Basic Information and Background of the Soil Physics and Hydrology Division

Soil physics and hydrology is the study of soil physical, hydraulic and thermal properties and processes in soil. These processes are applied to many aspects of environmental and agricultural sciences, particularly those related to natural and managed ecosystems. Soil physics and hydrology deals with the dynamics of physical soil components and their phases (solids, liquids, and gases). This incredibly interesting field draws upon and integrates the principles of physics, physical chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics, and meteorology, when applied to the land surface and atmospheric interface. These processes are especially important when addressing today’s complex problems, which need multi-disciplinary approaches to solve.  Soil physics and hydrology serves and benefits hydrologists, biogeochemists, atmospheric scientists, and engineers throughout a wide array of the earth sciences. 

Some specific areas that are represented in the Soil Physics and Hydrology division include physical properties and processes of soils, water movement and retention, soil structure and aggregation, solute transport, spatial variability of properties and processes, evapotranspiration, and mathematical modeling of water and solute transport.

We appreciate you visiting this webpage and supporting the Soil Physics and Hydrology Division. Contact information on your Division officers is found below.

View the Soil Physics and Hydrology Division Officers

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Soil Physics and Hydrology Division News
 

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2017 Soil Physics and Hydrology Division Student Competition Winners
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1st place ($300) Candice Medina, Texas A&M University;

2nd place ($250) Catherine Kobylinski, Texas A&M University;

3rd place ($200) Jingjing Chen, Virginia Tech;

4th place ($150) Kshitij Parajuli, Utah State University;

5th place ($100) Yuichi Maruo, Meiji University.

Acclima Inc. sponsored the student competitions.

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2017 Soil Physics and Hydrology Division Early Career Award
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Emmanuel Arthur Photo

Emmanuel Arthur
Aarhus University

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2017 Don and Betty Kirkham Award
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Markus Flury Photo

Markus Flury
Washington State University
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For any specific suggestions or questions, please contact your Division officers.

Chair,
Div. Soil Physics and Hydrology
Yan Jin
Term: Jan 01 2018 - Dec 31 2018
University of Delaware

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Newark, DE 19716
Tel: 302-831-6962
Email: yjin@udel.edu

Chair-Elect,
Div. Soil Physics and Hydrology
Scott Bradford
Term: Jan 01 2018 - Dec 31 2018
USDA-ARS U.S. Salinity Laboratory

450 W. Big Springs Road
Riverside, CA 92507
Tel: 951-369-4857
Email: scott.bradford@ars.usda.gov

Past-Chair,
Div. Soil Physics and Hydrology
Tyson Ochsner
Term: Jan 01 2018 - Dec 31 2018
Oklahoma State University

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
368 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078-6028
Tel: 405-744-3627
Email: tyson.ochsner@okstate.edu



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