Summary & Purpose
Pedotransfer functions (PTFs) have been developed to estimate soil bulk density (BDFF) using the relationships with soil organic carbon content (SOC) and particle size distribution. Current PTF’s implicitly assume that coarse fraction (CF) content and lithology do not influence BDFF. In this study, we examine the influence of CF content and lithology on BDFF estimates by developing PTF’s for total bulk density (BDT), which includes both fine and coarse fragments, using measured SOC in soils derived from felsic and mafic lithologies (148 felsic and 64 mafic, 212 total). Our results show that SOC is highly correlated with BDT in soils derived from felsic (r2 value of 0.79, p2 value of 0.84, p 2 mm), and we adjust BDT with soil pedon CF content to determine fine fraction bulk densities (BDFF-CFadj). A validation subset of 70 samples was used to compare our model against 23 published PTFs. When BDT is corrected for CF, which is highly variable vertically and horizontally within the watershed, we observe substantial improvements (average of 10.05 ± 4.89 %) in BDFF-CFadj estimation and associated errors compared to other PTFs. Findings from our study demonstrate that incorporation of CF and lithology into BDFF estimations can substantially improve BDFF and consequently soil carbon stock estimates.
Date of Publication or Submission
This study was conducted in collaboration and cooperation with the USDA Agriculture Research Service, Northwest Watershed Research Center, Boise, Idaho, and landowners within the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory (RC CZO). Support for this research was provided by NSF for RC CZO Cooperative agreement NSF EAR-1331872. Data are available at the criticalzone.org data portal. Every sample at RC CZO is registered with an International Geo Sample Number through System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR). Gordon Gulch data collection was funded by the Keck Geology Consortium, the National Science Foundation (NSF EAR-1062720), University of Connecticut Research Foundation, and NSF Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory (NSF EAR-072496). The authors declare no financial conflicts.
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Patton, Nicholas R.; Lohse, Kathleen A.; Seyfried, M.S.; Will, Ryan M.; and Benner, Shawn. (2018). Dataset for Lithology and Coarse Fraction Adjusted Bulk Density Estimates for Determining Total Organic Carbon Stocks in Dryland Soils [Data set]. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.18122/B22M6Q