Impact of Biochar on Soil Water Content and Electrical Conductivity

Maciej Gliniak , Jakub Sikora , Urszula Sadowska , Agnieszka Klimek-Kopyra , Agnieszka Ewa Latawiec , Maciej Kuboń


The article presents the possibilities of using time-domain reflectometry (TDR) to determine the water content and electrical conductivity of mineral soil with biochar addition. The TDR method consists in measuring the time of electromagnetic pulse transmission and reflection from the obstacle back to the source point. The impulse is a step signal of voltage. The reflected signal contains information on the dielectric properties of the material being tested. Therefore, qualitative, and quantitative properties of the material can be detected. The tests were carried out using a mobile reflectometric device as an electronic humidity and conductive meter. Based on the obtained results, the usefulness of reflectometric methods in the study of the water content and electrical conductivity of mineral soil was determined.
Author Maciej Gliniak (FoPaPE / IoAEaI)
Maciej Gliniak,,
- Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Informatics
, Jakub Sikora (FoPaPE / IoAEaI)
Jakub Sikora,,
- Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Informatics
, Urszula Sadowska (FoPaPE / IoMEEaPP)
Urszula Sadowska,,
- Institute of Machinery Exploitation, Ergonomics and Production Processes
, Agnieszka Klimek-Kopyra (FoAaE / DoAaPP)
Agnieszka Klimek-Kopyra,,
- Department of Agroecology and Plant Production
, Agnieszka Ewa Latawiec (FoPaPE / IoAEaI)
Agnieszka Ewa Latawiec,,
- Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Informatics
, Maciej Kuboń (FoPaPE / IoAEaI)
Maciej Kuboń,,
- Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Informatics
Journal seriesIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, [Earth and environmental science], ISSN 1755-1307, e-ISSN 1755-1315, (0 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
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FinansowanieThe publication was financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under the strategic program “Natural environment, agriculture and forestry” BIOSTRATEG III (BIOSTRATEG3/345940/7/NCBR/2017).
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