Accession Number:

AD0705379

Title:

THE ENERGY BUDGET AT THE EARTH'S SURFACE: EFFECTS OF AIR TURBULENCE UPON GAS EXCHANGE FROM SOIL

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE ITHACA NY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1969-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

138.0

Abstract:

An instrument to measure the rate of gas movement from beneath the surface of soil or other porous media was constructed. Subsequent measured rates of gas movement from beneath surface coverings of coarse and fine gravel, very coarse and medium sand, Chenango silt loam and straw were correlated against concurrent measurements of wind and air pressure fluctuations. At a depth of 2 cm gas movement in silt loam was not significantly affected by air turbulence but in coarse gravel was increased 10-fold by wind velocities of 400 cmsec. Intermediate effects were observed for media of intermediated pore sizes. Mathematical equations for calculation of soil air mass flow are derived. They are based upon the spectrum of air pressure fluctuations at the ground surface. Air pressure in the field was measured during both day and night with and without a corn crop. The spectra of air pressure were calculated and all were roughly straight lines with a slope of about -63 on a log-log plot. Spectral density decreased from 10 to the 8th power to 0.10 sq microbarcyclesec over a frequency range from 0.0001 to 100 cyclesec. Soil air mass flow was calculated from the spectra for several soils. Using previous work, an attempt was made to evaluate the increase of soil gas movement beyond diffusion from the soil air mass flow.

Subject Categories:

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE