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Soil-Water-Solute Process Characterization

An Integrated Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Javier Alvarez-Benedi, Rafael Munoz-Carpena

CRC Press

816 pages | 154 B/W Illus.

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The practitioner or researcher often faces complex alternatives when selecting a method to characterize properties governing a soil process. After years of research and development, environmental and agricultural professionals now have an array of methods for characterizing soil processes. Well-established methods, however, may not be suitable for the specific conditions of a study since many soil characteristics are intrinsically variable. An objective, integrated approach for soil characterization is needed to more effectively quantify parameters.

Soil-Water-Solute Process Characterization goes beyond technical guidance and addresses the complicating factors such as spatial and temporal variability of soil processes, scale issues, soil structure, and the trade-offs between methods. It focuses on advanced methods for the monitoring and modeling of mass transfer processes in soil. Expert contributors present limitations to well-known methods and alternatives, discussing their practical applications for characterization efforts, evaluating strengths and weaknesses, and focusing on a reduced set of selected techniques. Three in-depth sections cover everything from multidisciplinary approaches for assessing subsurface non-point source pollution to techniques for characterizing water and energy balances at the soil-plant-atmosphere interface, field methods for monitoring soil water status, and computer models for characterizing the effect of chemicals in soil.

This single-source reference is transforming method selection and our understanding of the principles, advantages, and limitations of the available monitoring techniques. Written in a simple and straightforward manner, Soil-Water-Solute Process Characterization is a detailed cookbook and a useful, practical reference for students, practitioners, and researchers.


“These features distinguish this book from many others on the market. Moreover, this book offers a bridge between the major processes – physical, chemical, and biological – governing the fate of water and solutes in soil, and is therefore a valuable contribution to the literature on vadose zone processes. … Special attention has been paid to the quality and the clarity of the figures. The style and quality of writing is inviting to the reader. The editors have done an excellent effort in ensuring continuity between chapters, both in style and content, despite the fact that each chapter is written by a different set of authors. Overall, I recommend this book to scientists from all of the earth science disciplines who want to obtain a comprehensive overview of general concepts, methods, and models in the field of soli-water-solute processes. The book provides a solid and broad basis to deal with one of the most complex systems in the natural sciences: soil.”

— H. Vereecken, Agrosphere, Germany, in Valdose Zone Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2006

“The breadth and depth of coverage is excellent and it is well written. …This is a really useful book that will be a valuable source of first reference in a soil physics laboratory.”

Mycological Research, Jan. 2006

Table of Contents

Preface: Soil Characterization, an Integrated Approach, R. Muñoz-Carpena and J. Álvarez-Benedí,


Multidisciplinary Approach for Assessing Subsurface Non-Point Source Pollution, D. L. Corwin and K. Loague

Spatial and Temporal Variability of Soil Processes: Implications for Method Selection and Characterization Studies, C.G. Campbell and F. Garrido

Modeling as a Tool for the Characterization of Soil Water and Chemical Fate and Transport, J. Álvarez-Benedí, R. Muñoz-Carpena, and M. Vanclooster


Techniques for Characterizing Water and Energy Balance at the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Interface, M.J. Polo, J.V. Giráldez, M.P. González, and K. Vanderlinden

Field Methods for Monitoring Soil Water Status, R. Muñoz-Carpena, A. Ritter, and D. Bosch

Measurement and Characterization of Soil Hydraulic Properties, W.D. Reynolds and D.E. Elrick

Unraveling Microscale Flow and Pore Geometry: NMRI and X-Ray Tomography, M. Deurer and B.E. Clothier

Preferential Flow: Identification and Quantification, A. Shirmohammadi, H. Montas, L. Bergström, A. Sadeghi, and D. Bosch


Field Methods for Monitoring Solute Transport, M. Tuller and M.R. Islam

Time Domain Reflectometry as an Alternative in Solute Transport Studies, I. Vogeler, S. Green, and B.E. Clothier

Characterization of Solute Transport through Miscible Displacement Experiments, J. Álvarez-Benedí,C.M. Regalado, A. Ritter, and S. Bolado

Methods to Determine Sorption of Pesticides and Other Organic Compounds, J. Cornejo, M.C. Hermosín, R. Celis, and L. Cox

Methods for Measuring Soil-Surface Gas Fluxes, P. Rochette and S.M. McGinn

Chemical Methods for Soil and Water Characterization, Y. Li, M. Zhou, and J. Zhao


Evaluation and Characterization of Soil Microbiological Processes, M. Pell and J. Stenström


Geostatistical Procedures for Characterizing Soil Processes, M. Van Meirvenne, L. Vernaillen, A. Douaik, N.E.C. Verhoest, and M. Callens

Soil Variability Assessment with Fractal Techniques, A.N. Kravchenko and Y.A. Pachepsky

Geospatial Measurements of Apparent Soil Electrical Conductivity for Characterizing Soil Spatial Variability, D.L. Corwin


Assessment of Uncertainty Associated with the Extent of Simulation Processes from Point to Catchment: Application to 1d-Pesticide Leaching Models, M. Trevisan and C. Vischetti

Inverse Modeling Techniques to Characterize Transport Processes in the Soil-Crop Continuum, S. Lambot, M. Javaux, F. Hupet, and M. Vanclooster

Computer Models for Characterizing the Fate of Chemicals in Soil: Pesticide Leaching Models and Their Practical Applications, P. Jantunen, M. Trevisan, and E. Capri  

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General