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The soil electric potential signature of summer drought

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During the period from late April to early August, a timeseries of soil electric potential measurements in the upper 15 cm of mineral soil were collected daily at the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens using an automatic data collection system. These data, after conversion to a surrogate measure of electrolyte concentration, provide a unique record of the 1988 summer drought in a continental location. The effects of rainfall-dewfall electrolyte dilution, evaporation-induced electrolyte concentration and upward-downward soil water advection are well-illustrated in the data. These observations demonstrate that soil electric potential is an easily measured variable of high information content, especially when collected with other system-linked environmental data.

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Outcalt, S.I., Hinkel, K.M. The soil electric potential signature of summer drought. Theor Appl Climatol 41, 63–68 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00866203

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Keywords

  • Soil Water
  • Advection
  • Mineral Soil
  • Electric Potential
  • Electrolyte Concentration