Reg no: F80/99569/2015

Topic: A Robust Computer Program for analysing soil water retention characteristics (SWRC) Models



Soil water retention characteristic is the key soil property used in many applications in the fields of irrigation, hydrology, geotechnical engineering and soil science in general. Since the advent of digital soil mapping and digital soil assessment paradigms, there has been an upsurge of development of soil inference models and the need to increase accurate application of soil mapping products. All soils can be partially saturated with water and also near oven dryness. Therefore, constitutive models for soils should ideally represent the soil behaviour over entire range. This paper reviewed commonly used SWRC models. In order to stem potential for biasness, the models were grouped into three categories depending on the number of fitting parameters, namely, five-parameter, four-parameter and three-parameter categories. The evaluation used correlation and residual standard error statistics to choose the best overall performing model and in each category. Its results serve as a guide for selecting the models to be preferred for fitting SWRC in case there are limitations to the number of suction potential levels in the measured data.

Graduand unit
Environmental and Biosystems Engineering
Graduand Level
Graduand Convocation
Graduand MonthYear
December 2021
Graduand Programme
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Biosystems Engineering