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Two-Domain Estimation of Hydraulic Properties in Macropore Soils

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Title: Two-Domain Estimation of Hydraulic Properties in Macropore Soils
Authors: Chen, C.
Thomas, D.M.
Green, R.E.
Wagenet, R.J
Keywords: radon
fluid flow
Issue Date: May 1993
Publisher: Soil Science Society of America Journal
Citation: Soil Science Society of America Journal. May-June 1993. Two-Domain Estimation of Hydraulic Properties in Macropore Soils. Madison, WI: Soil Science Society of America Journal.
Abstract: Estimation of hydraulic: properties or soils having macropores is difficult, yet very important for describing soil-water flow dynamics. Conventional approaches of defining macroporosity based on pore size may not be generally successful quantitatively relating macroporosity to the dynamics of water flow. A definition or macroporosity based on water flux at different degrees or water saturation can be expected to be more useful. This study attempted to quantify the functional macroporosity of field soil from In situ measurements of water content, 6 (z, t), during drainage of an initially field-saturated soil. The soil was assumed to be a two-domain water flow system comprised of macropores, which dominate the early drainage process, and the matrix pore space, which is responsible for drainage occurring after macropores are emptied. The unit hydraulic gradient approach of calculating hydraulic productivity was extended and applied to the two-domain system. Field-measured data for a well-drained Wahiawa soil (clayey, kaolinitic, isohyperthermic Tropeptic Eutrustox) in Hawaii are used to test the approach. The partitioned hydraulic conductivities obtained for the two domains appeared qualitatively realistic, and when summed, resulted in a composite saturated conductivity which was close to that measured by the in situ instantaneous profile method. In addition, the macosporosites obtained from drainage calculations for three soil depths were very similar to those obtained from water retention measurements on undisturbed soil cores from the same field site. The proposed approach thus appears to be a promising method for evaluating hydraulic properties for a well-drained soil profile containing macrospores.
Pages/Duration: 7 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/30478
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