Tag: soil water

Iowa Soil Drainage Class Maps [gSSURGO]

“Drainage class (natural)” refers to the frequency and duration of wet periods under conditions similar to those under which the soil formed. Alterations of the water regime by human activities, either through drainage or irrigation, are not a consideration unless they have significantly changed the morphology of the soil. Seven classes of natural soil drainage … Continue reading Iowa Soil Drainage Class Maps [gSSURGO]

Iowa Soil Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity (Ksat) Maps [gSSURGO]

Saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) refers to the ease with which pores in a saturated soil transmit water. The estimates are expressed in terms of micrometers per second. They are based on soil characteristics observed in the field, particularly structure, porosity, and texture. Saturated hydraulic conductivity is considered in the design of soil drainage systems and … Continue reading Iowa Soil Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity (Ksat) Maps [gSSURGO]