Soil moisture: A central and unifying theme in physical geography
Progress in Physical Geography
biogeography, climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, soil moisture
Soil moisture is a critical component of the earth system and plays an integrative role among the various subfields of physical geography. This paper highlights not just how soil moisture affects atmospheric, geomorphic, hydrologic, and biologic processes but that it lies at the intersection of these areas of scientific inquiry. Soil moisture impacts earth surface processes in such a way that it creates an obvious synergistic relationship among the various subfields of physical geography. The dispersive and cohesive properties of soil moisture also make it an important variable in regional and microclimatic analyses, landscape denudation and change through weathering, runoff generation and partitioning, mass wasting, and sediment transport. Thus, this paper serves as a call to use research in soil moisture as an integrative and unifying theme in physical geography. © The Author(s) 2010.
Legates, D.R.; Mahmood, R.; Levia, D.F.; DeLiberty, T.L.; and Quiring, S.M.. (2011). Soil moisture: A central and unifying theme in physical geography. Progress in Physical Geography, 35 (1), 65-86.