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Water Redistribution After Infiltration into the Soil

  • Klaus Reichardt
  • Luís Carlos Timm
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Abstract

This chapter studies mainly the redistribution of rain or irrigation waters in the soil profile. It is shown that the main difficulty in the mathematical analysis is the hysteresis, because during the redistribution of water, part of the profile is under a wetting process and another part under a drying process. The most important methods for the determination of the hydraulic conductivity under field conditions involve the redistribution process, and therefore, several of these methods are presented in detail, e.g., Hillel, Libardi, and Sisson. Full examples of the calculations made for the measurement of the hydraulic conductivity are discussed. The concept of field capacity is also presented in respect to the redistribution process.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Reichardt
    • 1
  • Luís Carlos Timm
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura and Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiróz”University of Sao PauloPiracicabaBrazil
  2. 2.Rural Engineering Department, Faculty of AgronomyFederal University of PelotasCapão do LeãoBrazil

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