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The neutron method for measuring soil moisture content - a review

Visvalingam, M.; Tandy, J. D.


M. Visvalingam

J. D. Tandy


THE various methods of measuring the soil moisture content and its variations in space and time have been reviewed by many authors (Taylor, 1955; Marshall, 1959; Todd, 1960; Ballard and Gardner, 1965; Cope and Trickett, 1965). The moisture content is either measured directly, as in the gravimetric method, or it is estimated by determining its relationship to some other property of the soil as in the electric resistance, tensiometer and neutron scattering methods. The neutron scattering method estimates the moisture content of the soil by measurement of its hydrogen content. This paper summarizes the theoretical and practical aspects of the method and provides a bibliography which includes references to papers published more recently than those provided by Sweeny (1962), Ballard and Gardner (1965), and the Commonwealth Bureau of Soils (1968).


Visvalingam, M., & Tandy, J. D. (1972). The neutron method for measuring soil moisture content - a review. The Journal of soil science, 23(4), 499-511.

Online Publication Date Jul 28, 2006
Publication Date 1972-12
Deposit Date Oct 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Journal of soil science
Print ISSN 0022-4588
Electronic ISSN 1365-2389
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 4
Pages 499-511
Keywords Neutron method
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