Wavelet analysis in a structured clay soil using 2-D images Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract. The spatial variability of preferential pathways for water and chemical transport in a field soil, as visualized through dye infiltration experiments, was studied by applying multifractal and wavelet transform analysis (WTA). After dye infiltration into a 4 m plot located on a Vertisol soil near College Station, Texas, horizontal planes in the subsoil were exposed at 5 cm intervals, and dye stain patterns were photographed. Box-counting methods and WTA were applied to all of the 16 digitalized high-resolution dye images and to the dye-mass image obtained merging all sections. The well-known Devil's staircase multifractal was also used to illustrate wavelet-based analysis. Our results suggest that wavelet methods can complement box-counting analysis in the context of multiscaling structure analysis.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Pinuela, J. A., Andina, D., McInnes, K. J., & Tarquis, A. M.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Pinuela, JA||Andina, D||McInnes, KJ||Tarquis, AM

publication date

  • January 2007