Integrating processes in soils using fractal models

Crawford, J. W. , Pachepsky, Y.A. and Rawls, W.J. (2000) Integrating processes in soils using fractal models. In: Pachepsky, Y.A., Crawford, J.W. and Rawls, W.J. (eds.) Fractals in Soil Science. Series: Developments in soil science (27). Elsevier, pp. 1-5. ISBN 9780444505309 (doi:10.1016/S0166-2481(00)80002-1)

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Abstract

Publisher Summary: Soil structure affects and relates physical, chemical, and biological processes in soil. Progress in quantifying the relationship is hampered by the complexity of soil structure and the intrinsic opacity of soil that makes it difficult to introduce directly measurable parameters of soil structure. To avoid this difficulty, simplifying assumptions are made that often involve the introduction of characteristic scales. The objectives of assembling the chapter are three-fold: (1) to introduce and discuss the methods for identifying fractal structure and for measuring fractal dimension, (2) to demonstrate the wide-ranging applicability of the fractal techniques in soil physics, biology, and chemistry; and (3) to indicate the potential for a common framework within which the interaction of many complex soil processes can be addressed. This chapter provides an account of the state of the art in applying fractals to modeling processes in soil science after ten years from the start of intensive application.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Crawford, Professor John
Authors: Crawford, J. W., Pachepsky, Y.A., and Rawls, W.J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Developments in Soil Science
Publisher:Elsevier
ISBN:9780444505309
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