Soil-Water-Solute Process Characterization: An Integrated Approach

Edited by Javier Alvarez-Benedi and Rafael Munoz-Carpena 
CRC Press  2004  

Hardback  816 pp  ISBN 9781566706575      £145.00
  • Focuses on how soil-water-solute processes can be characterized in the real world
  • Integrates state-of-the-art characterization methods with expert guidance concerning the more subtle decisions investigators must make to accomplish their assigned tasks
  • Addresses the spatial and temporal variability of soil processes and the implications for the method selection and characterization studies
  • Includes numerous tables that summarize methods and special features for quick reference
The practitioner or researcher often faces complex alternatives when selecting a method to characterize properties governing a soil process. After years of research and development, environmental and agricultural professionals now have an array of methods for characterizing soil processes. Well-established methods, however, may not be suitable for the specific conditions of a study since many soil characteristics are intrinsically variable. An objective, integrated approach for soil characterization is needed to more effectively quantify parameters.

Soil-Water-Solute Process Characterization goes beyond technical guidance and addresses the complicating factors such as spatial and temporal variability of soil processes, scale issues, soil structure, and the trade-offs between methods. It focuses on advanced methods for the monitoring and modeling of mass transfer processes in soil. Expert contributors present limitations to well-known methods and alternatives, discussing their practical applications for characterization efforts, evaluating strengths and weaknesses, and focusing on a reduced set of selected techniques. Three in-depth sections cover everything from multidisciplinary approaches for assessing subsurface non-point source pollution to techniques for characterizing water and energy balances at the soil-plant-atmosphere interface, field methods for monitoring soil water status, and computer models for characterizing the effect of chemicals in soil.

This single-source reference is transforming method selection and our understanding of the principles, advantages, and limitations of the available monitoring techniques. Written in a simple and straightforward manner, Soil- Water-Solute Process Characterization is a detailed cookbook and a useful, practical reference for students, practitioners, and researchers.


Preface: Soil Characterization, an Integrated Approach, R. Muñoz-Carpena and J. Alvarez-Benedí,

Multidisciplinary Approach for Assessing Subsurface Non-Point Source Pollution, D. L. Corwin and K. Loague
Spatial and Temporal Variability of Soil Processes: Implications for Method Selection and Characterization Studies, C.G. Campbell and F. Garrido
Modeling as a Tool for the Characterization of Soil Water and Chemical Fate and Transport, J. Alvarez-Benedí, R. Muñoz-Carpena, and M. Vanclooster

Techniques for Characterizing Water and Energy Balance at the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Interface, M.J. Polo, J.V. Giráldez, M.P. González, and K. Vanderlinden
Field Methods for Monitoring Soil Water Status, R. Muñoz-Carpena, A. Ritter, and D. Bosch
Measurement and Characterization of Soil Hydraulic Properties, W.D. Reynolds and D.E. Elrick
Unraveling Microscale Flow and Pore Geometry: NMRI and X-Ray Tomography, M. Deurer and B.E. Clothier
Preferential Flow: Identification and Quantification, A. Shirmohammadi, H. Montas, L. Bergström, A. Sadeghi, and D. Bosch

Field Methods for Monitoring Solute Transport, M. Tuller and M.R. Islam
Time Domain Reflectometry as an Alternative in Solute Transport Studies, I. Vogeler, S. Green, and B.E. Clothier
Characterization of Solute Transport through Miscible Displacement Experiments, J. Alvarez-Benedí,C.M. Regalado, A. Ritter, and S. Bolado
Methods to Determine Sorption of Pesticides and Other Organic Compounds, J. Cornejo, M.C. Hermosín, R. Celis, and L. Cox
Methods for Measuring Soil-Surface Gas Fluxes, P. Rochette and S.M. McGinn
Chemical Methods for Soil and Water Characterization, Y. Li, M. Zhou, and J. Zhao

Evaluation and Characterization of Soil Microbiological Processes, M. Pell and J. Stenström

Geostatistical Procedures for Characterizing Soil Processes, M. Van Meirvenne, L. Vernaillen, A. Douaik, N.E.C. Verhoest, and M. Callens
Soil Variability Assessment with Fractal Techniques, A.N. Kravchenko and Y.A. Pachepsky
Geospatial Measurements of Apparent Soil Electrical Conductivity for Characterizing Soil Spatial Variability, D.L. Corwin

Assessment of Uncertainty Associated with the Extent of Simulation Processes from Point to Catchment: Application to 1d-Pesticide Leaching Models, M. Trevisan and C. Vischetti
Inverse Modeling Techniques to Characterize Transport Processes in the Soil-Crop Continuum, S. Lambot, M. Javaux, F. Hupet, and M. Vanclooster
Computer Models for Characterizing the Fate of Chemicals in Soil: Pesticide Leaching Models and Their Practical Applications, P. Jantunen, M. Trevisan, and E. Capri

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