Application of Soil Physics in Environmental Analyses

Measuring, Modelling and Data Integration

  • Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira
  • Marcos Bacis Ceddia
  • Marta Vasconcelos Ottoni
  • Guilheme Kangussu Donnagema

Part of the Progress in Soil Science book series (PROSOIL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Integrating Data in Soil Physics

  3. Data Analysis in Soil Physics and Pedotransfers Functions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Ole Wendroth, Yang Yang, Luís Carlos Timm
      Pages 53-74
    3. Sidney Rosa Vieira, Célia Regina Grego, George Clarke Topp, Willian Daniel Reynolds
      Pages 75-90
    4. Luís Carlos Timm, Klaus Reichardt, Cláudia Liane Rodrigues de Lima, Leandro Sanzi Aquino, Letiane Helwig Penning, Durval Dourado-Neto
      Pages 91-129
    5. Alexandre Hugo Cezar Barros, Quirijn de Jong van Lier
      Pages 131-162
  4. Different Approaches for the Characterization of Soil Physical Quality Indicators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Marcos Bacis Ceddia, Sergio Drumond Ventura, Rosane Ferreira de Oliveira, André Luis Oliveira Villela, Carlos Alberto Alves Varella
      Pages 165-190
    3. Theophilo Benedicto Ottoni Filho, Marta Vasconcelos Ottoni
      Pages 191-199
    4. Alvaro Pires da Silva, Ary Bruand, Cássio Antônio Tormena, Euzebio Medrado da Silva, Glenio Guimarães Santos, Neyde Fabíola Balarezo Giarola et al.
      Pages 201-221
  5. Sensors and Monitoring in Soil Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Yakov Pachepsky, Feng Pan, Gonzalo Martinez
      Pages 239-260
    3. Carlos Manoel Pedro Vaz, Markus Tuller, Paulo Renato Orlandi Lasso, Sílvio Crestana
      Pages 261-281
    4. Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira, Götz Schroth, Jean Dalmo Marques, Bernd Huwe
      Pages 283-305
    5. Otto Corrêa Rotunno Filho, Afonso Augusto Magalhães de Araujo, Luciano Nóbrega Rodrigues Xavier, Daniel Medeiros Moreira, Rafael Carneiro Di Bello, Adilson Elias Xavier et al.
      Pages 307-345
  6. Creating Databases and Models Applied to Soil Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Martinus Th. van Genuchten, Carolina Naveira-Cotta, Todd H. Skaggs, Amir Raoof, Elizabeth M. Pontedeiro
      Pages 349-376
    3. Jiří Šimůnek, Diederik Jacques, Tiago B. Ramos, Bertrand Leterme
      Pages 377-402
    4. Wolfgang Durner, Efstathios Diamantopoulos, Sascha C. Iden, Benedikt Scharnagl
      Pages 403-434
    5. Quirijn de Jong van Lier
      Pages 435-452
    6. Allan Lilly, Attila Nemes, J. Henk M. Wösten, Roland Hiederer
      Pages 453-465
    7. Marta Vasconcelos Ottoni, Maria Leonor Ribeiro Casimiro Lopes-Assad, Yakov Pachepsky, Otto Corrêa Rotunno Filho
      Pages 467-494
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 495-499

About this book


The importance to preserve soil and water is widely recognized. Soil physics has grown considerably in the last years, however, those advances are thoroughly dispersed. In this volume, the authors will bring together the effectiveness of new field and lab sensors and the state-of-the-art in modeling and data analysis. The topics have been divided as follows: Part 1 - Integrating data in soil physics proposes re-establishing the knowledge chain, linking tacit knowledge to cutting edge science. The use of field soil data or what has been called hydropedology, is discussed and exemplified. Part 2 - Data analysis in soil physics and pedotransfers functions presents the analysis of data in state-space and geostatistical approaches. Part 3 – Different approaches to characterize soil physical quality indicators is focused on new techniques used to characterize, map and interpret soil physical parameters. The challenge of assessing soil physical quality is discussed from the simplest to the most complex indicators. Part 4 -  Sensors and monitoring in soil physics centers the discussion on equipment and sampling techniques for monitoring soil physical parameters. Technological advances are addressed, such as X-ray tomography, which provides a means to evaluate pore topological properties in a noninvasive way. A comparison with in situ and remotely sensed data of soil moisture and limitations in using these data for hydrological modeling are also discussed. Part 5 - Creating data bases and models applied to soil physics discusses alternative approaches for modeling water flow and solute transport in the vadose zone. A review of multi-component solute transport models and examples of their use in agricultural and environmental applications are given. The phenomenon of dynamic non-equilibrium in soil water flow is discussed as the need of a paradigm change. Root water uptake is also covered with advanced approaches and the last two chapters address the challenges to develop soil data bases.


Environmental sensors Hydropedology Soil Water Modelling Soil database Soil physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira
    • 1
  • Marcos Bacis Ceddia
    • 2
  • Marta Vasconcelos Ottoni
    • 3
  • Guilheme Kangussu Donnagema
    • 4
  1. 1.Soil PhysicsEmbrapa SoilsRio de Janeiro, RJBrazil
  2. 2.Soils DepartmentRural Federal University of Rio de JaneiroSeropédica, RJBrazil
  3. 3.Department of HydrologyCompanhia de Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM), Geological Survey of BrazilRio de Janeiro, RJBrazil
  4. 4.Soil PhysicsEmbrapa SoilsRio de Janeiro, RJBrazil

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