Soil Physics

Lecture content:

Terrestrial environmental physics focuses on fluxes of energy and matter in soils and at their interfaces to the atmosphere and to marine ecosystems. Therefore, physical characteristics of soils as porous media will be presented and their effects on the dynamics of water in soil will be discussed. Furthermore, physical processes governing the transport of (trace) solutes in soils (diffusion. convection, dispersion) and their physico-chemical interaction processes at the soil/water interface will be treated.


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