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Book: Field Soil Water Regime
Published by: Soil Science Society of America



  1.  p. 167-180
    SSSA Special Publication 5.
    Field Soil Water Regime

    R.R. Bruce (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-900-8


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Hydrology and Soil Science1

  1. C. R. Amerman2


With advances in mathematical and computer sciences, hydrologists are reaching out from the traditional empirical-statistical approach. Among other goals, they are trying to delineate physical processes and to describe them using mathematical physics. Soil constitutes an important part of the physical framework of most hydrologic systems. Physics-based approaches require soil water characteristic curves and relationships between hydraulic conductivity and water content. Other needs include mapping soils in terms of their hydraulic characteristics. Less rigorous approaches require various other data such as infiltration curves and water storage availability above wilting point. Whatever the approach, hydraulic properties of soils will certainly be needed as input data. Besides providing soil data, soil scientists are in a position to aid hydrologists in understanding many of the water flow mechanisms of the soil. An understanding of terrestrial hydrology may in turn contribute to an understanding of some problems of soil science.

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