Campus Units

Agronomy

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2018

Journal or Book Title

Soil Science Society of America Journal

Volume

82

Issue

5

First Page

1015

DOI

10.2136/sssaj2018.04.0138

Abstract

Surface layer soil water content is important for evaporation, surface energy balance, seed germination, residue decomposition, microbial activity, and many other biological, chemical, and physical processes. The standard method (i.e., the gravimetric method) for measuring soil water content requires destructive sampling and is unsuitable for continuous measurement. Techniques such as neutron thermalization and time domain reflectometry suffer relatively large errors in measuring soil water content near the surface. In a recent Methods of Soil Analysis article, the authors present the principles and procedures for using a heat-pulse sensor to determine near-surface soil water content.

Comments

This article is published as Zhang, Xiao, Tusheng Ren, Joshua Heitman, and Robert Horton. "Summary of Advances in Heat-Pulse Methods: Measuring Near-Surface Soil Water Content." Soil Science Society of America Journal 82, no. 5 (2018): 1015. doi: 10.2136/sssaj2018.04.0138.

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Soil Science Society of America

Language

en

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