Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 20, 41–45, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-20-41-2013
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 20, 41–45, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-20-41-2013

Research article 15 Jan 2013

Research article | 15 Jan 2013

Quantifying soil complexity using network models of soil porous structure

M. Samec1, A. Santiago2, J. P. Cárdenas2, R. M. Benito2, A. M. Tarquis3, S. J. Mooney4, and D. Korošak1,5 M. Samec et al.
  • 1Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Maribor, Smetanova ulica 17, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
  • 2Grupo de Sistemas Complejos, Departamento de Física, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
  • 3CEIGRAM ETSIA, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
  • 4Environmental Sciences Section, School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5RD, UK
  • 5Institute of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia

Abstract. This paper describes an investigation into the properties of spatially embedded complex networks representing the porous architecture of soil systems. We suggest an approach to quantify the complexity of soil pore structure based on the node-node link correlation properties of the networks. We show that the complexity depends on the strength of spatial embedding of the network and that this is related to the transition from a non-compact to compact phase of the network.

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