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All publications of “Quirijn de Jong van Lier”

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Hydrostatic Equilibrium between Soil Samples and Pressure Plates Used in Soil Water Retention Determination: Consequences of a Questionable Assumption

Quirijn de Jong van Lier ORCID logo , Everton Alves Rodrigues Pinheiro ORCID logo , Leonardo Inforsato ORCID logo


ABSTRACT Soil water retention is among the soil hydraulic properties most routinely measured in studies of soil physics and related areas. This property is used in dynamic simulations of vadose zone processes such as soil water availability, surface boundary processes of evaporation and infiltration, and the fate of soil pollutants. The most common measurement technique consists in establishing a hydrostatic equilibrium between an initially saturated soil sample and a porous medium at a certain tension on a tension table or […]

Performance of the Groenevelt and Grant Model for Fitting Soil Water Retention Data from Brazilian Soils

Robson André Armindo ORCID logo , Quirijn de Jong van Lier ORCID logo , Maria Eliza Turek ORCID logo , Aline Mari Huf dos Reis ORCID logo , Marina Luciana Abreu de Melo ORCID logo , Maria Elisa Palma Ramos ORCID logo , [...]


ABSTRACT The soil water retention curve (SWRC) is essential for vadose zone hydrological modeling and related applications. In 2004, Groenevelt and Grant (GRT) presented a mathematical model for describing the SWRC and reported its mathematical versatility and good fit to soils from a Dutch database. In order to evaluate the application of GRT to SWRCs of Brazilian soils, we aimed to analyze the performance of GRT for 72 soils from Brazil. Besides that, the obtained results with GRT for these […]

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An Alert Regarding a Common Misinterpretation of the Van Genuchten α Parameter

Quirijn de Jong van Lier, Everton Alves Rodrigues Pinheiro


ABSTRACT Among the equations available to describe the relation between matric potential and soil water content, the soil water retention function, the most commonly used is the equation proposed by Van Genuchten in his 1980 landmark paper. In soil physics literature, especially in Brazil, several authors relate the inverse of the Van Genuchten parameter α to the air-entry pressure. This study aimed to show this common interpretation to be erroneous, as 1/α corresponds to water contents lower than saturation. The […]

Retention and Solute Transport Properties in Disturbed and Undisturbed Soil Samples

Lívia Previatello da Silva, Quirijn de Jong van Lier, Marcus Metri Correa, Jarbas Honorio de Miranda, Luciano Alves de Oliveira


ABSTRACT Solute transport parameters can be determined in miscible displacement experiments, usually performed in columns with disturbed (sieved) soil samples. Experiments with undisturbed samples are uncommon, due to the difficulty of taking undisturbed samples at the size required for these experiments. Structural alteration of the disturbed material implies modifications in the pore geometry that determines hydraulic properties, including hydraulic conductivity and retention and properties related to miscible displacement. An existing model for prediction of breakthrough curves based on retention properties […]

Some questions about Yang et al. “Quantitative assessment of soil physical quality in northern China based on S-theory” [Rev Bras Cienc Solo. 2015;39:1311-21]

Quirijn de Jong van Lier


Almost two years have passed since the publication in RBCS of my critical review about the S-index and its use in Brazil (De ). Two main conclusions were drawn from the analysis presented in that paper. First, as a relative indicator of soil physical quality, the S-index () has no additional values over bulk density or total porosity. Second, as an absolute indicator, S has shown not to be capable of predicting soil physical quality, and a threshold value (like […]


Quirijn de Jong van Lier, Paulo Ivonir Gubiani


As opposed to objective definitions in soil physics, the subjective term “soil physical quality” is increasingly found in publications in the soil physics area. A supposed indicator of soil physical quality that has been the focus of attention, especially in the Brazilian literature, is the Least Limiting Water Range (RLL), translated in Portuguese as “Intervalo Hídrico Ótimo” or IHO. In this paper the four limiting water contents that define RLL are discussed in the light of objectively determinable soil physical […]


Paulo Ivonir Gubiani, Quirijn de Jong Van Lier, Marta Sandra Drescher, Henrique Caletti Mezzomo, Camila Machado Costa Veiga


Soil compaction is an undesirable consequence of land use for crop production, especially under cultivation with minimum soil turnover as in the no-tillage system (NTS). However, the compaction caused by machine traffic on soils under NTS does not make crop production unviable, indicating that some intrinsic mechanisms promote the reversion of soil compaction. In this study, the influence of alternate contraction and expansion cycles was evaluated with regard to the bulk density (ρ) of a Latossolo Vermelho argiloso (clayey Oxisol) […]

Revisiting the S-index for soil physical quality and its use in Brazil

Quirijn de Jong van Lier


The S-index was introduced in 2004 in a publication by A.R. Dexter. S was proposed as an indicator of soil physical quality. A critical value delimiting soils with rich and poor physical quality was proposed. At present, Brazil is world leader in citations of Dexter’s publication. In this publication the S-theory is mathematically revisited and extended. It is shown that S is mathematically correlated to bulk density and total porosity. As an absolute indicator, the value of S alone has […]

Pedotransfer functions to estimate water retention parameters of soils in northeastern Brazil

Alexandre Hugo Cezar Barros, Quirijn de Jong van Lier, Aline de Holanda Nunes Maia, Fábio Vale Scarpare


Pedotransfer functions (PTF) were developed to estimate the parameters (α, n, θr and θs) of the van Genuchten model (1980) to describe soil water retention curves. The data came from various sources, mainly from studies conducted by universities in Northeast Brazil, by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and by a corporation for the development of the São Francisco and Parnaíba river basins (Codevasf), totaling 786 retention curves, which were divided into two data sets: 85 % for the development […]

Soil thermal diffusivity estimated from data of soil temperature and single soil component properties

Quirijn de Jong van Lier, Angelica Durigon


Under field conditions, thermal diffusivity can be estimated from soil temperature data but also from the properties of soil components together with their spatial organization. We aimed to determine soil thermal diffusivity from half-hourly temperature measurements in a Rhodic Kanhapludalf, using three calculation procedures (the amplitude ratio, phase lag and Seemann procedures), as well as from soil component properties, for a comparison of procedures and methods. To determine thermal conductivity for short wave periods (one day), the phase lag method […]

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