Hydropedology

Authored by: Owens Phillip , Lin Henry , Libohova Zamir

Handbook of Soil Sciences Properties and Processes

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  November  2011

Print ISBN: 9781439803059
eBook ISBN: 9781439803066
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b11267-70

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Abstract

Hydropedology is an emerging interdisciplinary science that grew out of the need to address complex natural processes in the earth’s critical zone (Wilding and Lin, 2006). Increasingly, scientific research is being conducted by multidisciplinary teams as demanded by the complex, dynamic, and spatial-temporal variability of natural systems that require inputs from various disciplines (Sposito and Reginato, 1992). Hydropedology seeks to bridge disciplines to address (1) knowledge gaps between pedology, soil physics, hydrology, and other related bio- and geosciences; (2) scale differences in microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic studies of soil and water interactions; and (3) data translations from soil survey databases into soil hydraulic properties (Lin, 2003).

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