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Journal of Forest Research

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 1–8 | Cite as

A new model to analyze water retention characteristics of forest soils based on soil pore radius distribution

  • Ken'ichirou Kosugi
Original Articles

Abstract

The soil water retention model proposed by Kosugi was modified to have a relatively simple functional form. The resulting water retention model (the lognormal distribution model) contains two parameters which have physical significance on the water retention curve and are related directly to the statistics of the soil pore radius distribution functiong(r). The observed retention data sets of 282 undisturbed forest soils taken from Mashimo were analyzed using the lognormal distribution model, and it was shown that the model performs fairly well for every data set. The estimated parameters of the model indicated that the water retention characteristics of the undisturbed forest soils are related to the soil structure more closely than to the soil texture. Many crumb-structure forest soils have greater median ofg(r) than the crumb and granular-structure soils. Disturbed loamy soils have smaller median ofg(r) than many of the undisturbed forest soils and disturbed sandy soils have smallerg(r) width than the forest soils. The brown forest soils taken from A-horizon generally have the greater median ofg(r) than the brown forest soils taken from B-horizon. Some of the brown forest soils have the greater width ofg(r) than the black soils. The median ofg(r) of brown forest soil taken from A-horizon generally becomes greater as the soil moisture condition becomes wet.

Key words

forest soil lognormal distribution pore radius distribution soil structure water retention curve 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ken'ichirou Kosugi
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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