Effect of soil organic matter on sorption of water vapor and associated hysteresis

Xue Song, Chong Chen, Emmanuel Arthur, Markus Tuller, Hu Zhou, Jianying Shang, Kelin Hu

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Abstract

In-depth knowledge about the impact of organic matter (OM) on soil water vapor sorption (SWVS) and associated hysteresis related to various water activity (aw) levels is limited. The objective of this study was to elucidate the effect of OM on SWVS and sorption hysteresis for different aw levels. We measured water sorption isotherms and physicochemical properties of eight soils with varying clay (6%–47%) and OM (2.0%–7.8%) contents before and after OM removal. In general, OM increased SWVS, but the effect of OM on SWVS varied for different aw ranges. The presence of OM generally increased water vapor sorption during the adsorption process. For soils with OM content above 4.6%, the presence of OM decreased water vapor sorption during the condensation process. The local hysteresis (Hw) of soils with OM was higher than that of soils without OM for soils with OM contents above 3.4%. For aw < ∼0.75, the water vapor sorption hysteresis of soils with and without OM showed a significant correlation with cation exchange capacity (CEC), and the Hw values of soils with OM were lower than that of soils without OM for the same CEC. The OM can affect water vapor sorption and the associated hysteresis at low aw levels through adsorbed cations and organic functional groups, and at high aw levels through the structures of pores and OM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1249-1262
Number of pages14
JournalSoil Science Society of America Journal
Volume87
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science

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