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
1. Hydropedology: Addressing Fundamentals and Building Bridges to Understand Complex Pedologic and Hydrologic Interactions
2. Understanding Soil Architecture and Its Functional Manifestation across Scales
3. Preferential Flow in a Pedological Perspective
4. Preferential Flow Dynamics and Plant Rooting Systems
5. Redoximorphic Features as Related to Soil Hydrology and Hydric Soils
6. Subaqueous Soils: Pedogenesis, Mapping, and Applications
7. Quantifying Processes Governing Soil-Mantled Hillslope Evolution
8. Thermodynamic Limits of the Critical Zone and their Relevance to Hydropedology
Part II Case Studies and Applications
9. Hydropedology in Caliche Soils Weathered from Glen Rose Limestone of Lower Cretaceous Age in Texas
10. Hydropedology in Seasonally Dry Landscapes: The Palouse Region of the Pacific Northwest USA
11. Hydropedology of the North American Coastal Temperate Rainforest
12. Hydropedology in the Ridge and Valley: Soil Moisture Patterns and Preferential Flow Dynamics in Two Contrasting Landscapes
13. Geophysical Investigations of Soil–Landscape Architecture and Its Impacts on Subsurface Flow
14. Hydropedology, Geomorphology, and Groundwater Processes in Land Degradation: Case Studies in South West Victoria, Australia
15. Hydropedology as a Powerful Tool for Environmental Policy and Regulations: Toward Sustainable Land Use, Management and Planning
Part III Advances in Modeling, Mapping, and Coupling
16. Soil Information in Hydrologic Models: Hard Data, Soft Data, and the Dialog between Experimentalists and Modelers
17. Hydrological Classifications of Soils and their Use in Hydrological Modeling
18. Subsurface Flow Networks at the Hillslope Scale: Detection and Modeling
19. Hydrologic Information in Pedologic Models
20. Modeling and Mapping Soil Spatial and Temporal Variability
21. Digital Soil Mapping: Interactions with and Applications for Hydropedo


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About the author

Henry Lin

Ph.D. in Soil Science

Affiliations and Expertise

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA


"...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