available soil moisture

syn. soil moisture storage; water holding capacity

Water in the soil available to plants. It is normally taken as the water in the soil between wilting point and field capacity. In this context water-holding capacity of a soil is used and is identical to the available water.

 

Source:

UNESCO/WMO International Glossary of Hydrology (2nd revised ed., 1992)

Posted on January 24, 2014 .