An estimate of energy dissipation due to soil-moisture hysteresis

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/597523
Title:
An estimate of energy dissipation due to soil-moisture hysteresis
Authors:
McNamara, H.
Abstract:
Processes of infiltration, transport, and outflow in unsaturated soil necessarily involve the dissipation of energy through various processes. Accounting for these energetic processes can contribute to modeling hydrological and ecological systems. The well-documented hysteretic relationship between matric potential and moisture content in soil suggests that one such mechanism of energy dissipation is associated with the cycling between wetting and drying processes, but it is challenging to estimate the magnitude of the effect in situ. The Preisach model, a generalization of the Independent Domain model, allows hysteresis effects to be incorporated into dynamical systems of differential equations. Building on earlier work using such systems with field data from the south-west of Ireland, this work estimates the average rate of hysteretic energy dissipation. Through some straightforward assumptions, the magnitude of this rate is found to be of O(10-5) W m-3. Key Points Hysteresis in soil-water dissipates energy The rate of dissipation can be estimated directly from saturation data The rate of heating caused is significant ©2013. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
Citation:
McNamara H (2014) An estimate of energy dissipation due to soil-moisture hysteresis. Water Resour Res 50: 725–735. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2012WR012634.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Water Resources Research
KAUST Grant Number:
KUK-C1–013-04
Issue Date:
Jan-2014
DOI:
10.1002/2012WR012634
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0043-1397
Sponsors:
Part of this work was carried out while the author was supported by the Oxford Martin School. The author also benefited from the hospitality of the Aspen Center for Physics, courtesy of the National Science Foundation grant 1066393, and from award KUK-C1–013-04, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). A special acknowledgement must go to the late Alexei Pokrovskii, one of the originators of the mathematical theory of hysteresis, who suggested this investigation but unfortunately did not see its completion. A final acknowledgement is due to the reviewers of this manuscript who made important suggestions to make it clearer and more accessible.
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dc.contributor.authorMcNamara, H.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T12:41:23Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T12:41:23Zen
dc.date.issued2014-01en
dc.identifier.citationMcNamara H (2014) An estimate of energy dissipation due to soil-moisture hysteresis. Water Resour Res 50: 725–735. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2012WR012634.en
dc.identifier.issn0043-1397en
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/2012WR012634en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/597523en
dc.description.abstractProcesses of infiltration, transport, and outflow in unsaturated soil necessarily involve the dissipation of energy through various processes. Accounting for these energetic processes can contribute to modeling hydrological and ecological systems. The well-documented hysteretic relationship between matric potential and moisture content in soil suggests that one such mechanism of energy dissipation is associated with the cycling between wetting and drying processes, but it is challenging to estimate the magnitude of the effect in situ. The Preisach model, a generalization of the Independent Domain model, allows hysteresis effects to be incorporated into dynamical systems of differential equations. Building on earlier work using such systems with field data from the south-west of Ireland, this work estimates the average rate of hysteretic energy dissipation. Through some straightforward assumptions, the magnitude of this rate is found to be of O(10-5) W m-3. Key Points Hysteresis in soil-water dissipates energy The rate of dissipation can be estimated directly from saturation data The rate of heating caused is significant ©2013. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.en
dc.description.sponsorshipPart of this work was carried out while the author was supported by the Oxford Martin School. The author also benefited from the hospitality of the Aspen Center for Physics, courtesy of the National Science Foundation grant 1066393, and from award KUK-C1–013-04, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). A special acknowledgement must go to the late Alexei Pokrovskii, one of the originators of the mathematical theory of hysteresis, who suggested this investigation but unfortunately did not see its completion. A final acknowledgement is due to the reviewers of this manuscript who made important suggestions to make it clearer and more accessible.en
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.subjectdissipationen
dc.subjecthysteresisen
dc.subjectsoil moistureen
dc.titleAn estimate of energy dissipation due to soil-moisture hysteresisen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalWater Resources Researchen
dc.contributor.institutionOxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics and Oxford Martin School; University of Oxford Oxford UKen
kaust.grant.numberKUK-C1–013-04en
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