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Outline. Announcements Soil Thermal Regime Evaporation. Soil Physics 2010. Announcements. Review sessions this week: Today, 11-1 in G217 Wednesday, 11-1, 1581 No quiz today!. Soil Physics 2010. Homework 6, question 3a.

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Outline

• Announcements
• Soil Thermal Regime
• Evaporation

Soil Physics 2010

Announcements

• Review sessions this week:
• Today, 11-1 in G217
• Wednesday, 11-1, 1581
• No quiz today!

Soil Physics 2010

Homework 6, question 3a

You are monitoring soil temperature, wetness, and CO2 concentrations, and want to calculate the CO2 efflux. A spreadsheet of your data (SP_HW6_gasdiff.xls) is available on the course website. Plot the calculated (a) CO2 diffusivity as a function of depth and time. (see pdf online for more details)

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Homework 6, question 3b

Plot the calculated (b) CO2 efflux (diffusion across the soil surface) as a function of time for the period given. State your assumptions.

What is D(q,T) for

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How do you average diffusivity (or conductivity)?

Conductors in series use a harmonic mean (in parallel, they use the arithmetic mean)

Soil Physics 2010

Homework 6, question 3b

Plot the calculated (b) CO2 efflux (diffusion across the soil surface) as a function of time for the period given. State your assumptions.

parallel: arithmetic mean

=average(1,2,3…) in excel

y-axis units are ppm / cm2 s

series: harmonic mean

=harmean(1,2,3…) in excel

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Back to the soil thermal regime

Ta= Average Temperature

A0 = amplitude of temperature at the surface

w = 2p / period (say, 24 hours): normalizes the “clock time” t to the 2p sine wave period.

d = “damping depth”: depth z at which thermal amplitude is A0/e:normalizes “physical depth” z to exponential function depth. Specifically,

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The sine part

This is about the soil surface warming during the day, and cooling at night.

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More sine stuff

Clock time at the surface, normalized to 2p

Phase shift with depth

Phase constant: adjust so peak is at the right time of day

3:00 pm

6:00 am

midnight

noon

midnight

For a period of 24 hours, and a peak at the surface at 3:00 pm (the 13th hour),

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The e-z part

exponential decay, half-lives, etc.

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Summary

• Thermal properties (specifically DT) appear only in the definition of damping depth:
• Phase shifts (delays) as sine wave propagates downward
• Amplitude decreases as the wave propagates downward
• Temperature is constant at infinite depth

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Applications

• timing and phase shift, or
• amplitude
• but not both.
• When it’s a timing question, focus on the sin() part
• When it’s about amplitude, concentrate on the e-z/d part

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Example application

On the coldest day of the year, at what depth is the warmest soil found?

Translation: what depth z is ½ cycle (i.e., p) later than the surface?

½ cycle delay requires that ,

where and ,

so

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Example application

Around June 20, the soil surface temperature may have an amplitude of 15 °C in one day. At what depth is the amplitude only 2.5 °C in one day?

This is an amplitude problem, so we are only concerned with the e-z/d part.

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Evaporation

Soil wets: Infiltration

Soil dries: Drainage

Transpiration

Evaporation – John?

Soil Physics 2010