Journal of Hydrology, 06 May 2014, Vol.512, pp.388-396
The saturated hydraulic conductivity ( ) is an essential effective parameter for the development of improved distributed hydrological models and area-differentiated risk assessment of chemical leaching. Basic soil properties such as the particle size distribution or, more recently, air permeability are commonly used to estimate . Conversely, links to soil gas diffusivity ( / ) have not been fully explored even though gas diffusivity is intimately linked to the connectivity and tortuosity of the soil pore network. Based on measurements for a coarse sandy soil, potential relationships between and / were investigated. A total of 84 undisturbed soil cores were extracted from the topsoil of a field site, and / and were measured in the laboratory. Water-induced and solids-induced tortuosity factors were obtained by applying a two-parameter / model to measured data, and subsequently linked to the cementation exponent of the well-established Revil and Cathles predictive model for saturated hydraulic conductivity. Furthermore, a two-parameter model, analogue to the Kozeny–Carman equation, was developed for the − / relationship. All analyses implied strong and fundamental relationships between and / .
Soil Gas Diffusivity ; Tortuosity ; Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity ; Porosity ; Particle Size Distribution ; Geography
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