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Soils - Objectives

Clemson Hydrogeology Field Camp

Clemson Hydrogeology Field Camp

Soils background

Upon completion, students will be able to:

    • Recognize applications for vadose zone hydrology
    • Describe and classify soils
    • Measure soil moisture in the field and lab
    • Measure hydraulic conductivity and pore pressure in the field
    • Use field measurements to calculate flow

Soil description

Upon completion, students will be able to:

    • Characterize soils using USDA and USCS methods
    • Describe soils in a field setting 

Pressure and moisture in soil

Upon completion, students will be able to:

    • Understand principles of pressure, moisture content, and flow in soil
    • Measure pressure in soil in the field
    • Measure moisture content in the field and lab

Hydraulic conductivity of soils

Upon completion, students will be able to:

    • Understand relative permeability and Darcy's Law in the vadose zone
    • Conduct tests with field permeameters
    • Analyze data from field permeameters and use the results to solve problems