TDE Soil Water Data for :

TDR Measurements of Soil Water Content and Calculated Soil Water Potentials

1.1 Document Title: TDE Soil Water Data By TDR for treatement and slope positions
1.2 Revision Date:  23 August 2005
1.3 Document Summary:   Periodic measurements of soil water content by TDR 1993-2005.
1.4 Sponsor: Office of Biological and Environmental Research, U. S. DOE

2.1 Investigator and data set contact:

P.J. Hanson (
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Building 1059, P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6422
2.2 Title Of Investigation:
Walker Branch Throughfall Displacement Experiment (TDE)

Mean daily soil water content data for the TDE treatment plots including data for the 0-35 cm depth and estimates of soil water potential for the 0-35 depth increment.

The data are provided for the following nine positions across the TDE site:


Soil water content (%, v/v) was measured with a time domain reflectometer (TDR; Soil Moisture Equipment Corp., Santa Barbara, California) following the procedure of Topp and Davis (1985) as documented for soils with high coarse fraction content (Drungil et al. 1987).  Three hundred ten sampling locations were installed at an 8 x 8 meter spacing across the site giving more than 100 soil water monitoring locations per plot.  At each location two pairs of TDR waveguides were installed in a vertical orientation (0-0.35 and 0-0.7 m).  The surface (0-0.35 m) TDR measurements coincide with the zone of maxium root density in these soils.  TDR measurements were obtained biweekly during the growing season and approximately monthly during the dormant season.  The TDR soil water content measurements were adjusted for the coarse fraction of these soils (mean coarse fraction of 14%) and converted to soil water potentials using laboratory derived soil moisture retention curves for the A, A/E and E/B horizons (Hanson et al. 1998).


Data are provided in comma delimeted text files where the first line includes the variable names and subsequent lines include the following data by month.

6.1 Variable, Definition, and Units

6.2 Number of Records: 174 dates
6.3 Missing data: Missing data are present and represented by blanks between commas.
6.4 Related Data Sets: Treatment mean soil water content and potential data.

These daily data and the original hourly data from which they were derived have been checked for errors and missing data.

8.1 Limitations of the data:     Not all TDE locations (i.e., nine plot posiitons) have data on all dates.
8.2 Known Problems With The Data:     None.
8.3 Usage Guidance:     None.


Hanson, P.J., D.E. Todd, N.T. Edwards, and M.A. Huston.  1995.  Field performance of the Walker Branch Throughfall Displacement Experiment,   In:  A. Jenkins, R.C. Ferrier, and C. Kirby, eds., Ecosystem Manipulation Experiments: scientific approaches, experimental design and relevant results, Ecosystem Research Report #20, Commission of the European Communities, pp. 307-313.

Hanson, P.J., D.E. Todd, M.A. Huston, J.D. Joslin, Jennifer Croker, and R. M. Augé. 1998.  Description and field performance of the Walker Branch Throughfall Displacement Experiment: 1993-1996, ORNL/TM-13586, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Hanson P.J. 2000.  Large-scale Water Manipulations -- chapter 23 In: O.E. Sala, R.B. Jackson, H.A. Mooney, and R.W. Howarth, eds.  Methods in Ecosystem Science, Springer-Verlag, New York.  pp. 341-352.

<>Hanson, P.J. , D.E.Todd and J.S. Amthor.   2001.  A six year study of sapling and large-tree growth and mortality responses to natural and induced variability in precipitation and throughfall.   Tree Physiology 21:345-358

Hanson PJ, Todd DE, Huston MA (2003) Walker Branch Throughfall Displacement Experiment (TDE) In: Hanson PJ, Wullschleger SD, Eds, North American Temperate Deciduous Forest Responses to Changing Precipitation Regimes. Springer, New York, pp. 8-31.

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TDR soil water content and potential data for 'nine plot' locations throughout 1993-2005