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Volume 10, issue 3
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1237-1263, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-1237-2018
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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1237-1263, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-1237-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Review article 10 Jul 2018

Review article | 10 Jul 2018

Development and analysis of the Soil Water Infiltration Global database

Mehdi Rahmati1,2, Lutz Weihermüller2,3, Jan Vanderborght2,3, Yakov A. Pachepsky4, Lili Mao5, Seyed Hamidreza Sadeghi6, Niloofar Moosavi2, Hossein Kheirfam7, Carsten Montzka2,3, Kris Van Looy2,3, Brigitta Toth8,94, Zeinab Hazbavi6, Wafa Al Yamani9, Ammar A. Albalasmeh10, Ma'in Z. Alghzawi10, Rafael Angulo-Jaramillo11, Antônio Celso Dantas Antonino12, George Arampatzis13, Robson André Armindo14, Hossein Asadi15, Yazidhi Bamutaze16, Jordi Batlle-Aguilar17,18,19, Béatrice Béchet20, Fabian Becker21, Günter Blöschl22,23, Klaus Bohne24, Isabelle Braud25, Clara Castellano26, Artemi Cerdà27, Maha Chalhoub17, Rogerio Cichota28, Milena Císlerová29, Brent Clothier30, Yves Coquet17,31, Wim Cornelis32, Corrado Corradini33, Artur Paiva Coutinho12, Muriel Bastista de Oliveira34, José Ronaldo de Macedo35, Matheus Fonseca Durães14, Hojat Emami36, Iraj Eskandari37, Asghar Farajnia38, Alessia Flammini33, Nándor Fodor39, Mamoun Gharaibeh10, Mohamad Hossein Ghavimipanah6, Teamrat A. Ghezzehei40, Simone Giertz41, Evangelos G. Hatzigiannakis13, Rainer Horn42, Juan José Jiménez43, Diederik Jacques44, Saskia Deborah Keesstra45,46, Hamid Kelishadi47, Mahboobeh Kiani-Harchegani6, Mehdi Kouselou1, Madan Kumar Jha48, Laurent Lassabatere11, Xiaoyan Li49, Mark A. Liebig50, Lubomír Lichner51, María Victoria López52, Deepesh Machiwal53, Dirk Mallants54, Micael Stolben Mallmann55, Jean Dalmo de Oliveira Marques56, Miles R. Marshall57, Jan Mertens58, Félicien Meunier59, Mohammad Hossein Mohammadi15, Binayak P. Mohanty60, Mansonia Pulido-Moncada61, Suzana Montenegro62, Renato Morbidelli33, David Moret-Fernández52, Ali Akbar Moosavi63, Mohammad Reza Mosaddeghi47, Seyed Bahman Mousavi1, Hasan Mozaffari63, Kamal Nabiollahi64, Mohammad Reza Neyshabouri65, Marta Vasconcelos Ottoni66, Theophilo Benedicto Ottoni Filho67, Mohammad Reza Pahlavan-Rad68, Andreas Panagopoulos13, Stephan Peth69, Pierre-Emmanuel Peyneau20, Tommaso Picciafuoco22,33, Jean Poesen70, Manuel Pulido71, Dalvan José Reinert72, Sabine Reinsch57, Meisam Rezaei32,93, Francis Parry Roberts57, David Robinson57, Jesús Rodrigo-Comino73,74, Otto Corrêa Rotunno Filho75, Tadaomi Saito76, Hideki Suganuma77, Carla Saltalippi33, Renáta Sándor39, Brigitta Schütt21, Manuel Seeger74, Nasrollah Sepehrnia78, Ehsan Sharifi Moghaddam6, Manoj Shukla79, Shiraki Shutaro80, Ricardo Sorando25, Ajayi Asishana Stanley81, Peter Strauss82, Zhongbo Su83, Ruhollah Taghizadeh-Mehrjardi84, Encarnación Taguas85, Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira86, Ali Reza Vaezi87, Mehdi Vafakhah6, Tomas Vogel29, Iris Vogeler28, Jana Votrubova29, Steffen Werner88, Thierry Winarski11, Deniz Yilmaz89, Michael H. Young90, Steffen Zacharias91, Yijian Zeng83, Ying Zhao92, Hong Zhao83, and Harry Vereecken2,3 Mehdi Rahmati et al.
  • 1Department of Soil Science and Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maragheh, Maragheh, Iran
  • 2Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences: Agrosphere (IBG-3), Jülich, Germany
  • 3ISMC International Soil Modeling Consortium, Institute of Bio and Geosciences Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
  • 4USDA-ARS Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
  • 5Key Laboratory of Dryland Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, PR China
  • 6Department of Watershed Management Engineering, Faculty of Natural Resources, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
  • 7Department of Environmental Sciences, Urmia Lake Research Institute, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran
  • 8Institute for Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
  • 9Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 10Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan
  • 11Univ Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRS, ENTPE, UMR5023 LEHNA, 69518, Vaulx-en-Velin, France
  • 12Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro Acadêmico do Agreste, Núcleo de Tecnologia, Caruaru, Brazil
  • 13Hellenic Agricultural Organization, Soil and Water Resources Institute, 57400 Sindos, Greece
  • 14Department of Physics (DFI), Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), P.O. Box 3037, CEP 37200-000, Lavras, Brazil
  • 15Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran
  • 16Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
  • 17UMR 1402 INRA AgroParisTech Functional Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Agroecosystems, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, AgroParisTech B.P. 01, 78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France
  • 18UMR 8148 IDES CNRS/Université Paris-Sud, XI Bât. 504, Faculté des Sciences 91405, Orsay CEDEX, France
  • 19Innovative Groundwater Solutions (IGS), Victor Harbor, 5211, South Australia, Australia
  • 20IFSTTAR, GERS, EE, 44344 Bouguenais, France
  • 21Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Earth Sciences, Institute of Geographical Sciences, Malteserstr. 74-100, Lankwitz, 12249, Berlin, Germany
  • 22Centre for Water Resource Systems, TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria
  • 23Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13/222, 1040 Vienna, Austria
  • 24Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock, Germany
  • 25Irstea, UE RiverLy, Lyon-Villeurbanne Center, 69625 Villeurbanne, France
  • 26Pyrenean Institute of Ecology-CSIC, AV. Montañana 1005, Av. Victoria s/n. 50059 Zaragoza, 22700 Jaca, Huesca, Spain
  • 27Soil Erosion and Degradation Research Group, Department of Geography, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • 28Plant and Food Research, Mount Albert Research Station, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 29Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Thákurova 7, 166 29 Prague 6, Czech Republic
  • 30Plant and Food Research, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 31ISTO UMR 7327 Université d'Orléans, CNRS, BRGM, 45071 Orléans, France
  • 32Department of Soil Management, UNESCO Chair on Eremology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • 33Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  • 34UniRedentor University Center. BR 356, 25, Presidente Costa e Silva, Itaperuna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 35Embrapa Solos, Rua Jardim Botânico, 1.024, CEP 22040-060, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • 36Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
  • 37Dryland Agricultural Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization Maragheh, East Azerbaijan, Iran
  • 38Scientific Member of Soil and Water Research Department, East Azerbaijan Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education center, Iran
  • 39Agricultural Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Brunszvik str. 2., 2462 Martonvásár, Hungary
  • 40Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced, USA
  • 41Geographisches Institut, Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 42Institute of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Olshausenstr. 40, 24118 Kiel, Germany
  • 43ARAID Researcher, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología, Spanish National Research Council (IPE-CSIC), Avda. Llano de la victoria 16, Jaca (Huesca), 22700, Spain
  • 44Enginereed and Geosystems Analysis Unit, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Mol, Belgium
  • 45Soil, Water and Land Use Team, Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen UR, 6708PB Wageningen, the Netherlands
  • 46Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering, the University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308, Australia
  • 47Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Iran
  • 48Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur – 721302, West Bengal, India
  • 49State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • 50Research Soil Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Mandan, ND, USA
  • 51Institute of Hydrology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 52Departamento de Suelo y Agua, Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (EEAD), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), P.O. Box 13034, 50080 Zaragoza, Spain
  • 53ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Regional Research Station, Kukma – 370105, Bhuj, Gujarat, India
  • 54CSIRO Land and Water, Glen Osmond, South Australia, Australia
  • 55Soil Science Graduate Program (ufsm.br/ppgcs), Federal University of Santa Maria, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • 56Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of the Amazonas – IFAM, Campus Center of Manaus, Manaus, Brazil
  • 57Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2UW, UK
  • 58ENGIE Research and Technologies, Simon Bolivardlaan 34, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • 59Université catholique de Louvain, Earth and Life Institute-Environmental Sciences, Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium
  • 60Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 2117 TAMU, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX 77843-2117, USA
  • 61Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology, Research Centre Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, P.O. Box 50, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
  • 62Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Av. Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235-Cidade Universitária, Recife-PE-CEP: 50670-901, Brazil
  • 63Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
  • 64Department of Soil Science and Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, Iran
  • 65Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
  • 66Department of Hydrology, Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM), Av. Pauster, 404. CEP 22290-240, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 67Department of Water Resources and Environment, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Avenida Athos da Silveira Ramos, P.O. Box 68570, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • 68Soil and Water Research Department, Sistan Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Zabol, Iran
  • 69Department of Soil Science, University of Kassel, Nordbahnhofstr. 1a, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany
  • 70Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Catholic University of Leuven, Geo-Institute, Celestijnenlaan 200E, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
  • 71GeoEnvironmental Research Group, University of Extremadura, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Avda. de la Universidad s/n, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
  • 72Soil Science Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • 73Instituto de Geomorfología y Suelos, Department of Geography, University of Málaga, 29071, Málaga, Spain
  • 74Department of Physical Geography, Trier University, 54286 Trier, Germany
  • 75Civil Engineering Program, Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Postgraduate Studies and Research in Engineering (COPPE), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Avenida Athos da Silveira Ramos, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • 76Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University, 4-101 Koyama-Minami, Tottori 680-8553, Japan
  • 77Department of Materials and Life Science, Seikei University, 3-3-1, Kichijoji-kitamachi, Musashino, Tokyo 180-8633, Japan
  • 78Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran
  • 79Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
  • 80Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Science, Rural Development Division, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 81Department of Agricultural and Bio-Resources Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria
  • 82Institute for Land and Water Management Research, Federal Agency for Water Management, Pollnbergstraße 1, 3252 Petzenkirchen, Austria
  • 83Department of Water Resources, ITC Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
  • 84Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ardakan University, Ardakan, Yazd Province, Iran
  • 85University of Córdoba, Department of Rural Engineering, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
  • 86Soil Physics, Embrapa Soils, Rua Jardim Botânico, 1026, 22460-00 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • 87Department of Soil Science, Agriculture Faculty, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
  • 88Department of Geography, Ruhr University Bochum, 44799 Bochum, Germany
  • 89Engineering Faculty, Civil Engineering Department, Munzur University, Tunceli, Turkey
  • 90Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, University Station, Box X, Austin, TX, USA
  • 91UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environment Research, Monitoring and Exploration Technologies, Leipzig, Germany
  • 92College of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai 264025, China
  • 93Soil and Water Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Iran
  • 94University of Pannonia, Georgikon Faculty, Department of Crop Production and Soil Science, Keszthely, Hungary

Abstract. In this paper, we present and analyze a novel global database of soil infiltration measurements, the Soil Water Infiltration Global (SWIG) database. In total, 5023 infiltration curves were collected across all continents in the SWIG database. These data were either provided and quality checked by the scientists who performed the experiments or they were digitized from published articles. Data from 54 different countries were included in the database with major contributions from Iran, China, and the USA. In addition to its extensive geographical coverage, the collected infiltration curves cover research from 1976 to late 2017. Basic information on measurement location and method, soil properties, and land use was gathered along with the infiltration data, making the database valuable for the development of pedotransfer functions (PTFs) for estimating soil hydraulic properties, for the evaluation of infiltration measurement methods, and for developing and validating infiltration models. Soil textural information (clay, silt, and sand content) is available for 3842 out of 5023 infiltration measurements ( ∼ 76%) covering nearly all soil USDA textural classes except for the sandy clay and silt classes. Information on land use is available for 76% of the experimental sites with agricultural land use as the dominant type ( ∼ 40%). We are convinced that the SWIG database will allow for a better parameterization of the infiltration process in land surface models and for testing infiltration models. All collected data and related soil characteristics are provided online in *.xlsx and *.csv formats for reference, and we add a disclaimer that the database is for public domain use only and can be copied freely by referencing it. Supplementary data are available at https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.885492 (Rahmati et al., 2018). Data quality assessment is strongly advised prior to any use of this database. Finally, we would like to encourage scientists to extend and update the SWIG database by uploading new data to it.

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This paper presents and analyzes a global database of soil infiltration data, the SWIG database, for the first time. In total, 5023 infiltration curves were collected across all continents in the SWIG database. These data were either provided and quality checked by the scientists or they were digitized from published articles. We are convinced that the SWIG database will allow for a better parameterization of the infiltration process in land surface models and for testing infiltration models.
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