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Journal of Hydrometeorology
Soil thermal conductivity l is a vital parameter for soil temperature and soil heat flux forecasting in hydrological models. In this study, an empirical model is developed to relate l only to soil volumetric water content u and soil porosity us. Measured l values for eight soils are used to establish the empirical model, and data from four other soils are used to evaluate the model. The new model is also evaluated by its performance in the Simple Biosphere Model 2 (SiB2). Results show that the root-mean-square errors (RMSEs; ranging from 0.097 to 0.266 W m21 K21 ) of the new model estimates of l are lower than those (ranging from 0.416 to 1.006 W m21 K21 ) for an empirical model of similar complexity reported in the literature earlier. Further, with simple inputs and equations, the new model almost has the accuracy of other more complex models (RMSE of l ranging from 0.040 to 0.354 W m21 K21 ) that require additional detailed soil information. The new model can be readily incorporated in large-scale models because of its simplicity as compared to the more complex models. The new model is tested for its effectiveness by incorporating it into SiB2. Compared to the original SiB2 l model, the new l model provides better estimates of surface effective radiative temperature and soil wetness. Owing to the newly presented empirical model’s requirement for simple, available inputs and its accuracy, its usage is recommended within large-scale models for applications where detailed information about soil composition is lacking.
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Tong, Bing; Gao, Zhiqiu; Horton, Robert Jr.; Li, Yubin; and Wang, Linlin, "An Empirical Model for Estimating Soil Thermal Conductivity from Soil Water Content and Porosity" (2016). Agronomy Publications. 312.