Applied Soil Physics

This course will intro­duce stu­dents to the basic con­cepts of applied soil physics, with an empha­sis on the quan­ti­ta­tive aspects. Basic phys­i­cal aspects of both the sol­id and liq­uid phas­es of soils as well as how water is held by soils and how it moves through soils, will be cov­ered. The course will exam­ine the link between the soil water régime and process­es with­in the hydro­log­ic cycle, with empha­sis on infil­tra­tion and the soil phys­i­cal prop­er­ties affect­ing this key hydro­log­ic process. Soil man­age­ment chal­lenges that involve soil physics and how to manip­u­late soils to enhance their phys­i­cal prop­er­ties will also be examined.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand soil physical parameters.
  • Identify how soils hold water and how water moves in soils.
  • Complete calculations for soil physical properties and water balances.
  • Understand how soil physical properties can be manipulated for soil enhancement or for dealing with soil management challenges.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Required textbook: Hillel, Daniel (1998) Environmental Soil Physics, Academic Press, ISBN 0123485258.
  • Additional learning resources are available through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Bring your own device for access to course resources; students also must bring calculators and blank, non-lined paper to every class.
  • Assessment includes a final exam to be completed in-class.
Currently counts towards

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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