Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
SOIL, 7, 179–191, 2021
SOIL, 7, 179–191, 2021

Original research article 11 Jun 2021

Original research article | 11 Jun 2021

Impact of freeze–thaw cycles on soil structure and soil hydraulic properties

Frederic Leuther and Steffen Schlüter


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-13', Anonymous Referee #1, 01 Apr 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Frederic Leuther, 15 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-13', Anonymous Referee #2, 04 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Frederic Leuther, 15 Apr 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Revision (15 Apr 2021) by Estela Nadal Romero
AR by Frederic Leuther on behalf of the Authors (16 Apr 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Apr 2021) by Estela Nadal Romero
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (23 Apr 2021)
ED: Publish as is (23 Apr 2021) by Estela Nadal Romero
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 May 2021) by Johan Six(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Freezing and thawing cycles are an important agent of soil structural transformation during the winter season in the mid-latitudes. This study shows that it promotes a well-connected pore system, fragments dense soil clods, and, hence, increases the unsaturated conductivity by a factor of 3. The results are important for predicting the structure formation and hydraulic properties of soils, with the prospect of milder winters due to climate change, and for farmers preparing the seedbed in spring.