1st Edition

Synergistic Integration of Soil Science and Hydrology

Print ISBN: 9780123869418
eBook ISBN: 9780123869876
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th July 2012
Page Count: 858
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Hydropedology is a microcosm for what is happening in Soil Science. Once a staid discipline found in schools of agriculture devoted to increasing crop yield, soil science is transforming itself into an interdisciplinary mulch with great significance not only for food production but also climate change, ecology, preservation of natural resources, forestry, and carbon sequestration. Hydropedology brings together pedology (soil characteristics) with hydrology (movement of water) to understand and achieve the goals now associated with modern soil science.

Key Features

  • The first book of its kind in the market
  • Highly interdisciplinary, involving new thinking and synergistic approaches
  • Stimulating case studies demonstrate the need for hydropedology in various practical applications
  • Future directions and new approaches are present to advance this emerging interdisciplinary science


Scientists and practitioners; researchers, educators, students, and consultants interested in the interface of : soil science and hydrology, soil physics, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, geophysics, geology, ecology, natural resources, agricultural and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and other related bio- and geo-sciences.

Table of Contents



PART I: Overviews and Fundamentals

Chapter 1. Hydropedology

1 Introduction

2 Hydropedology: Fundamental Questions and Illustrative Examples

3 Hydropedology’s Unique Contributions: Bridging Time, Space, and Systems

4 Frontiers of Hydropedology Applications and Education

5 Summary



Chapter 2. Understanding Soil Architecture and Its Functional Manifestation across Scales

1 Concept of Soil Architecture and its Significance

2 Hierarchical Multiscale Frameworks of Soil Architecture

3 Formation and Pattern of Soil Architecture

4 Concluding Remarks



Chapter 3. Preferential Flow in a Pedological Perspective

1 Introduction

2 Quantifying Preferential Flow

3 Factors Affecting Preferential Flow

4 Using Hydropedological Principles to Support Preferential Flow Modeling at the Landscape Scale

5 Concluding Remarks


Chapter 4. Preferential Flow Dynamics and Plant Rooting Systems

1 Introduction

2 Approaches to Rapid Infiltration

3 Infiltration and Air Capacity According to Burger

4 Hydropedological Root Effects Assessed with Patterns of Water-Content Waves

5 Elements of a Stokes Approach to Macropore Flow

6 Effects of Tree Root Density on Stokes Flow

7 Concluding Remarks



Chapter 5. Redoximorphic Features as Related to Soil Hydrology and Hydric Soils

1 Introduction

2 Hydromorphic Features

3 Interpretation

4 Landscape Relations

5 Contemporary versus Relict Features

6 Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 6. Subaqueous Soils

1 Introduction

2 Pedogenesis of Subaqueous Soils

3 Mapping o


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"...numerous chapters evaluate the necessity of coupling hydropedology with other related interdisciplinary sciences, such as biogeochemistry and ecohydrology, and discuss technical advances, such as geophysical techniques and digital soil mapping…Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."--CHOICE April 2013