Notes on the session “Soil infiltration: Methods, measurements, models and factors”


The session Soil infiltration: Methods, measurements, models and factors, was organized by Jonay Neris (University of Swansea, UK), John Moody (USGS, USA) and Jay Jabbro (USDA-ARS).

Infiltration is considered one of the most complex processes within the terrestrial hydrologic cycle. It controls, inter alia, the rainfall-runoff and surface water-groundwater processes. Infiltration is important not only due to its implication in geomorphological and ecological processes, such as erosion and vegetation water availability, but also to its importance in water supply for agriculture and human consumption (Figure 1).

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Figure 1. Runoff from a heavy rain carries topsoil from unprotected, highly erodible soils. Photo courtesy of the NRCS-USDA

Although the interest in the infiltration processes date back several decades, its study and assessment is still relevant today. The Soil System Science sponsored a session during the 2013 EGU meeting focused on presenting, discussing and clarifying the new insights relative to soil infiltration methods, measurements, models, and factors. Fifteen papers were included in the Soil infiltration: Methods, measurements, models and factors session amongst oral and poster presentations. Besides, the Poster summaries and discussion session held, provided the opportunity to dedicate time to the oral summary of the poster papers (Figure 2).

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Figure 2. Soil infiltration: Methods, measurements, models and factors oral session
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