The Beerkan Estimation of Soil Transfer parameters (BEST) procedure seems attractive for soil hydraulic characterization but it has received little testing so far. The objective of this investigation was to test BEST with different application approaches for some soils in Burundi, where there is the need of using simple methods to characterize soils. Most (14) of the 19 sampled sites had a clay soil tekture whereas texture ranged from silty clay to loam in the other cases. On average, the fitting ability of both the particle size distribution (PSD) model (mean relative error, Me(E-r) = 2.0%) and the cumulative infiltration model (Me(E-r)= 2.3%) was good according to recommended evaluation criteria. Using the complete set of measured cumulative infiltration data instead of the limited data set required by the transient infiltration equation did not affect the predicted scale parameters and the calculated soil physical quality indicators. Using reduced experimental information on the PSD (sedimentation time <= 60 min instead of <= 2880 min; percentages of particles lower than 0.002, 0.05 and 2.0 mm) did not have any statistically significant effect on the predicted parameters of the water retention curve and hydraulic conductivity function, and yielded mini mal change in the assessed soil physical quality measures. Worse results were obtained with recently propose 1 pedotransfer functions to estimate the water retention shape parameter. In conclusion, the BEST procedure should be expected to yield a reliable hydraulic characterization of the sampled soils. From a practical point of view, estimating the duration of the transient phase of infiltration does not seem to be a crucial step of tire data analysis procedure; and limited experimental information on the PSD can be used to predict soil hydraulic properties in fine-textured soils. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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|Titolo:||Testing different approaches to characterize Burundian soils by the BEST procedure|
BAGARELLO, VINCENZO (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|