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2023/2024

Experimental Methods in Soil Hydrology

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D43EHY_EN ZK 1P+1C English
Garant předmětu:
Michal Sněhota, Martin Šanda
Lecturer:
Michal Sněhota, Martin Šanda
Tutor:
Michal Sněhota, Martin Šanda
Supervisor:
Department of Landscape Water Conservation
Synopsis:

The students will learn the principles of modern experimental and monitoring methods in fields of soil hydrology and transport processes. Students will acquaint themselves with methods of laboratory and field measurement of soil moisture and temperature, water fluxes and water potential in the subsurface. Modern methods for the detection of hydraulic properties of soils will be presented. The principles of non-destructive diagnostic methods (neutron radiography, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray tomography) and their application in geosciences will be explained. Students will work individually or in small teams on assignments that will include field or laboratory measurements. The emphasis will be on data analysis, data interpretation and presentation of results. Excursions to experimental catchments and other experimental sites are an integral part of the course.

Requirements:

none

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Introduction to environmental monitoring and data assimilation

2. Data acquisition techniques (on-site, remote sensing; real-time, on-line, off-line)

3. Monitoring of meteorological characteristics (precipitation, temperature, wind, air humidity)

4. Methods of isotope hydrology (including analysis of stable isotopes)

5. Monitoring of flow characteristics (urban infrastructure, urban streams)

6. Monitoring of water quality characteristics (incl. sediment)

7. Monitoring of ecological characteristics (biological communities, stream eco-morphology)

8. Monitoring of soil hydrological quantities (water content, water potential)

9. Assessment of soil hydraulic properties (retention curve, hydraulic conductivity)

10. Non-invasive imaging of soil (x-ray tomography, neutron imaging, magnetic resonance imaging)

11. Uncertainty analysis and propagation of monitoring (uncertainty sources, uncertainty analysis methods, propagation methods)

12. Time series analysis

13. Case studies

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Introduction to environmental monitoring and data assimilation

2. Data acquisition techniques (on-site, remote sensing; real-time, on-line, off-line)

3. Monitoring of meteorological characteristics (precipitation, temperature, wind, air humidity)

4. Methods of isotope hydrology (including analysis of stable isotopes)

5. Monitoring of flow characteristics (urban infrastructure, urban streams)

6. Monitoring of water quality characteristics (incl. sediment)

7. Monitoring of ecological characteristics (biological communities, stream eco-morphology)

8. Monitoring of soil hydrological quantities (water content, water potential)

9. Assessment of soil hydraulic properties (retention curve, hydraulic conductivity)

10. Non-invasive imaging of soil (x-ray tomography, neutron imaging, magnetic resonance imaging)

11. Uncertainty analysis and propagation of monitoring (uncertainty sources, uncertainty analysis methods, propagation methods)

12. Time series analysis

13. Case studies

Study Objective:

The students will learn the principles of modern experimental and monitoring methods in fields of soil hydrology and transport processes. Students will acquaint themselves with methods of laboratory and field measurement of soil moisture and temperature, water fluxes and water potential in the subsurface. Modern methods for the detection of hydraulic properties of soils will be presented. The principles of non-destructive diagnostic methods (neutron radiography, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray tomography) and their application in geosciences will be explained. Students will work individually or in small teams on assignments that will include field or laboratory measurements. The emphasis will be on data analysis, data interpretation and presentation of results. Excursions to experimental catchments and other experimental sites are an integral part of the course.

Study materials:

•HILLEL, Daniel. Environmental soil physics. San Diego: Academic Press, ©1998. xxvii, 771 s. ISBN 0-12-348525-8.

•Relevant articles in journals covered by Web of Science.

•JURY, William A. a Robert HORTON. Soil physics. 6th ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, ©2004. xiv, 370 s. ISBN 0-471-05965-X.

•WARRICK, Arthur W., ed. Soil physics companion. Boca Raton: CRC Press, ©2002. 389 s. ISBN 0-8493-0837-2.

•HILLEL, Daniel. Introduction to soil physics. San Diego: Academic Press, ©1982. xiii, 364 s. ISBN 0-12-348520-7.

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