soil hydrology News

  • Water hits and sticks: findings challenge a century of assumptions about soil hydrology

    Researchers have discovered that some of the most fundamental assumptions about how water moves through soil in a seasonally dry climate such as the Pacific Northwest are incorrect -- and that a century of research based on those assumptions will have to be reconsidered. A new study by scientists from Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency showed -- much to the surprise ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Hydrological history improves understanding

    Once lost in the mists of time, the colonial hydrology of the northeast US has been reconstructed by a team of geoscientists, biological scientists and social scientists. The findings provide a new way of uncovering the hydrology of the past and will lead to a better understanding of hydrologic systems now and in the future, the scientists say. The results, which extend as far back as the year ...

  • Hydrological changes imperil world`s poorest regions, say water experts

    Modern agriculture and land-use practices may lead to major disruptions of the world’s water flows, with potentially sudden and dire consequences for regions least able to cope with them, researchers at the Stockholm University-affiliated Stockholm Resilience Centre and McGill University have warned. In a paper published April 1 in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Dr. Line J. Gordon ...


    By McGill University

  • Restoring coastal wetlands? check the soil

    Rising sea levels and coastal development are threatening coastal freshwater wetlands with saltwater intrusion. While most ecosystem restoration projects have focused on surface water and groundwater, new research finds that conditions in the vadose zone, the unsaturated soil below the surface but above the water table, are of particular importance to seedling survival in coastal floodplain ...

  • Study tracks ´memory´ of soil moisture

    Original story at MIT News The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s water — less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface between the land and the atmosphere, that tiny amount plays a crucial role in ...

  • Sophisticated soil analysis for improved land use

    Soil variation occurs across multiple geographic scales ranging from vast climatic regions of the Earth to a 50 acre farm field to the molecular world of soil nano-particles in a pinch of soil. For example, in a forest or an agricultural field, soil properties vary from the summit of a hill down to the base. Within a single soil aggregate that may be less than a quarter inch in diameter, there ...

  • Is iron from soil a factor in algal blooms?

    Australia's own distinctive red soils could play a part in the formation of the stinking swathes of blue-green algae often shovelled off east coast beaches in summer. A QUT team of scientists is taking an in-depth look at how iron, which gives our iron-rich soil its red colour, reaches water to potentially contribute to the algal blooms, which not only have a foul smell, but also make our eyes ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Tracking the UK`s carbon from soil to sea

    This January scientists from a range of disciplines will come together to undertake the first ever coordinated sampling of the major rivers in Great Britain to look for soil derived organic carbon. This carbon is a large element of our 'natural capital' - in fact it is so large that restoring some damaged elements of it, such as upland peat bogs, could cost up to £570 million over the next ...

  • StormNET by BOSS International approved by Delaware division of soil and water conservation

    The Delaware Division of Soil and Water Conservation has accepted StormNET by BOSS International for use in performing stormwater management calculations in accordance with the State of Delaware’s Sediment and Stormwater Regulations. “We are pleased that StormNET has been accepted by the State of Delaware and that it easily passed their NRCS TR-20 benchmark test,” said Chris Maeder, Senior ...


  • Rik van den Bosch appointed as Director ISRIC – World Soil Information

    Rik van den Bosch (1965) graduated in 1990 from Wageningen University as an Environmental Scientist, with a strong emphasis on soil chemistry, soil physics, hydrology and tropical soil science. Between 1991 and 2007 he worked a.o. for Alterra as researcher and project leader on soil and water management in Africa and Asia. His work initially focussed on integrated soil fertility management and ...

  • New online portal uses valuable Cranfield soils data

    The UK Soil Observatory (UKSO), a new online portal launched on Friday, provides free access to national UK soils data and its research for those who have an interest in soil and soil related matters. Bringing together valuable data from several institutions across the UK, the portal includes information from Cranfield ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Northern US soil carbon reservoirs vulnerable to global warming, says USGS

    Mounting evidence shows that soil carbon is increasingly contributing larger amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere as a result of warming, permafrost degradation, and complex climate-biogeochemical interactions. Northern soils are known to harbor large amounts of carbon in the zone between the moss surface and the permafrost or mineral soil boundary. USGS Soil Scientist, Jennifer ...

  • Silixa to present at the American Geophysical Union’s 48th Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California, USA, on 17-18 December, 2015

    Silixa will be presenting at AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California, USA on 17 and 18 December, 2015. The first presentation, entitled Challenges in Ecohydrological Monitoring at Soil-Vegetation Interfaces: Exploiting the Potential for Fibre Optic Technologies, will detail the methodological background to a DTS based soil moisture monitoring project carried out in ...


    By Silixa Ltd

  • Decagon`s environmental stations allow for customized monitoring

    The ability to accurately measure environmental parameters on a local scale is becoming an increasing need worldwide, whether you’re a hydrologist, an environmental researcher, or even a farmer. It is evident now that the environmental conditions and forecasts for one location cannot always be extrapolated for nearby areas. Due to differences in terrain, elevation, and topography, a rain ...


    By Decagon Devices, Inc.

  • Wind, salt and water are leading indicators of land degradation in Abu Dhabi desert lands

    Desert environments are characterized by poor vegetative cover, strong winds, dry, non-cohesive sandy soils, and hyper-arid conditions. In this context, the land resources of Abu Dhabi Emirate in the United Arab Emirates are subjected to various land degradation stresses, including wind erosion, salinization, waterlogging, landfilling, and overgrazing. To sustain the land resources of Abu Dhabi ...


    By Harvard Apparatus

  • Urban trees enhance water infiltration

    Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on water resources demand creative urban stormwater management. Traditional stormwater management focuses on regulating the flow of runoff to waterways, but generally does little to restore the hydrologic cycle disrupted by extensive pavement and compacted urban soils with low permeability. The lack of infiltration opportunities affects ...

  • Climate change pose risks for waste water treatment

    A Simplified Climate Change Impact Assessment Tool (SCIAT) addresses the specific needs of the water industry, translating climate change projections into real-world impacts. A recent study in CIWEM’s Water and Environment Journal demonstrates its application in assessing the impacts of climate change on the reservoir water quality and water treatment plant (WTP) operations at Grafham Water ...

  • New model simulates US groundwater and surface water interactions

    A new model to simulate groundwater and surface water interactions has been released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The groundwater and surface water FLOW (GSFLOW) model simultaneously accounts for climatic conditions, runoff across the land surface, subsurface flow and storage, and the connections among terrestrial systems, streams, lakes, wetlands, and ground water. 'GSFLOW can be used ...

  • Spatial Statistics 2015 Conference

    Spatial Statistics will soon start in Avignon, France, from the 9-12 June 2015 under the theme "Emerging Patterns". Spatial statistics is a rapidly developing field involving the quantitative analysis of spatial data and the statistical modelling of spatial variability and uncertainty. Applications of spatial statistics are for a broad range of environmental disciplines such as agriculture, ...


    By Geovariances

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