A review of soil moisture dynamics: From rainfall infiltration to ecosystem response

Edorado Daly, Amilcare Porporato

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Abstract

In this paper we briefly review some aspects of the soil water balance, highlighting the possible connections and feedbacks among the various processes as well as pointing out the manifold repercussions of soil moisture dynamics on vegetation response and biogeochemical cycles. The discussion is not intended to be complete and reflects the authors' interests, but we hope that it may be helpful to highlight the multidisciplinary nature of the hydrologic research as well as to suggest useful avenues for an improved and coherent description of the realm of the phenomena that are controlled by the apparently simple fact that water incessantly moves through the soils.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-24
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironmental Engineering Science
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

Keywords

  • Echohydrology
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Nutrients
  • Plants
  • Soil moisture

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