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Soil Freezing and Thawing as Related to Some Vegetation, Climatic, and Soil Variables

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This paper presents the results of a study of soil freezing under brush cover, a light grass cover, and in bare soil. The brush cover, and to a lesser extent the light grass cover, decreased freezing, depth, delayed the first occurrence of freezing, and advanced the date of the last freeze of the year, as compared with bare soil. Freezing kept the surface soil wet by drawing moisture from deeper depths of the soil, resulting in high evaporation rates during rainless periods and rapid soil erosion during rainstorms. Freezing and thawing are shown to be quantitatively related to several variables of microclimate and soil.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant in Forestry, University of California, Berkeley, California

Publication date: February 1, 1947

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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