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Javidi A, Shabani A, Amiri M J. The Influence of Using Soil Particles Percentage in Comparison with Geometric Characteristics of Soil Particles on the Accuracy of the Pedotransfer Equations and the Critical Point of SWRC. jwss 2019; 23 (1) :237-252
URL: http://jstnar.iut.ac.ir/article-1-3668-en.html
1. Department of Water Science and Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Fasa University, Fasa, Iran. , mjavad.amiri62@gmail.com
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Soil water retention curve (SWRC) reflects different states of soil moisture and describes quantitative characteristics of the unsaturated parts of the soil. Direct measurement of SWRC is time-consuming, difficult and costly. Therefore, many indirect attempts have been made to estimate SWRC from other soil properties. Using pedotransfer functions is one of the indirect methods for estimating SWRC. The aim of this research was to assess the effect of using soil particles percentage in comparison with the geometric characteristics of soil particles on the accuracy of the pedotransfer equations of SWRC and the critical point of it. Accordingly, 54 soil samples of Isfahan province from seven texture classes were used. The most suitable functions for estimating SWRC, parameters of van Genuchten and Brooks-Corey equations, and the critical point of SWRC were selected based on statistical indices. The results indicated that the pedotransfer equations fitted the SWRC data well and the outputs from them were in a good agreement with the independent (validation) SWRC data. The results revealed that using soil particles percentage (sand and clay), bulk density and organic matter content in the point estimation of SWRC was better than applying geometric properties of the soil particle diameter. On the other hand, in the estimation of parametric and critical point of SWRC, using the geometric properties of soil particle diameters resulted in more satisfactory results, as compared with using the soil particles percentage. The NRMSE values indicated that the accuracy of the pedotransfer equations in the lower matric head was greater than that of the higher matric head.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Ggeneral
Received: 2018/02/9 | Accepted: 2018/05/9 | Published: 2019/06/15

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