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Macropore Flow Models

  1. Nicholas Jarvis

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr019

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

How to Cite

Jarvis, N. 2003. Macropore Flow Models. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

Author Information

  1. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Soil Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


In recent years, great progress has been made in improving our understanding of the impacts of macropore flow on the leaching of agrochemicals through the soil unsaturated zone, and this knowledge has been incorporated into a number of models describing these processes. Application of these models for regulation of agrochemicals would appear desirable, but at present, this is contentious and limited by a lack of information concerning the accuracy of model predictions and, therefore, the confidence that can be placed in the simulation results. This article attempts to summarize the current state-of-the-art with respect to parameterization, calibration, and validation of macropore flow models and the application of these kinds of models for regulatory purposes.


  • macropore flow models;
  • agrochemicals;
  • parameterization;
  • calibration;
  • validation;
  • inverse modeling;
  • pedotransfer functions;
  • model predictions