Hydrologic Interpretations of Land and Soils

What is HILS?

Hydrologic Interpretations of Land and Soils (HILS) is the set of information about water movement throuh soils. Soil scientists obtain this information by observing and instrumenting soils.


The HILS Technical Committee (HILS.tc) guides the consolidation and formalization of knowledge employed by soil scientists engaging in these types of interpretations. This knowledge exists in text books, government publications, journal articles, and to a large degree, in the collective experiences of soil scientists that have practiced for decades. To date, this information has not been formalized into a single publication. Our concept is a document similar to the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States, but with a broader focus on interpreting soil morphology across the landscape.

The committee will be populated by representatives of government agencies, private consultants, university researchers, and FAESS. Members in alphabetical order:

Ellis, Rex PhD CPSS (chair)SJRWMD & UF
Harris, Willie PhDUF
Reedy, Oren CPSSOren Reedy and Associates, Inc.
Richardson, Travis CPSSSJRWMD
Schuster, Joe CPSSEcological Resource Consultants, Inc.
Weber, TomNRCS

Inaugural HILS Workshop

Rex Ellis and Willie Harris will host a HILS workshop June 2, 2016. This will be a one-day workshop providing eight CEUs to environmental professionals.


Please don't hesitate to contact me by email (rexellis@gmail.com) or by cell phone (352.262.3687)