is the conductivity tensor, is the direction of gravity and is a soil parameter called tortuosity. How much water is stored in the volume depends on the pressure there, as the liquid and solid material may both be compressed. Therefore, the change of mass depends on the change of pressure. The relation is described by the storativity . Substituting those into the basic balance equation[1]:

represents additional sinks or sources.

Szecsi Laszlo 2001-03-21