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Volume 22, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1193–1219, 2018
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Research article 12 Feb 2018

Research article | 12 Feb 2018

Parametric soil water retention models: a critical evaluation of expressions for the full moisture range

Raneem Madi et al.

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Water flows through soils with more difficulty when the soil is dried out. Scant rainfall in...