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Application of Soil Physics in Environmental Analyses

Measuring, Modelling and Data Integration

Teixeira, W.G., Ceddia, M.B., Ottoni, M.V., Donnagema, G.K. (Eds.)

2014, XXI, 499 p. 184 illus., 74 illus. in color.

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  • Unique in the state of art in advanced modeling and data analysis in soil physics edited by top scientists worldwide
  • The knowledge that will be collected will be chance for researches and students to have a review of many "hot topics" in soil physics research
  • Used as a guide from selecting sensors to investigate soil physics properties until modeling data and choosing statistical analysis

The importance to preserve soil and water is widely recognized. Soil physics has grown considerably in the last years, however, those advances are thoroughly dispersed. In this volume, the authors will bring together the effectiveness of new field and lab sensors and the state-of-the-art in modeling and data analysis. The topics have been divided as follows: Part 1 - Integrating data in soil physics proposes re-establishing the knowledge chain, linking tacit knowledge to cutting edge science. The use of field soil data or what has been called hydropedology, is discussed and exemplified. Part 2 - Data analysis in soil physics and pedotransfers functions presents the analysis of data in state-space and geostatistical approaches. Part 3 – Different approaches to characterize soil physical quality indicators is focused on new techniques used to characterize, map and interpret soil physical parameters. The challenge of assessing soil physical quality is discussed from the simplest to the most complex indicators. Part 4 -  Sensors and monitoring in soil physics centers the discussion on equipment and sampling techniques for monitoring soil physical parameters. Technological advances are addressed, such as X-ray tomography, which provides a means to evaluate pore topological properties in a noninvasive way. A comparison with in situ and remotely sensed data of soil moisture and limitations in using these data for hydrological modeling are also discussed. Part 5 - Creating data bases and models applied to soil physics discusses alternative approaches for modeling water flow and solute transport in the vadose zone. A review of multi-component solute transport models and examples of their use in agricultural and environmental applications are given. The phenomenon of dynamic non-equilibrium in soil water flow is discussed as the need of a paradigm change. Root water uptake is also covered with advanced approaches and the last two chapters address the challenges to develop soil data bases.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Environmental sensors - Hydropedology - Soil Water Modelling - Soil database - Soil physics

Related subjects » Agriculture - Environmental Science & Engineering - Geophysics & Geodesy - Soil Science

Table of contents 

Part 1 - Integrating data in soil physics
Knowledge chains, linking cutting-edge research on flow phenomena in soils with tacit knowledge from field research; Johan Bouma,
Hydropedology: Linking Dynamic Soil Properties with Soil Survey Data; Henry Lin, Weihua Zhang, Haoliang Yu
Part 2 – Data analysis in soil physics and pedotransfers functions
State-Space Analysis in Soil Physics; Ole Wendroth, Yang Yang, Luís Carlos Timm
Spatial relationships between soil water content and hydraulic conductivity in a highly structured clay soils; Sidney Rosa Vieira, Célia Regina Grego, G. Clarke Topp, D. W. Reynolds
State-space approach to understand Soil-Plant-Atmosphere relationships; Luís Carlos Timma, Klaus Reichardt, Cláudia Liane Rodrigues de Lima, Leandro Sanzi Aquino, Letiane Helwig Penning, Durval Dourado-Neto
Pedotransfer functions for Brazilian soils; Alexandre Hugo Cezar Barrosa, Quirijn de Jong van Lier
Part 3 – Different approaches for the characterization of soil physical quality indicators
An Algorithm for Mapping the Spatial Variability of Soil Physical Quality; Marcos Bacis Ceddiaa, Sergio Drumond Ventura, Rosane Ferreira de Oliveira, André Luis Oliveira Villela, Carlos Alberto Alves Varella
A Preliminary Proposal for the Structural Classification Of Soil Pore Space; Theophilo Benedicto Ottoni Filhoa, Marta Vasconcelos Ottoni
Indicators of soil physical quality: from simplicity to complexity; Alvaro Pires da Silvaa, Ary Bruand, Cássio Antônio Tormena, Euzebio Medrado da Silva, Glenio Guimarães Santos, Neyde Fabíola Balarezo Giarola, Rachel Muylaert Locks Guimarães, Robélio Leandro Marchão, Vilson Antônio Klein
Monitoring soil water in irrigated soils of the Brazilian semi-arid region: an opportunity to improve water use; Luis Henrique Bassoia
Part 4 – Sensors and monitoring in soil physics
Sensor Network Data Assimilation in Soil Water Flow Modeling; Yakov Pachepskya, Feng Pan, Gonzalo Martinez
New Perspectives for the Application of High-Resolution Benchtop X-Ray MicroCT for Quantifying Void, Solid and Liquid Phases in Soils; Carlos Manoel Pedro Vaz, Markus Tullerb, Paulo Renato Orlandi Lassoa, Sílvio Crestana
Unsaturated soil hydraulic conductivity in the Central Amazon: field evaluations; Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeiraa, Gotz Schroth, Jean Dalmo Marques, Bernd Huwe
Soil Moisture and Soil Water Storage using Hydrological Modeling and Remote Sensing; Otto Corrêa Rotunno Filhoa, Afonso Augusto Magalhães de Araujo, Luciano Nóbrega Rodrigues Xavier, Daniel Medeiros Moreira, Rafael Carneiro Di Bello, Adilson Elias Xavier, Lígia Maria Nascimento de Araujo
Part 5 - Creating databases and models applied to soil physics
The Use of Numerical Flow and Transport Models in Environmental Analyses; Martinus Th. van Genuchten, Carolina Naveira-Cotta, Todd H. Skaggs, Amir Raoof, Elizabeth M. Pontedeiro
The Use of Multicomponent Solute Transport Models in Environmental Analyses; Jiří Šimůneka, Diederik Jacques, Tiago B. Ramos, Bertrand Leterme
Hydraulic properties and non-equilibrium water flow in soils; Wolfgang Durnera, Efstathios Diamantopoulosa
Water availability to plants; Quirijn de Jong van Liera
Experiences and challenges in developing European Soil hydrological Databases; Allan Lillya, Attila Nemes, Henk Wösten, Roland Hiederer
A Hydrophysical Database to develop Pedotransfer Functions for Brazilian Soils: Challenges and Perspectives; Marta Vasconcelos Ottoni, Maria Leonor Ribeiro Casimiro Lopes Assad, Yakov Pachepsky, Otto Corrêa Rotunno Filho

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