Comparison of Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity Methods for Sandy Loam Soil with Different Land Uses

  • Aminul IslamEmail author
  • D. R. Mailapalli
  • Anuradha Behera
Conference paper


Saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) is a quantitative measure of saturated soil properties and it is essential for designing irrigation, drainage and waste water systems, modelling studies for understanding and prediting rates of infiltration, runoff, erosion, seepage, upflux, solute transport and migration of pollutant to groundwater. However, the accuracy of Ks is highly dependent on the method used, soil and surface characteristics. The objective of the study was to compare Ks methods such as two in situ [Double ring infiltrometer (DRI), air entry permeameter (AEP)] and one pedotransfer function (PTF) based methods for four different land uses such as paddy field (PADF), mango field (MANF), cashew field (CASF) and playground (PLAG). The Ks obtained from the DRI, AEP and PTF methods were used to study the effect of the method and land use on Ks and suitability of a method for a land use. It was observed that the measured Ks data using AEP and DRI of different land uses follow a log-normal distribution. The mean Ks were significantly different for both measuring technique and the land use. The AEP resulted highest (2.64 mm/h) and PTF lowest (1.59 mm/h) values of Ks, respectively for all land uses, whereas the Ks was highest (2.47 mm/h) and lowest (1.75 mm/h) for the land uses CASF and PLAG, respectively. For all land uses, the mean Ks were highest for AEP followed by DRI, and PTF methods. The order of Ks obtained for the land uses were CASF (2.51 mm/h), MANF (1.87 mm/h), PADF (1.82 mm/h) and PLAG (1.71 mm/h). Spatial variability of Ks was observed for DRI method and the land use PLAG. The selection of best suitable method for a particular situation can be obtained by optimizing the interdependent parameters, including method to be used, accuracy in instrument and measurement methods, soil condition and the numbers of practical constraints of the investigation (e.g., cost, availability of manpower, time requirement, portability of estimate, simplicity in measuring technique, operating condition).


Saturated hydraulic conductivity Ring infiltrometer Air entry permeameter Pedotransfer function Land use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aminul Islam
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. R. Mailapalli
    • 2
  • Anuradha Behera
    • 2
  1. 1.Applied Engineering DepartmentVignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology and Research (VFSTR)Vadlamudi, GunturIndia
  2. 2.Agricultural and Food Engineering DepartmentIndian Institute of TechnologyKharagpurIndia

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