Monitoring near surface soil water and associated dynamics of infiltration and evaporation fluxes  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

In-situ monitoring of soil water has the advantage of integrating the precipitation, evaporation history, and gradual changes in hydraulic properties on the aggregate response of the system, which is manifested as soil water storage. Near-surface soil water and temperature dynamics were monitored th...

396

A Cellular Automata Model for Soil Erosion by Water D. D'Ambrosio1  

E-print Network

A Cellular Automata Model for Soil Erosion by Water D. D'Ambrosio1 , S. Di Gregorio1 , S. Gabriele2 Automata model for soil erosion by water, SCAVATU, was developed. It involves a larger number of states some of the most significant processes of the phe- nomenon: water flow, infiltration, soil erosion

D'Ambrosio, Donato

397

Invariant soil water potential at zero microbial respiration explained by hydrological  

E-print Network

Invariant soil water potential at zero microbial respiration explained by hydrological Carolina, USA Abstract Soil microbial respiration rates decrease with soil drying, ceasing below water) is typically interrupted at much less negative water potentials than microbial respiration (Ã?0.1 to Ã?1 MPa

Katul, Gabriel

398

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...

399

ASSESSMENT OF ADOPTION BEHAVIOR OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICES IN THE KOGA WATERSHED, HIGHLANDS OF  

E-print Network

ASSESSMENT OF ADOPTION BEHAVIOR OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICES IN THE KOGA WATERSHED Ethiopia. Even though a number of soil and water conservation methods were introduced to combat land' views on land degradation and to assess their adoption behavior of soil and water conservation knowledge

Walter, M.Todd

400

SOIL FUNGI ALTER INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE INVADER CENTAUREA MACULOSA AND NORTH AMERICAN NATIVES  

Microsoft Academic Search

Soil microbes may affect the way exotic invasive plants interact with native neighbors. We investigated the effects of soil fungi on interactions between the invasive weed Centaurea maculosa(spotted knapweed) and six species native to the intermountain prairies of the northwestern United States. We also compared the effect of C. maculosa on the composition of the soil microbial community to that

Ragan M. Callaway; Giles C. Thelen; Sara Barth; Philip W. Ramsey; James E. Gannon

2004-01-01

401

The impact of soil moisture variability on seasonal convective precipitation simulations via the soil-boundary layer interaction.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is known that besides forcing by synoptic-scale processes, the boundary layer conditions often play a key role for the initiation of convective precipitation. The evolution and conditions of the boundary layer depend considerably on the transformation of the available energy at the Earth's surface into sensible and latent heat fluxes. The soil moisture (SM), besides other factors such as the vegetation coverage, land use and soil type, is one of the main factors governing this energy transformation. Additionally, the availability of humidity in the atmosphere is controlled by a number of processes including land surface processes, which in turn are strongly influenced by spatially variable fields of SM. Thus, an accurate specification of the SM distribution is a critical requirement in the representation of land and surface processes in forecast and climate models. Moreover, soil-atmosphere interactions, in particular, the SM-precipitation feedback, are highly relevant for numerical weather prediction and seasonal forecasting. Despite being a long-standing topic in research, different studies present inconclusive results showing some evidence for positive, negative, and no feedbacks depending on region and investigated period, model characteristics and resolution. Reliable data sets for validation or initialization of model simulations are frequently not at one's disposal; especially the SM is currently one of the least assessed quantities with almost no data from operational monitoring networks available. In summer 2007, the field campaign 'Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study' (COPS) was performed in south-western Germany and eastern France. During COPS an innovative measurement approach using a very high number of different SM sensors was introduced. Each station was equipped with sensors at three different depths (5, 20 and 50cm) simultaneously measuring SM and soil temperature. The COPS data set, which provided suitable observations for model validation, in combination with seasonal climate simulations with the Consortium for Small-Scale modelling (COSMO) model in his climate version (CCLM) were used to investigate the seasonal climatology of the investigation area, as well as the interactions between the soil and the atmosphere in the complex orographic region of western Germany and eastern France. The impact of realistic model initialization with SM measurements from COPS on convective precipitation will be discussed. Additionally, the impact of the prescribed soil type distribution on seasonal climate simulations will be demonstrated. The combination of dense observations with CCLM simulations permitted a rigorous analysis of the water transfer process chain from SM and fluxes to convective initiation and precipitation.

Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.; Schädler, G.

2012-04-01

402

Effects of Soil Reinforcing Materials on the Surface Hardness, Soil Bulk Density, and Water Content of a Sand Root Zone  

Microsoft Academic Search

increased surface hardness on two of the 11 rating dates. When the rate was increased to 7.5 g kg 1 , significant This study was conducted to determine the effect of various types increases in surface hardness were reported on eight of and rates of soil reinforcing materials on soil bulk density, soil water the 11 rating dates. During dry

A. S. McNitt; P. J. Landschoot

2003-01-01

403

Spatio-temporal patterns of soil water storage under dryland agriculture at the watershed scale  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

SummarySpatio-temporal patterns of soil water are major determinants of crop yield potential in dryland agriculture and can serve as the basis for delineating precision management zones. Soil water patterns can vary significantly due to differences in seasonal precipitation, soil properties and topographic features. In this study we used empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analysis to characterize the spatial variability of soil water at the Washington State University Cook Agronomy Farm (CAF) near Pullman, WA. During the period 1999-2006, the CAF was divided into three roughly equal blocks (A, B, and C), and soil water at 0.3 m intervals to a depth of 1.5 m measured gravimetrically at approximately one third of the 369 geo-referenced points on the 37-ha watershed. These data were combined with terrain attributes, soil bulk density and apparent soil conductivity (EC a). The first EOF generated from the three blocks explained 73-76% of the soil water variability. Field patterns of soil water based on EOF interpolation varied between wet and dry conditions during spring and fall seasons. Under wet conditions, elevation and wetness index were the dominant factors regulating the spatial patterns of soil water. As soil dries out during summer and fall, soil properties (EC a and bulk density) become more important in explaining the spatial patterns of soil water. The EOFs generated from block B, which represents average topographic and soil properties, provided better estimates of soil water over the entire watershed with larger Nash-Sutcliffe Coefficient of Efficiency (NSCE) values, especially when the first two EOFs were retained. Including more than the first two EOFs did not significantly increase the NSCE of soil water estimate. The EOF interpolation method to estimate soil water variability worked slightly better during spring than during fall, with average NSCE values of 0.23 and 0.20, respectively. The predictable patterns of stored soil water in the spring could serve as the basis for delineating precision management zones as yield potential is largely driven by water availability. The EOF-based method has the advantage of estimating the soil water variability based on soil water data from several measurement times, whereas in regression methods only soil water measurement at a single time are used. The EOF-based method can also be used to estimate soil water at any time other than measurement times, assuming the average soil water of the watershed is known at that time.

Ibrahim, Hesham M.; Huggins, David R.

2011-07-01

404

Interactions between soil moisture and Atmospheric Boundary Layer at the Brazilian savana-type vegetation Cerrado  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Before the large people influx and development of the central part of Brazil in the sixties, due to new capital Brasília, Cerrado, a typical Brazilian savanna-type vegetation, used to occupy about 2 million km2, going all the way from the Amazon tropical forest, in the north of the country, to the edges of what used to be of the Atlantic forest in the southeast. Today, somewhat 50% of this area has given place to agriculture, pasture and managed forests. It is forecasted that, at the current rate of this vegetation displacement, Cerrado will be gone by 2030. Understanding how Cerrado interacts with the atmosphere and how this interaction will be modified with this land-use change is a crucial step towards improving predictions of future climate-change scenarios. Cerrado is a vegetation adapted to a climate characterized by two very distinct seasons, a wet season (Nov-Mar) and dry season (May-Ago), with April and October being transitions between seasons. Typically, based on measurements in a weather station located in Brasilia, 75% of precipitation happens in the wet-season months and only 5% during dry-season. Under these circumstances, it is clear that the vegetation will have to cope with long periods of water stress. In this work we studied using numerical simulations, the interactions between soil-moisture, responsible for the water stress, with the Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL). The numerical model comprises of a Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere model where the biophysical processes are represented with a big-leaf approach. Soil water is estimated with a simple logistic model and with water-stress effects on stomatal conductance are parameterized from local measurements of simultaneous latent-heat fluxes and soil moisture. ABL evolution is calculate with a slab model that considers independently surface and entrainment fluxes of sensible- and latent- heat. Temperature tropospheric lapse-rate is taken from soundings at local airport. Simulations of 30-day dry down from saturation to complete water stress were performed and is analyzed as far how ABL respond to soil moisture changes. This provides informations about ABL behavior on the transition states. Future studies will look on how this behavior will change with the new vegetation covers.

Pinheiro, L. R.; Siqueira, M. B.

2013-05-01

405

GEOtop 2.0: simulating the combined energy and water balance at and below the land surface accounting for soil freezing, snow cover and terrain effects  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

GEOtop is a fine-scale grid-based simulator that represents the heat and water budgets at and below the soil surface. It describes the three-dimensional water flow in the soil and the energy exchange with the atmosphere, considering the radiative and turbulent fluxes. Furthermore, it reproduces the highly non-linear interactions between the water and energy balance during soil freezing and thawing, and simulates the temporal evolution of the water and energy budgets in the snow cover and their effect on soil temperature. Here, we present the core components of GEOtop 2.0 and demonstrate its functioning. Based on a synthetic simulation, we show that the interaction of processes represented in GEOtop 2.0 can result in phenomena that are significant and relevant for applications involving permafrost and seasonally frozen soils, both in high altitude and latitude regions.

Endrizzi, S.; Gruber, S.; Dall'Amico, M.; Rigon, R.

2014-12-01

406

Determination of water absorption and water holding capacities of different soil mixtures with MINIDRAIN system to enhance the plant growth  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Soil water holding capacity is the amount of water that a given soil can hold against the force of gravity. Soil texture and organic matter are the key components that determine soil water holding capacity. Soils with smaller particle sizes, such as silt and clay have larger surface area can hold more water compared to sand which has large particle sizes which results in smaller surface area. A study report showed that 1% increase in soil humus will result in a 4% increase in stored soil water (Morris, 2004) and 1 part humus holds 4 parts of water (Wheeler and Ward, 1998). Therefore, the more humus that can be added to the soil, the greater the water holding capacity of the soil. As the level of organic matter increases in a soil, the water holding capacity also increases due to the affinity of organic matter for water. The water holding capacity of the soil is determined by the amount of water held in the soil sample vs. the dry weight of the sample. MINIDRAIN is a patented system made of geo-fabric (fleece) or combination of geosynthetics and humus. MINIDRAIN and vegetation nets developed by the company ÖKO-TEX (Linz, Austria) will improve the distribution of water and air in the soils, increase the growth of vegetation and reduce the soil erosion. Depending on the physical configuration, there are four different combinations of MINIDRAIN systems developed by ÖKO-TEX. a) Geotextile (fleece) strips of different sizes (e.g. 5x10x250 mm) b) Net formed strips (drainage nets) of different sizes c) Multilayer geotextile mats with humus, seeds or compost of different sizes (e.g. 10x30x200 mm) d) Multilayer geotextile net formed mats with humus, seeds or compost This paper describes the experimental results of the water absorption and water holding capacity of different forms of MINIDRAIN under different soil mixes. In this experiment, potting soil, coarse sand and LECA (Light weight clay aggregates) balls are mixed with different proportion of MINIDRAIN systems and the water absorption and water holding capacities are measured. A comparison of the results for an optimal combination of soil and MINIDRAIN system has also been made. The results show that, the soil mix with MINIDRAIN system with multilayer mats (with humus) have highest water absorption and water holding capacity among the tested soil mix combinations.

Sudan Acharya, Madhu; Rauchecker, Markus; Wu, Wei

2014-05-01

407

Manure Phosphorus and Surface Water Protection I: Basic Concepts of Soil and Water P  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This lesson focuses on the process of eutrophication; the relationship between land application of manure and soil phosphorus (P) dynamics on P delivery to surface waters; and on the P dynamics in water bodies that result in increased P available to aquatic vegetation.

408

Soil water dynamics, transpiration, and water losses in a crested wheatgrass and native shortgrass ecosystem  

Microsoft Academic Search

The status of water in soil and vegetation was monitored in a stand of crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum) and a nearby shortgrass steppe during a growing season. This was done to determine if water use and losses were similar among two very different communities in a similar climate. Precipitation was similar throughout the study period for both the crested wheatgrass

M. J. Trlica; M. E. Biondini

1990-01-01

409

System for high throughput water extraction from soil material for stable isotope analysis of water  

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

A major limitation in the use of stable isotope of water in ecological studies is the time that is required to extract water from soil and plant samples. Using vacuum distillation the extraction time can be less than one hour per sample. Therefore, assembling a distillation system that can process m...

410

The importance of plant-soil interactions for N mineralisation in different soil types  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The last hundred years has seen major advancements in our knowledge of nitrogen mineralisation in soil, but key drivers and controls remain poorly understood. Due to an increase in the global population there is a higher demand on food production. To accommodate this demand agriculture has increased its use of N based fertilizers, but these pose risks for water quality and GHG emissions as N can be lost through nitrate leaching, ammonia volatilization, and denitrification processes (Velthof, et al., 2009). Therefore, understanding the underlying processes that determine the soils ability to supply N to the plant is vital for effective optimisation of N-fertilisation with crop demand. Carbon rich compounds exuded from plant roots to the rhizosphere, which are utilized by the microbial biomass and support activities including nutrient transformations, may be a key unaccounted for driver of N mineralisation. The main aim of this study was to study the impact of root exudates on turnover of C and N in soil, as mediated by the microbial community. Two soil types, known to contrast in N-mineralisation capacity, were used to determine relationships between C inputs, organic matter mineralisation (priming effects) and N fluxes. 15N and 13C stable isotope approaches were used to quantify the importance of rhizosphere processes on C and N mineralisation. Gross nitrogen mineralisation was measured using 15N pool dilution. Total soil CO2 efflux was measured and 13C isotope partitioning was applied to quantify SOM turnover and microbial biomass respiration. Also, 13C was traced through the microbial biomass (chloroform fumigation) to separate pool-substitution effects (apparent priming) from altered microbial utilisation of soil organic matter (real priming effects). Addition of labile carbon resulted in an increase in N-mineralisation from soil organic matter in both soils. Concurrent with this there was an increase in microbial biomass size, indicating that labile C elicited real priming effects that mobilised N from organic matter. The results from this experiment indicate that rhizosphere processes play an important role in mediating rates of C and N mineralisation and should be accounted for in estimating soil N-supply capacities. Velthof, G.L., Oudendag, D., Witzke, H.P., Asman, W.A.H., Klimont, Z., Oenema, O., 2009. Integrated assessment of nitrogen losses from agriculture in EU-27 using MITERRA-EUROPE. Journal of Environmental Quality 38, 402-417.

Murphy, Conor; Paterson, Eric; Baggs, Elizabeth; Morley, Nicholas; Wall, David; Schulte, Rogier

2013-04-01

411

Soil water content and water supply of plants in the southern Crimea  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In cinnamonic soils of the Nikitsky Botanical Garden (Crimea), the average productive water reserves (WR) under different plants in 1981-1990 exhibited close correlation with the field water capacity (FC) and the productive moisture range, which is equal to the difference between the FC and the permanent wilting point (WP). The soil water content (SWC) regularly increased with the depth. An 8-year-long variation cycle of the meteorological conditions and the WR was revealed. A correlation between the WR and the precipitation was noted. The relationship of the occurrence frequencies of the FC and WR with their values was analogous to the Maxwell distribution close to the normal (Gaussian) distribution.

Sudnitsyn, I. I.

2008-01-01

412

MODELING SHALLOW GROUNDWATER TABLE CONTRIBUTION TO SOIL WATER RETENTION IN THE UNSATURATED ZONE OF A CALCAREOUS SOIL OF SOUTH  

E-print Network

1 MODELING SHALLOW GROUNDWATER TABLE CONTRIBUTION TO SOIL WATER RETENTION IN THE UNSATURATED ZONE. But specially for conferring me the opportunity of learning and developing my interests in water resources.............................................................................................................................15 Shallow Groundwater Capillarity

Migliaccio, Kati White

413

The water-soluble argentivorous molecule: Ag(+)-? interactions in water.  

PubMed

Ag(+)-? interactions between Ag(+) ions and a water-soluble tetra-armed cyclen bearing aromatic side-arms (tetracesium 4,4',4'',4'''-((1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetrayl)tetrakis(methylene))tetrabenzoate, Cs4) are reported. The structure of the Ag(+) complex with Cs4 was examined using cold ESI-MS, and (1)H NMR and UV spectroscopies. It is found that when it forms Ag(+) complexes in water, Cs4 behaves like an insectivorous plant (Venus flytrap). PMID:23685790

Habata, Yoichi; Okeda, Yoko; Ikeda, Mari; Kuwahara, Shunsuke

2013-07-01

414

Tracking water pathways in steep hillslopes by ?18O depth profiles of soil water  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Assessing temporal variations in soil water flow is important, especially at the hillslope scale, to identify mechanisms of runoff and flood generation and pathways for nutrients and pollutants in soils. While surface processes are well considered and parameterized, the assessment of subsurface processes at the hillslope scale is still challenging since measurement of hydrological pathways is connected to high efforts in time, money and personnel work. The latter might not even be possible in alpine environments with harsh winter processes. Soil water stable isotope profiles may offer a time-integrating fingerprint of subsurface water pathways. In this study, we investigated the suitability of soil water stable isotope (?18O) depth profiles to identify water flow paths along two transects of steep subalpine hillslopes in the Swiss Alps. We applied a one-dimensional advection-dispersion model using ?18O values of precipitation (ranging from -24.7 to -2.9‰) as input data to simulate the ?18O profiles of soil water. The variability of ?18O values with depth within each soil profile and a comparison of the simulated and measured ?18O profiles were used to infer information about subsurface hydrological pathways. The temporal pattern of ?18O in precipitation was found in several profiles, ranging from -14.5 to -4.0‰. This suggests that vertical percolation plays an important role even at slope angles of up to 46°. Lateral subsurface flow and/or mixing of soil water at lower slope angles might occur in deeper soil layers and at sites near a small stream. The difference between several observed and simulated ?18O profiles revealed spatially highly variable infiltration patterns during the snowmelt periods: The ?18O value of snow (-17.7 ± 1.9‰) was absent in several measured ?18O profiles but present in the respective simulated ?18O profiles. This indicated overland flow and/or preferential flow through the soil profile during the melt period. The applied methods proved to be a fast and promising tool to obtain time-integrated information on soil water flow paths at the hillslope scale in steep subalpine slopes.

Mueller, Matthias H.; Alaoui, Abdallah; Kuells, Christoph; Leistert, Hannes; Meusburger, Katrin; Stumpp, Christine; Weiler, Markus; Alewell, Christine

2014-11-01

415

Soil erosion-vegetation interactions in Mediterranean-dry reclaimed mining slopes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Mining reclamation in Mediterranean-dry environments represents a complex task. Reclaimed mining slopes are particularly vulnerable to the effects of accelerated soil erosion processes, especially when these processes lead to the formation of rill networks. On the other hand, encouraging early vegetation establishment is perceived as indispensable to reduce the risk of degradation in these man-made ecosystems. This study shows a synthesis of soil erosion-vegetation research conducted in reclaimed mining slopes at El Moral field site (Teruel coalfield, central-east Spain). Our results highlight the role of rill erosion processes in the development of reclaimed ecosystems. Runoff routing is conditioned by the development of rill networks, maximizing the loss of water resources at the slope scale by surface runoff and altering the spatial distribution of soil moisture. As a result, the availability of water resources for plant growth is drastically reduced, affecting vegetation development. Conversely, vegetation exerts a strong effect on soil erosion: erosion rates rapidly decrease with vegetation cover and no significant rill erosion is usually observed after a particular cover threshold is reached. These interactive two-way vegetation-soil erosion relationships are further studied using a novel modeling approach that focuses on stability analysis of water-limited reclaimed slopes. Our framework reproduces two main groups of trends along the temporal evolution of reclaimed slopes: successful trends, characterized by widespread vegetation development and the effective control of rill erosion processes; and gullying trends, characterized by the progressive loss of vegetation and a sharp logistic increase in erosion rates. This stability-analysis also facilitates the determination of threshold values for both vegetation cover and rill erosion that drive the long-term reclamation results, assisting the identification of critical situations that require specific human interventions to ensure the long-term sustainability of the restored ecosystems.

Moreno de las Heras, Mariano; Merino-Martín, Luis; Espigares, Tíscar; Nicolau, José M.

2014-05-01

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