Estimation of tropical soils’ hydraulic properties with inverse method and tension infiltrometer field data

João José da Silva Junior, Alberto Colombo, Geraldo Cézar Oliveira, Bruno Montoani Silva, José Eduardo Juliaci Eugênio



In the last few years, many studies have been published by authors from several countries offering approximations and use of the inverse method. However, the unique environmental conditions and distinct properties of the tropical soils in Brazil require extra considerations and the need to adjust these methods to tropical soil conditions. Considering the above, this determined the parameters of the van Genuchten (1980) model (θs, θr, α, n) of the water retention curve in the soils. It also determined the parameter (Ks) of the soil’s hydraulic conductivity curve by solving an inverse problem using the HYDRUS-2D model, considering cumulative infiltration data collected in the field by means of an infiltration test using the tension infiltrometer. It then compared the hydraulic properties determined by these methods in relation to the standard laboratory method. The inverse method was able to efficiently determine the water retention curves in the soils here studied; however, it was not possible to reliably determine the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity curve.


cumulative infiltration, initial condition, modeling, objective function


Revista Ambiente & Água. ISSN:1980-993X DOI:10.4136/1980-993X

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