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Soil Physics Lecture
Modeling Terrestrial Systems (MVEnv special)
Kurt Roth

SS 2013, MVEnv special
Lecture: Mo 16:1517:45, INF 229,SR 108/110 and OMZ INF 350, U 011

Aims:
Operational capability to analyze and simulate numerically the fieldscale flow of water observed with groundpenetrating radar

Material:
Sites & Data:
 ASSESSGPR, a 20 x 4 x 2 m3 constructed sand box with natural atmospheric forcing and controlled water table
 field site near Fengqiu Research Station, North China Plain
Tools:
 MuPhi: Richards solver (Olaf Ippisch, IWR)
 MEEP: Maxwell solver (MIT)

Concept:
Quickly review/introduce the underlying physical concepts
 soil water flow (parameterization, phenomenology)
 electromagnetic methods (propagation of waves, dielectric model, TDR, GPR incl methods)
and then form small groups who define and tackle small projects.


Prerequisites:
This course
belongs to the Masters curriculum in physics. It may also be of
interest for students of mathematics with an interest in applications
and for students of geosciences and geography with an inclination
towards theory and modeling.
MVEnv2 – Soil Physics –, or adequate knowledge of the material covered in the Lecture Notes in Soil Physics, is a mandatory prerequisite for this course.

