The electrical permittivity and conductivity of the bulk soil are a function of the permittivity and conductivity of the pore water. For soil water contents higher than 0.10 both functions are equal, facilitating in situ conductivity measurements of the pore water. A novel method is described, based on simultaneous measurements of permittivity and conductivity of the bulk soil from which the conductivity of the pore water can be calculated. A prototype of a pore water conductivity sensor based on this method is presented. Validation results show that the method can be used for a broad range of soils and is valid for water contents between 0.10 and saturation and for the conductivity of the pore water up to 0.3 S m-1.
|Journal||Soil Science Society of America Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|