Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) is one method for mapping and monitoring of the vadose zone. However the relation between the sensed physical properties (e.g., resistivity) and the soil parameter of interest is ambiguous and often not or only poorly understood. This study was carried out to quantify soil properties and the distribution of roots in a soil profile under field conditions at different time steps during the vegetation period. In our abstract we will focus on the investigation of pedogeophysical relationships between soil physical and plant physiological properties and electrical resistivity. The relationship with soil water content varies with the time (root growth). At both time steps we find a nearly constant medium correlation of electrical resistivity and root parameters.


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