Dr Warren Bond, Principal Research Scientist.
Dr Warren Bond: improving the measurement and delivery of soil water information
Dr Warren Bond's primary research areas include soil physics, soil water hydrology and soil physical chemistry.
1 September 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011
Dr Warren Bond is currently leading a small team that is developing an improved method for measuring soil water content, including buried wireless data acquisition and web-based delivery of information about soil water status in dryland agriculture.
Dr Bond has been with CSIRO for 34 years and has carried out research in the following areas:
Dr Bond has been awarded a:
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the Flinders University, South Australia, 1974
- Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, 1979
Dr Bond is the author or co-author of more than 120 papers, reports and articles.
His research achievements include:
- demonstrating the role of air entrapment in reducing the infiltration rate into freely vented soils
- describing and predicting the role of anion exclusion in transport of anions through soils, accentuated in unsaturated soils; cation transport in unsaturated soils for binary and ternary exchange systems, simultaneous with anion exclusion; and the effect of continuously varying velocity during constant head infiltration on the hydrodynamic dispersion coefficient
- renewing interest in the empirical Rothmund-Kornfeld description of cation exchange by deriving its relationship to physically-based exchange descriptions, and demonstrating its usefulness for predicting cation transport
- simplifying the prediction of ternary cation exchange for the purpose of predicting cation transport, based on the Rothmund-Kornfeld model
- demonstrating the effect of flow regime (transient versus steady) on the nature of 'immobile' water during solute transport
- applying soil physical principles to estimate transient recharge and nitrate leaching under effluent-irrigated woodlots
- applying soil physical principles to estimate transient recharge under low-rainfall dryland agriculture
- demonstrating the significant effect of soil temperature on soil water measurement at depths up to 2 m by techniques that rely on measuring the bulk soil permittivity
- leading a small team to develop an improved capacitance probe for soil water measurement and buried wireless data acquisition systems.
Dr Bond has won several awards including:
- BHP Landcare Research Award for NSW, for the Wagga Wagga Effluent Plantation Project, 1995
- CSIRO Chairman's Medal, for the Wagga Wagga Effluent Plantation Project, 1999
Dr Bond is a member of the:
- American Geophysical Union
- Australian Society Of Soil Science
- Australian Water Association
- International Society of Soil Science
- Soil Science Society of America.
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