A general Beerkan Estimation of Soil Transfer parameters method predicting hydraulic parameters of any unimodal water retention and hydraulic conductivity curves : Application to the Kosugi soil hydraulic model without using particle size distribution data Article - Juillet 2019

J. Fernández-Gálvez, J. Pollacco, L. Lassabatère, Rafaël Angulo-Jaramillo, S. Carrick

J. Fernández-Gálvez, J. Pollacco, L. Lassabatère, Rafaël Angulo-Jaramillo, S. Carrick, « A general Beerkan Estimation of Soil Transfer parameters method predicting hydraulic parameters of any unimodal water retention and hydraulic conductivity curves : Application to the Kosugi soil hydraulic model without using particle size distribution data  », Advances in Water Resources, juillet 2019, pp. 118-130. ISSN 0309-1708

Abstract

Soil hydraulic characterization is crucial to describe the retention and transport of water in soil, but current methodologies limit its spatial applicability. This paper presents a cost-effective general Beerkan Estimation of Soil Transfer parameters (BEST) methodology using single ring infiltration experiments to derive soil hydraulic parameters for any unimodal water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions. The proposed method relies on the BEST approach. The novelty lies in the use of Kosugi hydraulic parameters without need for textural in- formation. In addition, the method uses a quasi-exact formulation that is valid for all times, which avoids the use of approximate expansions and related inaccuracy. The new BEST methods were tested against numerically generated data for several contrasting synthetic soils, and the results show that these methods provide consis- tent hydraulic functions close to the target functions. The new BEST method is accurate and can use any water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions.

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