Purpose Field capacity (FC) and permanent wilting point (PWP) are important physical properties for evaluating the available soil water storage, as well as being used as input variables for related agro-hydrological models. Direct measurements of FC and PWP are time consuming and expensive, and thus, it is necessary to develop related pedotransfer functions (PTFs). In this study, stepwise multiple linear regression (SMLR) and artificial neural network (ANN) methods were used to develop FC and PWP PTFs for the deep layer of the Loess Plateau based on the bulk density (BD),sand, silt, clay, and soil organic carbon (SOC) contents. Materials and methods Soil core drilling was used to obtain undisturbed soil cores from three typical sites on the Loess Plateau, which ranged from the top of the soil profile to the bedrock (0–200 m). The FC and PWP were measured using the centrifugation method at suctions of − 33 and − 1500 kPa, respectively. Results and discussion The results showed that FC and PWP exhibited moderate variation where the coefficients of variation were 11 and 23%, respectively. FC had significant correlations with sand, silt, clay, and SOC (P < 0.01), while there were also significant correlations between all of the
Journal of Soils and Sediments – Springer Journals
Published: May 31, 2018
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