Articles | Volume 2, issue 3
SOIL, 2, 421–431, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-421-2016
SOIL, 2, 421–431, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-421-2016

Original research article 12 Aug 2016

Original research article | 12 Aug 2016

Characterization of stony soils' hydraulic conductivity using laboratory and numerical experiments

Eléonore Beckers et al.

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Determining the behaviour of stony soils with respect to infiltration and storage of water is of major importance, since stony soils are widespread across the globe. The most common procedure to overcome this difficulty is to describe the hydraulic characteristics of a stony soils in terms of the fine fraction of soil corrected for the volume of stones present. Our study suggests that considering this hypothesis might be ill-founded, especially for saturated soils.