Regionalized soil roughness indices

Guillobez Serge, Arnaud Michel. 1998. Regionalized soil roughness indices. Soil and Tillage Research, 45 : pp. 419-432.

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Abstract : The soil roughness at the field level is an easy visually perceptible notion, but difficult to describe numerically. The objective of this paper is to propose a method to establish quantitative and descriptive soil roughness indices. A measurement system was developed using a laptop-computer and a laser cell. The elevation data are measured on the ground along a square array. They are treated with geostatistics methods. For a given direction, the semi-variogram shape, depending on the distance, is always comparable with ground relief, and reflects in a positive way the variations of this relief. New quantitative indices are proposed. They are derived from semi-variogram and they characterize the roughness in both vertical and horizontal planes. For the five plots the main results are : on crusted soil without soil tillage, the semi-variogram is nearly flat in isohypsic direction and has a parabolic shape in the slope direction. On an isohypsic bank the semi-variogram presents a shape with a hole effect upright to the bank. For an oriented knife soil tillage, the semi-variogram is bimodal, with a hollow effect in the axis perpendicular to the vine-rows. With a not clearly oriented soil tillage, the semi-variograms in all directions have a practically similar feature with a sill. The semi-variogram corresponding to the direction transversal to a gutter has a bell-slope. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Trait morphologique du sol, Type de sol, Technique analytique

Classification Agris : P33 - Soil chemistry and physics

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Guillobez Serge, CIRAD-TERA-ERE (FRA)
  • Arnaud Michel, CIRAD-TERA-ERE (FRA)

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  • Localisation du document : CD_BR7602 [(Bibliothèque de Lavalette)] ; CD_BR7603 [(Bibliothèque de Lavalette)]

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