Indian Journal of Agricultural Research

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Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, volume 48 issue 6 (december 2014) : 409-420


N.G. Patil*, G.S. Rajput1
1National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Shankarnagar, P.O, Nagpur-440 010, India
Cite article:- Patil* N.G., Rajput1 G.S. (2023). SURROGATE ESTIMATION OF SOIL WATER RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS OF SEASONALLY IMPOUNDED SOILS. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 48(6): 409-420. doi: 10.5958/0976-058X.2014.01324.9.
Measurement of soil hydraulic properties is an arduous task, especially to meet the large scale data requirements. This has prompted numerous studies on surrogate estimation of hydraulic properties. Objective of this study was to build regional hydraulic database and develop pedotransfer functions (PTF) for estimation of water retention characteristics (WRC) of seasonally impounded shrink-swell soils. Soil samples from 41 soil profiles were analyzed in the laboratory for soil-water retention at nine pre-determined suction pressure points and basic soil properties. These data were used for calibrating neural PTFs to predict Van Genuchten (VG) function parameters for prediction of WRC from basic soil properties data. Routine method of deriving and relating retention function parameters to basic soil properties and Neuro-m method resulted in unacceptable PTFs (RMSE > 0.05 m3 m-3) . In place of parameters derived from SWRC, we used ‘Rosetta’ estimates of VG parameters to relate basic soil properties. Resultant hierarchical parametric PTFs with prediction accuracy of RMSE
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