The Thermal Conductivity: An Alternative Method for the Measurement of Soil Compaction

Orlando Zuñiga, A. Reyes, Jürgen Pohlan


Four treatments of tillage were compared by measuring soil thermal conductivity. Bulk density and difference between treatments pointed to the discriminatory capacity of the method. The soil thermal conductivity measure or Electrothermal Method (EM) has demonstrated to be a new and reliable indicator for the compaction state of soil.


thermal conductivity; tillage; soil compaction; soybean; cocoa

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