Soil moisture variability in a temperate deciduous forest: insights from electrical resistivity and throughfall data

Ma, Yuteng, Van Dam, Remke L., & Jayawickreme, Dushmantha H. (2014) Soil moisture variability in a temperate deciduous forest: insights from electrical resistivity and throughfall data. Environmental Earth Sciences, 72(5), pp. 1367-1381.

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Hydrogeophysics is a growing discipline that holds significant promise to help elucidate details of dynamic processes in the near surface, built on the ability of geophysical methods to measure properties from which hydrological and geochemical variables can be derived. For example, bulk electrical conductivity is governed by, amongst others, interstitial water content, fluid salinity, and temperature, and can be measured using a range of geophysical methods. In many cases, electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) is well suited to characterize these properties in multiple dimensions and to monitor dynamic processes, such as water infiltration and solute transport. In recent years, ERT has been used increasingly for ecosystem research in a wide range of settings; in particular to characterize vegetation-driven changes in root-zone and near-surface water dynamics. This increased popularity is due to operational factors (e.g., improved equipment, low site impact), data considerations (e.g., excellent repeatability), and the fact that ERT operates at scales significantly larger than traditional point sensors. Current limitations to a more widespread use of the approach include the high equipment costs, and the need for site-specific petrophysical relationships between properties of interest. In this presentation we will discuss recent equipment advances and theoretical and methodological aspects involved in the accurate estimation of soil moisture from ERT results. Examples will be presented from two studies in a temperate climate (Michigan, USA) and one from a humid tropical location (Tapajos, Brazil).

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ID Code: 80123
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s12665-014-3362-y
ISSN: 1866-6299
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2015 03:33
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 22:48

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