Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
SOIL, 3, 67–82, 2017
SOIL, 3, 67–82, 2017

Original research article 30 Mar 2017

Original research article | 30 Mar 2017

A probabilistic approach to quantifying soil physical properties via time-integrated energy and mass input

Christopher Shepard et al.

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Here we demonstrate the use of a probabilistic approach for quantifying soil physical properties and variability using time and environmental input. We applied this approach to a synthesis of soil chronosequences, i.e., soils that change with time. The model effectively predicted clay content across the soil chronosequences and for soils in complex terrain using soil depth as a proxy for hill slope. This model represents the first attempt to model soils from a probabilistic viewpoint.