Uncertainties in major input variables in water and solute models were quantified and their effects on simulated functional aspects of soil behaviour were studied using basic soil properties from an important soil map unit in the Netherlands. Two sources of uncertainty were studied: spatial variability of basic soil properties, and the use of pedotransfer functions to predict soil hydraulic functions. Depending on the type of process studied, variability of basic soil properties explained between 40 and 99.9% of the total variance. Uncertainty of pedotransfer functions is of importance mainly when physical soil behaviour (e.g. workable days and aeration status) is studied.
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