The Las Cruces trench site: characterization, experimental results, and one-dimensional flow predictions

TitleThe Las Cruces trench site: characterization, experimental results, and one-dimensional flow predictions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsWierenga P.J, Hills R.G, Hudson D.B
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume27
Pagination2695-2705
Date Published1991
Accession NumberJRN00144
Call Number00459
Keywordsarticle, articles, journal, journals, model, infiltration, rainfall simulation, infiltration, trench study
Abstract

A comprehensive field trench study was conducted in a semiarid area of southern New Mexico to provide data to test deterministic and stochastic models of vadose zone flow and transport.... Comparisons between the one-dimensional infiltration model predictions and field observations show that the use of the layered soil model rather than the uniform soil model does not consistently improve the accuracy of the predictions for this particular field application. This result illustrates that increasing the spatial resolution of the deterministic characterization of the site in the vertical direction does not always improve the model predications. Uncertainties due to horizontal spatial variability and due to other difficulties associated with experimental characterization appear to be more significant.

URLfiles/bibliography/JRN00144.pdf
DOI10.1029/91WR01537