Relation of saturated hydraulic conductivity to soil losses

Jadczyszyn, J.; Niedzwiecki, J.

Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 14(4): 431-435

2005


ISSN/ISBN: 1230-1485
Accession: 004297511

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Abstract
The relationship between saturated hydraulic conductivity and the soil erosion process is evident. However, the problem has not been so far sufficiently addressed in research, especially for typical Polish soils. This paper presents the results of a modelling study on soil erosion losses and saturated hydraulic conductivity that was carried out in natural rainfall events on the 10 most typical farming soil types in Poland, differentiated both in soil texture and soil organic matter content. The impact of other physical properties including particle size distribution, organic matter content and bulk density on soil losses is also studied. The results show the relationship between saturated hydraulic conductivity and soil losses and saturated hydraulic conductivity jointly with sand texture group and soil losses. The conclusion is that the studies dealing with measuring saturated hydraulic conductivity may be applied to assess soil erosion losses.