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Development and Analysis of Soil Water Infiltration Global Database
Mehdi Rahmati1,2, Lutz Weihermüller2,3, Jan Vanderborght2,3, Yakov A. Pachepsky4, Lili Mao5, Seyed Hamidreza Sadeghi6, Niloofar Moosavi2, Hossein Kheirfam7, Carsten Montzka2,3, Kris Van Looy2,3, Brigitta Toth8, Zeinab Hazbavi6, Wafa Al Yamani9, Ammar A. Albalasmeh10, Ma'in Z. Alghzawi10, Rafael Angulo-Jaramillo11, Antônio Celso Dantas Antonino12, George Arampatzis13, Robson André Armindo14, Hossein Asadi15, Yazidhi Bamutaze16, Jordi Batlle-Aguilar17,18,19, Beatrice Bechet20, Fabian Becker21, Günter Blöschl22,23, Klaus Bohne24, Isabelle Braud25, Clara Castellano26, Artemi Cerdà27, Maha Chalhoub17, Rogerio Cichota28, Milena Císlerová29, Brent Clothier30, Yves Coquet17,31, Wim Cornelis32, Corrado Corradini33, Artur Paiva Coutinho12, Muriel Bastista de Oliveira34, José Ronaldo de Macedo35, Matheus Fonseca Durães14, Hojat Emami36, Iraj Eskandari37, Asghar Farajnia38, Alessia Flammini33, Nándor Fodor39, Mamoun Gharaibeh10, Mohamad Hossein Ghavimipanah6, Teamrat A. Ghezzehei40, Simone Giertz41, Evangelos G Hatzigiannakis13, Rainer Horn42, Juan José Jiménez43, Diederik Jacques44, Saskia Deborah Keesstra45,46, Hamid Kelishadi47, Mahboobeh Kiani-Harchegani6, Mehdi Kouselou1, Madan Kumar Jha48, Laurent Lassabatere11, Xiaoyan Li49, Mark A. Liebig50, Lubomír Lichner51, María Victoria López52, Deepesh Machiwal53, Dirk Mallants54, Micael Stolben Mallmann55, Jean Dalmo de Oliveira Marques56, Miles R. Marshall57, Jan Mertens58, Félicien Meunier59, Mohammad Hossein Mohammadi15, Binayak P. Mohanty60, Mansonia Pulido Moncada61, Suzana Montenegro62, Renato Morbidelli33, David Moret-Fernández52, Ali Akbar Moosavi63, Mohammad Reza Mosaddeghi47, Seyed Bahman Mousavi1, Hasan Mozaffari63, Kamal Nabiollahi64, Mohammad Reza Neyshabouri65, Marta Vasconcelos Ottoni66, Theophilo Benedicto Ottoni Filho67, Mohammad Reza Pahlavan Rad68, Andreas Panagopoulos13, Stephan Peth69, Pierre-Emmanuel Peyneau20, Tommaso Picciafuoco22,23, Jean Poesen70, Manuel Pulido71, Dalvan José Reinert72, Sabine Reinsch57, Meisam Rezaei32, Francis Parry Roberts57, David Robinson57, Jesús Rodrigo-Comino73,74, Otto Corrêa Rotunno Filho75, Tadaomi Saito76, Hideki Suganuma77, Carla Saltalippi33, Renáta Sándor39, Brigitta Schütt21, Manuel Seeger74, Nasrollah Sepehrnia78, Ehsan Sharifi Moghaddam78, Manoj Shukla79, Shiraki Shutaro80, Ricardo Sorando25, Ajayi Asishana Stanley81, Peter Strauss82, Zhongbo Su83, Ruhollah Taghizadeh-Mehrjardi84, Encarnación Taguas85, Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira86, Ali Reza Vaezi87, Mehdi Vafakhah6, Tomas Vogel29, Iris Vogeler28, Jana Votrubova29, Steffen Werner88, Thierry Winarski11, Deniz Yilmaz89, Michael H. Young90, Steffen Zacharias91, Yijian Zeng83, Ying Zhao92, Hong Zhao83, and Harry Vereecken2,3 1Department of Soil Science and Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maragheh, Maragheh, Iran
2Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences: Agrosphere (IBG - 3), Jülich, Germany
3ISMC International Soil Modeling Consortium
4USDA - ARS Environmental M icrobial and Food Safety Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705
5Key Laboratory of Dryland Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, PR China
6Department of Watershed Management Engineering, Faculty of Natural Resources, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
7Department of Environmental Sciences, Urmia Lake Research Institute, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran
8Institute for Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungari an Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary; University of Pannonia, Georgikon Faculty, Department of Crop Production and Soil Science, Keszthely, Hungary
9Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, UAE
10Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, Jordan University of Science and Technolog y, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan
11Univ Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRS, ENTPE, UMR5023 LEHNA, F - 69518, Vaulx-en-Velin, France
12Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro Acadêmico do Agreste, Núcleo de Tecnologia, Caruaru, Brazil
13Hellenic Agricultural Organization, Soil and Water Resources Institute, 57400 Sindos, Greece
14Núcleo de Atividades em Engenharia de Biossistemas (NAEB), DSEA - UFPR, Curitiba, PR, Brazil
15Department of soil science engineering, Faculty of agriculture and natural resources, University of Tehran. Karaj., Iran
16Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
17UMR 1402 INRA AgroParisTech Functional Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Agroec osystems, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, AgroParisTech B.P. 01 F-78850 Thiverval - Grignon, France
18UMR 8148 IDES CNRS/Université Paris - Sud XI Bât. 504 Faculté des Sciences 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
19Innovative Groundwater Solutions (IGS ), Victor Harbor, 5211, South Australia, Australia
20LUNAM Université, IIFSTTAR, GERS, EE, F-44344 Bouguenais, France
21Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Earth Sciences, Institute of Geographical Sciences, Malteserstr. 74-100, Lankwitz, 12249, BERLIN, Germany
22Centre for Water Resource Systems, TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria
23Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13/222, 1040 Vienna, Austria
24Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock, Germany
25Irstea, UE RiverLy, Lyon-Villeurbanne Center, 69625 Villeurbanne, France
26Pyrenean Institute of Ecology-CSIC. AV. Montañana 1005 // Av. Victoria s/n. 50059 Zaragoza//22700 Jaca, Huesca, Spain
27Soil Erosion and Degradation Research Group, Department of Geography, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
28Plant and Food Research, Mount Albert Research Station, Auckland, New Zealand
29Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Thákurova 7, 166 29 Prague 6, Czech Republic
30Plant & Food Research, Palmerston North, New Zealand
31ISTO UMR 7327 Université d’Orléans, CNRS, BRGM, 45071 Orléans, France
32Department of Soil Management, UNESCO Chair on Eremology, Ghent University, Belgium
33Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
34UniRedentor University Center. BR 356, 25, Presidente Costa e Silva, Itaperuna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
35Embrapa Solos, Rua Jardim Botâni co, 1.024, CEP 22040 - 060, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
36Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Ferdowsi Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
37Dryland Agricultural Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization Maragh eh, East Azerbaijan, Iran
38Scientific Member of Soil and Water Research Department, East Azerbaijan Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education center, Iran
39Agricultural Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Brunszvik str. 2., H-2462 Martonvásár, Hungary
40Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced, United States
41Geographisches Institut, Universität Bonn, Germany
42Institute of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel, Olshausenstr. 40, 24118 Kiel, Germany
43Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología, Spanish National Research Council (IPE-CSIC), Avda. Llano de la victoria 16, Jaca (Huesca), 22700, Spain
44Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Engine ered and Geosystems Analysis, Belgium
45Soil Physics and Land Management Group, Wageningen University, Droevendaalsesteeg 4 6708PB, Wageningen, The Netherlands
46Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan 230 8, Australia
47Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Iran
48Agricultural & Food Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur – 721302, West Bengal, India
49State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 China
50Research Soil Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, P.O. Box 459, 1701 10th Ave., S.W. Mandan, ND 58554-0459, USA
51Institute of Hydrology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
52Departamento de Suelo y Agua, Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (EEAD), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), PO Box 13034, 50080 Zaragoza, Spain
53ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Regional Research Station, Kukma – 370105, Bhuj, Gujarat, India
54CSIRO Land and Water, Glen Osmond, South Australia, Australia
55PhD student at his first year. Soil Science Graduate Prog ram (ufsm.br/ppgcs), Federal University of Santa Maria, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
56Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of the Amazonas – IFAM, Campus Center of Manaus, Manaus, Brazil
57Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2UW, UK
58ENGIE Research and Technologies, Simon Bolivardlaan 34, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
59Universite Catholique de Louvain, Earth and Life Institute - Environmental Sciences, Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium
60Dep. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 2117 TAMU, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX 77843-2117
61Instituto de Edafologı ́a, Facultad de Agronomı ́a, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela
62Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Av. Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235 - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50670-901, Brazil
63Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
64Department of Soil Science and Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, Iran
65Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
66Department of Hydrology, Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM), Av. Pauster, 404. CEP 22290-240 Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil
67Department of Water Resources and Environment, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Avenida Athos da Silveira Ramos, PO box: 68570, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
68Soil and Water Research Department, Sistan Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Zabol, Iran
69Department of Soil Science, University of Kassel, Nordbahnhofstr. 1a, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany
70Department of Earth and Env ironmental Sciences, Catholic University of Leuven, Geo-Institute, Celestijnenlaan 200E, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
71GeoEnvironmental Research Group, University of Extremadura, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Avda. de la Universidad s/n, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
72Soil Science Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
73Instituto de Geomorfología y Suelos, Department of Geography, University of Málaga, 29071, Málaga, Spain
74Department of Physical Geography, Trier University, D-54286 Trier, Germany
75Civil Engineering Program, Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Postgraduate Studies and Research in Engineering (COPPE), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Avenida Athos da Silveira Ramos, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
76Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University, 4-101 Koyama-Minami, Tottori 680-8553, Japan
77Department of Materials and Life Science, Seikei University, 3-3-1, Kichijoji-kitamachi, Musashino, Tokyo 180-8633, Japan
78Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran
79Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
80Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Science, Rural Development Division, Tsukuba, Japan
81Department of Agricultural and Bio-Resources Engineerin, Faculty of Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria
82Institute for Land and Water Management Research, Federal Agency for Water Management, Pollnbergstraße 1, 3252 Petzenkirchen, Austria
83Department of Water Resources, ITC Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
84Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ardakan Un iversity, Ardakan, Yazd Province, Iran
85University of Córdoba, Department of Rural Engineering, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
86Soil Physics, Embrapa Soils, Rua Jardim Botaˆnico, 1026, 22460-00 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
87Department of Soil Science, Agricul ture Faculty, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
88Department of Geography, Ruhr-University Bochum, D-44799 Bochum, Germany
89Engineering Faculty, Civil Engineering Department, Munzur University, Tunceli, Turkey
90Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, University Station, Box X, Austin, TX
91UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environ. Res., Monitoring and Exploration Technologies, Leipzig, Germany
92College of Resources and Environm ental Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai 264025, China
Abstract. In this paper, we present and analyze a global database of soil infiltration measurements, the Soil Water Infiltration Global (SWIG) database, for the first time. In total, 5023 infiltration curves were collected across all continents in the SWIG database. These data were either provided and quality checked by the scientists who performed the experiments or they were digitized from published articles. Data from 54 different countries were included in the database with major contributions from Iran, China, and USA. In addition to its global spatial coverage, the collected infiltration curves cover a time span of research from 1976 to late 2017. Basic information on measurement location and method, soil properties, and land use were gathered along with the infiltration data, which makes the database valuable for the development of pedo-transfer functions for estimating soil hydraulic properties, for the evaluation of infiltration measurement methods, and for developing and validating infiltration models. Soil textural information (clay, silt, and sand content) is available for 3842 out of 5023 infiltration measurements (~76 %) covering nearly all soil USDA textural classes except for the sandy clay and silt classes. Information on the land use is available for 76 % of experimental sites with agricultural land use as the dominant type (~40 %). We are convinced that the SWIG database will allow for a better parameterization of the infiltration process in land surface models and for testing infiltration models. All collected data and related soil characteristics are provided online in *.xlsx and *.csv formats for reference, and we add a disclaimer that the database is for use by public domain only and can be copied freely by referencing it. Supplementary data are available at doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.885492. Data quality assessment is strongly advised prior to any use of this database. Finally, we would like to encourage scientists to extend/update the SWIG by uploading new data to it.
Citation: Rahmati, M., Weihermüller, L., Vanderborght, J., Pachepsky, Y. A., Mao, L., Sadeghi, S. H., Moosavi, N., Kheirfam, H., Montzka, C., Van Looy, K., Toth, B., Hazbavi, Z., Al Yamani, W., Albalasmeh, A. A., Alghzawi, M. Z., Angulo-Jaramillo, R., Antonino, A. C. D., Arampatzis, G., Armindo, R. A., Asadi, H., Bamutaze, Y., Batlle-Aguilar, J., Bechet, B., Becker, F., Blöschl, G., Bohne, K., Braud, I., Castellano, C., Cerdà, A., Chalhoub, M., Cichota, R., Císlerová, M., Clothier, B., Coquet, Y., Cornelis, W., Corradini, C., Coutinho, A. P., de Oliveira, M. B., de Macedo, J. R., Durães, M. F., Emami, H., Eskandari, I., Farajnia, A., Flammini, A., Fodor, N., Gharaibeh, M., Ghavimipanah, M. H., Ghezzehei, T. A., Giertz, S., Hatzigiannakis, E. G., Horn, R., Jiménez, J. J., Jacques, D., Keesstra, S. D., Kelishadi, H., Kiani-Harchegani, M., Kouselou, M., Kumar Jha, M., Lassabatere, L., Li, X., Liebig, M. A., Lichner, L., López, M. V., Machiwal, D., Mallants, D., Mallmann, M. S., de Oliveira Marques, J. D., Marshall, M. R., Mertens, J., Meunier, F., Mohammadi, M. H., Mohanty, B. P., Moncada, M. P., Montenegro, S., Morbidelli, R., Moret-Fernández, D., Moosavi, A. A., Mosaddeghi, M. R., Mousavi, S. B., Mozaffari, H., Nabiollahi, K., Neyshabouri, M. R., Ottoni, M. V., Ottoni Filho, T. B., Pahlavan Rad, M. R., Panagopoulos, A., Peth, S., Peyneau, P.-E., Picciafuoco, T., Poesen, J., Pulido, M., Reinert, D. J., Reinsch, S., Rezaei, M., Roberts, F. P., Robinson, D., Rodrigo-Comino, J., Rotunno Filho, O. C., Saito, T., Suganuma, H., Saltalippi, C., Sándor, R., Schütt, B., Seeger, M., Sepehrnia, N., Sharifi Moghaddam, E., Shukla, M., Shutaro, S., Sorando, R., Stanley, A. A., Strauss, P., Su, Z., Taghizadeh-Mehrjardi, R., Taguas, E., Teixeira, W. G., Vaezi, A. R., Vafakhah, M., Vogel, T., Vogeler, I., Votrubova, J., Werner, S., Winarski, T., Yilmaz, D., Young, M. H., Zacharias, S., Zeng, Y., Zhao, Y., Zhao, H., and Vereecken, H.: Development and Analysis of Soil Water Infiltration Global Database, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2018-11, in review, 2018.
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This paper presents and analyzes a global database of soil infiltration data, the SWIG database, for the first time. In total, 5023 infiltration curves were collected across all continents in the SWIG database. These data were either provided and quality checked by the scientists or they were digitized from published articles. We are convinced that the SWIG database will allow for a better parameterization of the infiltration process in land surface models and for testing infiltration models.
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