Runoff in shallow soils under laboratory conditions

Journal Article (Academic article)

Laboratory experiments of runoff production in shallow soils were conducted on plots consisting of a bedrock layer, an intermediate soil layer, and a crushed stone cover layer. Artificial rainfall was supplied in varying amounts and time sequences. The purpose of the experiments was to investigate infiltration mechanisms in shallow soils and to characterize the effect of stone cover on the partitioning of rainfall at the soil surface. Two soil types were used: a sandy loam, and a silty clay loam. In the case of the sandy loam, the results showed that the majority of rainfall infiltrated readily into the soil, where it subsequently moved downward to the bedrock as throughflow. For the silty clay loam, the majority of rainfall exited the plot as surface runoff from the upper surface layer, while the relative magnitude of interflow and throughflow components of storm response increased with rainfall duration. It is found that runoff production in both cases is controlled by the infiltration capacity of the soil layer alone.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barros, AP; Knapton, D; Wang, MC; Kuo, CY

Published Date

  • 1999

Published In

  • Journal of Hydrologic Engineering

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 28 - 37

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0699(1999)4:1(28