Research Group Soil Physics (SoPHy)

Welcome at the website of the research group Soil Physics SoPHy. We are one of the many research groups of the Department of Environment of Ghent University.

Our mission is to advance through research and teaching the understanding, simulation and prediction of physical and hydraulic soil characteristics and transport processes in the unsaturated (vadose) zone of the soil, and to apply this knowledge to improve soil-water management and water conservation techniques for sustainable development. The research group focuses on international water-related problems and gives the soil as a medium for biomass production and for storing, filtering and transforming nutrients, chemicals and water, and soil quality in particular, a central role.

Major research topics

  • Methods and strategies to characterise soils physically and hydraulically at various temporal and spatial scales
  • 3D coupled surface-subsurface modelling of water and solute transport in soils
  • Optimizing soil management for in situ water harvesting (in situ water and soil conservation, conservation agriculture, soil amendments, ...)
  • Monitoring of physical quality of soils
  • Wind erosion and dust emission into ambient air

More info?

Wim Cornelis
Department of Environment
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9000 Ghent
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