Soil-Water-Solute Process Characterization: An Integrated Approach
Edited by Javier Alvarez-Benedi and Rafael Munoz-Carpena
Hardback 816 pp ISBN 9781566706575
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.
- 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
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,
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