Page Banner

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Agricultural Engineer 

Keith E. Saxton, Ph.D., P.E.  
USDA-ARS (retired) 
(509) 335-2724 
Email: ksaxton@wsu.edu

 

Here are some of the projects Dr. Saxton is involved with:

 SPAW

Soil-Plant-Atmosphere-Water (SPAW) hydrologic model

 Soil Water Triangle logo

Soil texture triangle hydraulic properties calculator.

 

Northwest Columbia Plateau Wind Erosion/Air Quality Project

Click herefor Dr. Saxton's personal home page.
 
 
 
Education
1957-1961 University of Nebraska; major, Agricultural Engineering; B.S. 1961
1963-1965 University of Wisconsin; major, Civil Engineering; M.S. 1965
1967-1972 Iowa State University; major, Agricultural Engineering; Ph.D. 1972


Experience
 
1961-1962 Agricultural Engineer, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, Nebraska, Cooperative Water Yield Procedures Study.
1962-1963 Agricultural Engineer, USDA-ARS, Madison, Wisconsin, Watershed Engineering Research Station.
1963-1967 Hydraulic Engineer, USDA-ARS, Columbia, Missouri, North Central Watershed Research Center.
1967-1969 Hydraulic Engineer, USDA-ARS, Ames, Iowa, Educational Leave and Special Assignment.
1969-1976 Hydraulic Engineer, USDA-ARS, Columbia Missouri, North Central Watershed Research Center.
1976-1992 Research Hydrologist, USDA-ARS, Pullman, Washington, Land Management and Water Conservation Research Unit.
1992-2000 Research Agricultural Engineer, USDA/ARS Project Coordinator, Columbia Plateau Wind Erosion/Air Quality Project, Pullman, WA. (Retired 12/01/00)
2000-Present USDA/ARS Volunteer, Pullman, WA., Consulting Agricultural Engineer.


Selected Publications
 
 
For selected publications, a short summary may be found on the National Agricultural Library's Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN).  To view this summary, click on the icon beside the publication.  To perform your own search, click here.

Saxton, K. E., Johnson, H. P. and Shaw, R. H.  Watershed evapotranspiration estimated by the combination method.  Trans. ASAE l7(4):668-672.  1974.

Saxton, K. E., Johnson, H. P. and Shaw, R. H.  Modeling evapotranspiration and soil moisture.  Trans. ASAE l7(4):673-677.  1974.

Saxton, K. E.  Sensitivity analyses of the combination evapotranspiration and soil moisture.  Trans. ASAE l7(4):673-677.  1974.

Burwell, R. E., Schuman, G. E., Saxton, K. E. and Heinemann, H. G.  Nitrogen in subsurface discharge from agricultural watersheds.  J. Environ. Qual 5(3):325-329.  1976.

Saxton, K. E., Schuman, G. E. and Burwell, R. E.  Modeling nitrate movement and dissipation in fertilized soils.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 4l(2):265-27l.  1977.

Sudar, R. A., Saxton, K. E. and Spomer, R. G.  A predictive model of water stress in corn and soybeans.  Trans. ASAE. 24(l):97-102. 198l.

Saxton, K. E. and Bluhm, G. C. Regional prediction of crop water stress by soil water budgets and climatic demand.  Trans. ASAE. 25(l):105-ll5. 1982.

Rawls, W. I., Brakensiek, D. L. and Saxton, K. E. Soil water characteristics.  Trans. ASAE 25(5):13l6-1328.  1982.

Saxton, K. E. and McGuinness, J. L. Chapter 6--Evapotranspiration.  In C. T. Haan, H. P. Johnson, and D. L. Brakensiek (eds) Hydrologic Modeling of Small Watersheds, Am. Soc. Agric. Eng. Monograph No. 5, pp. 229-273, 1982.

Bristow, K. L., Campbell, G. S. and Saxton, K. E.  An equation for separating daily solar irradiation into direct and diffuse components.  Agric. and Forest Meteor. 35:123-131.  1985. (Refereed Journal).

Saxton, K. E., Rawls, W. J., Romberger, J. S. and Papendick, R. I.  Estimating generalized soil water characteristics from texture.  Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 50(4):1031-1036.  1986.

Saxton, K. E., Porter, M. A. and McMahon, T. A.  Soil water budgets for winter wheat by daily simulations.  Proc. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engr. Annual Summer Meeting, Paper No. 86-2002, 19pp.  June 1986.

Omer, M. A., Saxton, K. E. and Bassett, D. L.  Optimum sorghum planting dates in Western Sudan by simulated water budgets.  Agric. Water Mgt. 13:33-48, 1988.

Field, J. G., James, L. G., Bassett, D. L. and Saxton, K. E.  An analysis of irrigation scheduling methods for corn.  Trans. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engr. 31(2):508-512, 1988

Saxton, K. E. and Cordery, I.  Evapotranspiration research priorities for hydrology in the next decade.  Trans. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engr. 31(2):485-489, 1988.

Flerchinger, G. N. and Saxton, K. E.  Simultaneous heat and water model of a freezing snow-residue-soil system: I. Theory and development.  Trans. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engr. 32(2):565-571.  1989.

Flerchinger, G. N. and Saxton, K. E.  Simultaneous heat and water model of a freezing snow-residue-soil system: II. Field verification.  Trans. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engr. 32(2):573-578, 1989.

Saxton, K. E. and Shiau, S. Y.  Surface waters of North America; Influence of land and vegetation on streamflow. Chapter 3 in: The Geology of North America Vol. O-1, Surface Water Hydrology, The Geological Society of America, pp. 55-80. 1990.

Stockle, C. O., James, L. G., Bassett, D. L. and Saxton, K. E.  Effect of evapotranspiration underprediction on irrigation scheduling and yield of corn: a simulation study.  Agric. Water Mgt. 19(1991):167-179, 1991.

Saxton, K. E., Porter, M. A. and McMahon, T. A.  Climatic impacts on dryland winter wheat yields by daily soil water and crop stress simulations.  Agric. and Forest Meteor. 58(1992):177-192. 1992.

Maticic, B., Feges, B. and Saxton, K. E.  Comparing measured and simulated daily water balance of a grass covered lysimeter.  ICID Bulletin 1992, 41(2), pp. 163-172.  1992.

Rao, A. S. and Saxton, K. E.  Analysis of soil water and water stress for pearl millet in an Indian arid region using the SPAW model.  Indian J. of Arid Environments (1995) 29:155-167.

Saxton, K.E. and P.H. Willey.  Agricultural Wetland and Pond Hydrologic Analyses Using the SPAW Model. In: Self-Sustaining Solutions for Streams, Wetlands, and Watersheds (12-15 September 2004, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA), ed. J. L. D'Ambrosio. St. Joseph, Michigan: ASAE. ,Pub. Date 12 September 2004 . ASAE Pub #701P0504, pp. 16-23.  2004.

Saxton, K. E. and W. J. Rawls.  Soil Water Characteristics by Texture and Organic Matter for Hydrologic Solutions, Soil Sci. Soc. Amer., Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, Oct. 30-Nov. 4,. 2004.

Saxton, K. E. and P. H. Willey.  The SPAW Model for Agricultural Field and Pond Hydrologic Simulation. Book Chapter in Mathematical Modeling of Watershed Hydrology, V. P. Singh and D. Frevert, Editors; CRC Press LLC.  2005.

Saxton, K. E. and W. J. Rawls. The SPAW Model for Agricultural Watershed and Pond Hydrologyic Simulation. Proc. ASCE 2005 Conference, Washington DC.  2005.

Saxton, K. E., Johnson, H. P. and Shaw, R. H.  Watershed evapotranspiration estimated by the combination method. Trans. ASAE l7(4):668-672. l974.

Brakensiek, D.L., H.B. Osborn, and W.J.Rawls.  (Editors and Coordinators).  Field manual for research in agricultural hydrology.  USDA Agricultural Handbook 224, Revised, 547 pp. February 1979.

Rawls, W.J., D.L. Brakensiek and K.E. Saxton.  Estimation of soil water properties.  Trans. Amer. Soc. of Agric. Engin. 25(5)1316-1320, 1328.  1982

Rawls, W.J., D.L. Brakensiek.  Estimating soil water retention from soil properties.  Amer. Soc. of Civil Engin., J. of Irrig. and Drain. 108(IR2): 166-171, 1982.

Rawls, W.J., D.L. Brakensiek, and B. Soni.  Agricultural management of soil water properties: Part I - Soil water retention and Green-ampt infiltration parameters.  Trans., Amer. Soc. of Agric. Engin. 26(6):1752-1753.  1983.

Rawls, W.J., D.L. Brakensiek, and M.R. Savabi.  Infiltration parameter for rangeland soils.  J. Rangeland Management. 42(2):139-142.  1989.

Rawls, W.J. and D.L. Brakensiek.  Estimation of soil retention and hydraulic properties.  Book chapter in Unsaturated Flow in Hydrologic Modeling, edited by Morel-Seytoux.  p275-300.  1989.

Rawls, W.J., J.J. Stone and D.L. Brakensiek.  Chapter 4 - Infiltration.  USDA Water erosion prediction project model documentation.  NSREL Report #2, National Soil Erosion Laboratory, W. Lafayette, IN. p.4.1-4.12.  1989.

Rawls, W. J., L. R. Ahuja, D. L. Brakensiek and A. Shirmohaammadi.Chapter on Soil Water Movement and Infiltration Handbook on AppliedHydrology.  McGraw Hill, 1991.

Rawls, W. J., T. J. Gish and D. L. Brakensiek.  Estimation of soil waterretention from soil properties - A review.  Advances in Soil Sciences(Accepted).

Rawls, W.J., J.R. Ahuja and D.L. Brakensiek.  Estimating soil hydraulic properties from soils data.  Workshop on Indirect Methods for Estimating the Hydraulic Properties of Unsaturated Soils, Riverside, CA, Proceedings p. 329-341.  1992.

Brakensiek, D.L., W.J. Rawls, S.D. Logsdon, and W.M. Edwards.  Fractal description of macroporosity.  Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 56:1721-1723.  1992.

Rawls, W.J., D.L. Brakensiek, and S.D. Logsdon.  Predicting saturated hydraulic conductivity utilizing fractal principles.  Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 57:1193-1197.  1993.

Rawls, W.J. and D.L. Brakensiek.  Utilizing fractal principles for predicting soil hydraulic properties.  J. Soil & Water Conservation 50(5):463-466.  1995.

Rawls, W.J. (ed. & coordinator).  Chapter on Infiltration.  Hydrology Handbook.  ASCE Manuals and Reports on engineering Pratice No. 28.  1996.

Rawls, W.J., D.L. Brakensiek, and S.D. Logsdon.  Estimation of Macropore Properties for No Till Soils.  Transactions ASAE. 39(1):91-95, 1998.

Gimenez, D., Rawls, W.J. and Lauren, J. 1999. Scaling saturated hydraulic conductivity. Geoderma 88:205-220.

TektranPachepsky, Y.A., Rawls, W.J., Gimenez, D. and Watt, J.P.C. 1999. Use of soil penetration resistence and group method of data handling to improve soil water retention estimates. Soil and Tillage Res. 49:117-128.

Pachepsky, Y.A., Rawls, W.J. and Timlin, D.J. 1999. The current status of pedo-transfer ... scale modeling. American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph 108:223-234.

Crawford, J.W., Rawls, W.J. and Pachepsky, Y.A. 1999. Integrating processes in soils using fractal models. Geoderma 88:103-109.

Hydrology & Remote Sensing Lab


Last Modified: 11/2/2009
Footer Content Back to Top of Page