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1st Edition

Scaling Methods in Soil Physics

ISBN 9780849313745
Published March 26, 2003 by CRC Press
456 Pages 26 Color & 115 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The scaling issue remains one of the largest problems in soil science and hydrology. This book is a unique compendium of ideas, conceptual approaches, techniques, and methodologies for scaling soil physical properties. Scaling Methods in Soil Physics covers many methods of scaling that will be useful in helping scientists across a range of soil-related disciplines. The first single-source reference in this developing field, the text will help readers develop a greater understanding of how to interpret remote sensing data, delineate management zones in agricultural fields, and estimate water yield and geochemical fluxes in watersheds, among other applications.

The authors present the state-of-the-art in addressing the fundamental scale-bridging problem and provide case studies crossing several levels of scale hierarchy. Scaling Methods in Soil Physics offers novel approaches based on geostatistics, artificial intelligence, wavelet transforms, fractal theory, soil-landscape relationships, computer simulations, and advances in theories of scale developed and tested to facilitate the use of soil physics data in a wide variety of soil/land/earth-related applications.

Table of Contents

The PSF Model of Soil Structure: A Multiscale Approach, E.M.A. Perrier and N.R.A. Bird

Scaling and Multiscaling of Soil Pore Systems Determined by Image Analysis, A.M. Tarquis, D. Giménez, A. Saa, M.C. Díaz, and J.M. Gascó

Scaling and Estimating the Soil Water Characteristic Using a One-Parameter Model, R.D. Williams and L.R. Ahuja

Diffusion Scaling in Low Connectivity Porous Media, R.P. Ewing and R. Horton

Solute Transport in Porous Media: Scale Effects, L. Zhou and H.M. Selim

A Pedotransfer Function for Predicting Solute Dispersivity: Model Testing and Upscaling, E. Perfect

Upscaling of Hydraulic Properties of Heterogeneous Soils, J. Zhu and B.P. Mohanty

Spatial Variability of Soil Moisture and Its Implications for Scaling, A.W. Western, R.B. Grayson, G. Blöschl, and D.J. Wilson

An Evaluation of Interpolation Methods for Local Estimation of Solute Concentration, T.R. Ellsworth, P.M. Reed, and R.J.M. Hudson

Scale- and Location-Dependent Soil Hydraulic Properties in a Hummocky Landscape: A Wavelet Approach, B.C. Si

Multiple Scale Conditional Simulation, P. Kumar

Effects of Topography, Soil Properties and Mean Soil Moisture on the Spatial Distribution of Soil Moisture: A Stochastic Analysis, D.-H. Chang and S. Islam

A Mix of Scales: Topography, Point Samples and Yield Maps, D.J. Timlin, Y.A. Pachepsky, and C.L. Walthall

Evaluating Soil Data from Several Sources Using a Landscape Model, C.L.S. Morgan, J.M. Norman, C.C. Molling, K. McSweeney, and B. Lowery

Application of a Neural Network-Based Spatial Disaggregation Scheme for Addressing Scaling of Soil Moisture, T.D. Tsegaye, W.L. Crosson, C.A. Laymon, M.P. Schamschula, and A.B. Johnson

Scaling Soil Mechanical Properties to Predict Plant Responses, D.K. Cassel and E.C. Edwards

Estimating Nitrate-N Losses at Different Spatial Scales
in Agricultural Watersheds , D.J. Mulla, P.H. Gowda, A.S. Birr, and B.J. Dalzell

Incorporation of Remote Sensing Data in an Upscaled Soil Water Model, M.S. Seyfried

Hierarchical Frameworks for Multiscale Bridging in Hydropedology, H. Lin and S. Rathbun

Scaling and Hierarchy of Models for Flow Processes in Unsaturated Fractured Rock, B. Faybishenko, G.S. Bodvarsson, J. Hinds, and P.A. Witherspoon


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Pachepsky\, Yakov; Radcliffe\, David E.; Selim\, H. Magdi


"This excellent book comprising 20 chapters deals with spatial scaling of soil processes and soil properties. … All contributors are acknowledged experts. The content of the book is well balanced, with all chapters informative and highly relevant. The topics of each chapter are illustrated by interesting examples, with well-chosen informative figures. … [T]his book is an excellent starting point for anyone who would like to contribute to the development of this topic. I therefore strongly recommend it, to researchers and doctoral students in soil physics and hydrology in particular, but anyone working with environmental models will benefit from reading it."
- European Journal of Soil Science, 55, 2004