soil-water monitoring Articles

  • Monitoring of soil fertility

    Background In agriculture and forestry soil fertility is a decisive factor for the economic use of fields and forests. Various factors, considered as a whole are the indicators which characterize the soil fertility. Important parameters are e.g.: Intensity of precipitation, air temperature, air humidity, soil humidity, suction power and soil temperature in various depths. ...


    By OTT HydroMet

  • Soil & water remediation - Burntisland

    Caustic Soda Soil & Water Remediation & Demolition Works Client: Alcan Chemicals Ltd. Consultant; RPS Plc Challenge: Address contamination including elevated pH levels up to 14 pH arising from the use of caustic soda within the site processes for producing allumina, hydrocarbon contaminated material from ...


    By Soilutions Ltd

  • Mercury onsite monitoring in soil and water samples using the Cogent Environmental PDV6000plus and soil extraction devices

    This study details the onsite extraction of Mercury from a selection of soil and sludge samples and their subsequent analysis on the ...

  • Soil fertilization with wastewater biosolids – monitoring changes in the ‘soil–fertilizer–plant’ system and phosphorus recovery options

    The aim of this study is to establish changes that may occur after a prolonged application of wastewater sludge treated to biosolids, in the ‘soil–fertilizer–plant’ system. Thirteen experimental plots with different soil types planted with experimental crops were investigated in order to evaluate the suitability of these biosolids as soil conditioners and fertilizers. The biosolids were ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Soil and Water Benefits: Composting Reduces Fuel and Labor Costs on Family Farms

     Composting Reduces Fuel and Labor Costs on Family Farms Jeff and Pam Riesgraf — who manage a certified organic dairy and crop operation near Jordan, Minnesota — began composting manure from their dairy herd in 1993. They had two major objectives. First, they wanted to reduce weed seeds naturally present in manure. At the same time, they understood the need to protect water quality by ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Performance of a new capacitance soil moisture probe in a sandy soil

    Rapid population growth and increasing urban demand reduce the availability of water for agriculture in Florida. The water-holding capacity of sandy soils in the Central Florida Ridge area is very poor ( ...

  • Microorganisms as indicators of soil quality

    If we are to monitor soil quality, we need indicators of trends and changes. In order to choose relevant indicators, we must understand the factors controlling soil quality. Soil quality is dependent upon the physical, chemical and biological soil components. The interaction between these components is complex. The chemical and physical components have been more fully investigated than the ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • No-till corn after Bromegrass: Effect on soil carbon and soil aggregates

    Grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the USA may be converted to grain crops for bioenergy. The effect of no-till conversion of a smooth bromegrass (Bromus inermis Leyss) grassland to no-till corn (Zea mays L.) production on soil organic carbon (SOC) in the western Corn Belt was monitored for over 6 yr. A different 13C/12C isotope signature is imparted to SOC by C4 plants ...

  • Harvesting Corn Stover and Soil Quality

    Corn stover, left in fields after corn grain harvest, has been identified as a potential feedstock to help supply biofuel needed to offset a portion of the 14 million barrels of oils consumed daily by the U.S. transportation sector. It was projected to supply 256 million tons of the 1.4 billion tons of biomass (232 million Mg out of 1.3 billion Mg) estimated to be available each year. Corn stover ...

  • Monitoring Moisture In Composting Systems

    Monitoring Moisture In Composting Systems IF YOU SQUEEZE a handful of material and water drips or trickles out, it is the right moisture content for composting.” This bit of hands-on wisdom comes from the proverbial squeeze-test for evaluating moisture in composting piles. It has been uttered by Master Gardeners and other composting educators for many years as a tool for determining, and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Soil conservation and protection in Europe - the way ahead

    This book introduces the reader to the current soil protection and conservation debate in Europe. It is written for the informed person with a background in for example environmental science, agriculture, forestry, geography or law. The focus of this book is not on the scientific analysis of the problem but rather on the actions that can be taken to improve and protect European soils. We have ...


    By European Commission

  • Effects of biowaste compost amendment on soil microbial biomass and specific carbon turnover in agricultural soils

    The importance of biowaste compost as organic fertilisers has become more emergent in the last years due to the increased production of compost produced from biowaste. The utilisation of organic fertilisers in agriculture improves the physical, chemical and microbial properties of soils (Allievi et al., 1993; Senesi, 1989). Amendment of compost affects several soil properties positively like e.g. ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Planting trees and managing soils to sequester carbon

    As of 2007, the shrinking forests in the tropical regions were releasing 2.2 billion tons of carbon per year. Meanwhile, expanding forests in the temperate regions were absorbing 0.7 billion tons of carbon annually. On balance, a net of some 1.5 billion tons of carbon were being released into the atmosphere each year, contributing to global warming. The tropical deforestation in Asia is driven ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Effects of wastewater irrigation on soil properties and turfgrass growth

    Reuse of treated wastewater for turf irrigation is often viewed as one way to maximize existing urban water resources. The aim of this study is to evaluate the applicability of treated wastewater for turfgrass and assess the effects of continuous use of treated water on the soil and crop. Two turfgrass plots irrigated with drinking water and treated wastewater were monitored over a two-year ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Decadal changes in Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium in a deciduous forest soil

    Decadal changes in soil exchangeable K+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ concentrations and contents from 1972 to 2004 in eight intensively monitored plots on Walker Branch Watershed were compared with estimates of increments or decrements in vegetation and detritus. The results from these eight plots compared favorably with those from a more extensive set from 24 soil sampling plots sampled in 1972 and 2004. ...

  • Persistence of the tricyclic antidepressant drugs amitriptyline and nortriptyline in agriculture soils

    Amitriptyline and nortriptyline are widely‐used tricyclic antidepressant drugs. They have been detected in wastewater, surface runoff, and effluents from sewage treatment plants. As such, they could potentially reach agriculture land through the application of municipal biosolids or reclaimed water. In the absence of data on their fate in the environment, the persistence and dissipation ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Online monitoring of algae concentration with ALGcontrol - Case Study

    Online monitoring of algae concentration with ALGcontrol The presence of algae in surface waters is a potential threat to the quality and ecology of the water system. The control and monitoring of the algae concentrations are therefore of high importance. Due to green algae problems in the water reservoir of a drinking water treatment plant, the ALGcontrol was installed to continuously monitor ...

  • Spatial interpolation of cadmium contamination of agricultural soils in Changhua County, Taiwan

    A robust spatial model to interpolate topsoil cadmium concentrations monitored by Taiwan EPA was constructed for assessment of health risks posed by this contamination in Changhua County, Taiwan. kriging methods, using a Geographic Information Systems (GIS), were used to estimate the range and severity of topsoil contamination. Optimised Kriging models and geostatistical analyses revealed that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sulphur mineralization kinetics of cattle manure and green waste compost in soils

    Sulphur mineralization of cattle manure (CM) and green waste compost (GWC) added to six agricultural soils with different chemical properties was monitored over 10 weeks in a laboratory incubation experiment. Although the amount of sulphur was higher in CM than in GWC, the cumulative SO4 2--S values in GWC-treated soils were higher than in soil amended with CM. The percentages of mineralized S ...


    By SAGE Publications

  • Flow monitoring for golf course irrigation - Case Study

    “We are all talking about the price of oil, but it's water we'll be fighting for in the future” Summerheights Golf Links in Cornwall, Ontario draws irrigation water from the South Raisin River. Flow rates in the river can become very low during dry periods so water extraction is regulated and monitored closely. Under a water extraction permit issued by the Ministry of The ...


    By Greyline Instruments Inc.

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